Mitchelton-SCOTT return to the Basque country for Gran Premio Miguel Indurain

Thu 29 Mar 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT men head to the Basque country this weekend for the one-day race, Gran Premio Miguel Indurain, with a strong and fairly young team line-up.

With the Pais Vasco six-day race beginning two days later in a similar area, it provides the team with a good hit-out to test the legs on the climbs and go for an early victory ahead of tough week.

The race

The 186kilometre race begins with one undulating lap of 95kilometres before passing through the finish line and heading out on another loop which features a first category climb (Alto de Arradia) after 121kilometres of racing and a second category climb (Alto de Lezaun) after 138kilometres.

The riders also tackle two other tough, uncategorised climbs, the Alto de Muru and Alto Ibarra, coming just two kilometres from the finish line, which could prove to be the most important and decisive part of the race.

The race passes through the finish line again after 157kilometres, before a final loop that takes in another second category climb (Alto de Eraul) and the once again the Alto de Muru and Alto Ibarra.

The team

Michael Albasini -  (SUI, 37)
Sam Bewley - (NZ, 30) 
Jack Haig - (AUS, 24)
Lucas Hamilton - (AUS, 22) 
Robert Power - (AUS, 22) 
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 25)

Jack Haig- 2017 Tour of Poland stage winner

“We have had some injuries within the team recently and this has given the younger riders an opportunity to come through and all race together. Indurain is a good example of that were the line-up is full of younger guys, and they are all going well like we saw in Catalunya and Coppi e Bartali, both Rob Power and Lucas Hamilton are going really good.”

“I think also having myself and Carlos Verona coming from Catalunya, Carlos was flying there, I was struggling a bit, it was almost my first race, so I hoping to come out of this week with a bit of recovery and come into this race better.”

“Simon Yates won the race last year from the break, it seems to be a signature move at the moment, attacking and getting away towards the end of a race and winning solo.

"It is always a nice race and always a hard race, maybe if it comes back together it could be all up to the final climb which is steep and hard, so we will see there.”

Previously in Gran Premio Miguel Indurain

Last year Mitchelton-SCOTT enjoyed success in the 186kilometre race when Simon Yates claimed a solo victory. The British climber attacked with 10kilometres to go and worked to increase his advantage until the finish line, to take a classy victory.

Saturday, 31st March: Estella - Estella - 186km

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