Mitchelton-SCOTT looking to repeat its first Monument victory at Milan – San RemoTue 19 Mar 2019
This Saturday’s Milan-San Remo will determine the first Monument winner of 2019, with Mitchelton-SCOTT keen to repeat the performance that put the team on the map in its inaugural season in 2012.
European champion Matteo Trentin will captain the Australian team’s chances with a mix of experience, including a return to racing for Daryl Impey, joining the youth of two neo-pros in Edoardo Affini and Robert Stannard who will debut at the race.
- Edoardo Affini (ITA, 22)
- Michael Hepburn (AUS, 27)
- Daryl Impey (RSA, 34)
- Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 29)
- Luka Mezgec (SLO, 30)
- Robert Stannard (AUS, 20)
- Matteo Trentin (ITA, 29)
As the longest one-day race of the calendar, Milan-San Remo taps out at 291km in distance.
Despite taking over seven hours to complete the last two editions, the race traditionally comes down to the final two climbs when the Cipressa (5.6km, 4.1% average) is shortly followed by the Poggio (3.7km, 3.7% average) in the run in to the line.
The season’s first and longest monument has been a happy hunting ground for Mitchelton-SCOTT from its inaugural year, when Simon Gerrans claimed a classy victory that put the team on the world map.
Since then, the team has podiumed twice more, once with Michael Matthews (third) in 2015 and again with Caleb Ewan (second) last year.
“I think I am coming into Milan - San Remo with better form than last year and also with a smoother approach. I have done my homework, let’s see on Saturday.
“We have a really strong team. We can see from our team’s performances at Paris-Nice and in Tirreno”
“San Remo is not a short race, it’s a long race. There are a lot of options, so many things can happen in all of those kilometres, but I think we are ready for that.”
“This race certainly put us on the map in Europe way back in 2012 and it’s a race we’ve have continued to have success in, podiuming twice since with Michael Matthews and Caleb Ewan. We’ve always been competitive and this year I am sure will not be any different.
“The big thing that can affect Milan - San Remo is the weather. You can have such a variety of conditions. From a beautiful day with no wind, or as we’ve also seen snow. Because it is a race of almost 300km and the boys are out there for a long, long time, the weather does have a big effect on the final result.
“It’s always that mix between the world’s best Classics riders and the pure sprinters. It’s the easiest Classic to ride, but it’s one of the hardest to win.
“Matteo is our man. He’s got great form and has had a couple of victories already this season. He’s a very proud Italian and it’s a Classic he knows he has the ability to win.”
Photo courtesy of Kristof Ramon.