Mitchelton-SCOTT’s women line-up for two new races in Spain

Fri 26 Jul 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT head back to Spain for two new one-day races as they line-up for Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa and Clasica Femenina Navarra next week.

Both races race present different challenges with a varied parcours on each day and a suitably strong squad will head to Pamplona looking to build on a successful July.

Australian Gracie Elvin returns to action for the first time since the Women’s Tour and will line-up for both races, while compatriot Lucy Kennedy starts her first race since the Giro-Rosa at the hilly Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa.

Kennedy will be replaced by Sarah Roy for the flatter Clasica Femenina Navarra, who herself comes into the race off the back of a strong showing at the Giro-Rosa and La Course.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Jess Allen (AUS, 26)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS, 31) *Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa
Alex Manly (AUS, 23)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 33) *Clasica Femenina Navarra
Moniek Tenniglo (NED, 31)
Georgia Williams (NZL, 25)

The Course

Both races start in Pamplona, but that is where the similarity ends. The 108-kilometre Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa boasts three climbs along the route and looks set to favour the climbers in the peloton. The first climb tops out after just 20-kilometres of racing, while the final ascent peaks inside the final 20-kilometres before a downhill run to the finish.

In contrast, Clasica Femenina Navarra appears to be a more sprinter friendly course with a predominately rolling profile spread over 121-kilometres.

Gracie Elvin:
“After a big block of training and a while since my last race, I’m really looking forward to getting back with the team and starting in a new race that we have never done before. It’s a perfect way to begin the last part of the season with some big races following.”

“The first race looks pretty challenging with a few decent climbs, but I’m excited to go and suffer a little after watching my team mates do so well in the hilly Giro and La Course races. The second race looks to be more of a sprinter friendly course which could be a good opportunity for us to work on our lead out again.”

“It’s always nice to race in this area as the people are friendly and the courses are beautiful and challenging. It’s great to have some different races coming into the women’s calendar like these.”

Lucy Kennedy:
“After such a successful Giro for the team I am eager to get racing again. I took some rest before easing back into training and have some intensity again this week to prepare for the racing block.”

“I really enjoyed the racing and courses in this area during Durango-Durango and Bira so I'm looking forward to going back to there. “

“Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa is a new race on the calendar which keeps things interesting. It certainly looks like a tough parcours and one for the climbers. Both my wins this year have come in races with a very tough final climb and a descent to the finish so hopefully I can replicate that here!”

Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas (Sports Director):
“We have a climbers race for the first race in Navarra and a sprinters day on the second. We have a strong line up for both races, for the first one we’re obviously going to play for Lucy Kennedy, she’s come out of the Giro in good form and it’s a course that suits her best.

"On the second one, if it comes down to sprint, we have Sarah Roy. But as usually we would like to have an aggressive race and of course we could give others an opportunity if the race situation turns that way.”

Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa Race Details:
Tuesday, 30th July: Pamplona – Lekumberri, 108km

Clasica Femenina Navarra Race Details:
Thursday, 1st August: Pamplona - Lodosa , 121km