Mitchelton-SCOTT on the hunt for success in a trio of Italian one-day races with opportunistic teamMon 14 Sep 2020
Mitchelton-SCOTT send an opportunistic squad to Italy later this week for a trio of one-day races; Giro della Toscana, Coppa Sabatini and Giro dell’ Appennino.
The first two races are expected to be more suited to the puncheur riders with Dion Smith and Rob Stannard the team’s main hopes for a victory, while Sunday’s Appennino lends itself to the climbers, with the Australian squad lining-up with options to be aggressive.
Michael Albasini - (SUI, 39) Sabatini and Appenino only
Tsgabu Grmay - (ETH 28)
Alexander Konychev - (ITA 22) Toscana and Sabatini
Barnabas Peák - (HUN 21) Toscana and Appenino only
Dion Smith - (NZ 27)
Nick Schultz - (AUS 25)
Callum Scotson - (AUS, 24)
Rob Stannard - (AUS, 21)
The first mid-week race, Giro della Toscana is 182km races over rolling terrain but without any major GPM’s it lends itself to the breakaway or a bunch sprint finish.
The second race, Coppa Sabatini is slightly longer at 210km and is raced around two circuits. The first circuit is 21.3km and is fairly undulating and is to be completed seven times before a second circuit of 12.2km to be competed five times ahead if the finish.
Sunday's Giro dell’ Appennino is a much harder parcours with climbs seven climbs to tackle during the 194km day.
The team has previously enjoyed success at Giro della Toscana with a victory back in 2014 by former rider Peter Weening. However, for Coppa Sabatini, 2020 will be the first time Mitchelton-SCOTT makes its appearance in the race.
“I am pretty excited to get back racing, it has been a lot of stop starting with racing having been doing one-day races. I feel like I’ve had enough time to prepare and I'm ready to race now.
“The first two races look like they will suit me quite well, I’ve done Sabatini before and that one is one I would like to target. Toscana looks like it will be similar, but it just depends how it is raced. Whereas Sunday is a lot hillier and will be quite different but I think we have a good team to have a go.
“It will be nice to get back into the rhythm and have solid races and we have a pretty good team all round to try some things so I am looking forward to it and seeing what we can do.”
Dave McPartland – Sport Director
“They have changed the course for Toscana this year in the past it has always gone over a hard climb before, but this year is an exception, it is flat, so we expect it to come down to a sprint.
“Sabatini is still a sprinters race, but it is an uphill sprint so not for the out-and-out pure sprinters.
“These courses should suit a rider like Dion and also Stannard is a good option, he is fast too. We have a good team and can be opportunistic each race and also on the hillier final race on Sunday.”
Wednesday, 16th Sept: Giro della Toscana – Pontedera – Pontedera, 182.9km
Thursday 17th Sept: Coppa Sabatini – Peccioli - Peccioli, 210km
Sunday, 20th Sept: Giro dell’ Appennino, Novi-Ligure - Genove, 194.8km
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