Mitchelton-SCOTT to go stage hunting at the Tour of GuangxiSun 13 Oct 2019
The 2019 season will come to a close for Mitchelton-SCOTT as they head to China for the third edition of the Tour of Guangxi on the hunt for stage wins.
Australian Alex Edmondson will head into the race after a strong Tour of Croatia where he took four top-five finishes and the points jersey. While neo-pro Edoardo Affini will bring his impressive debut pro season to and end alongside fellow 2019 signings Callum Scotson and Nick Schultz.
Former European champion Matteo Trentin will line-up for his final race with the squad after a successful two-year spell, while in contrast 2020 new signing Kaden Groves will take on just his fourth race with the team.
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 23)
Alex Edmondson (AUS, 25)
Kaden Groves (AUS, 20)
Nick Schultz (AUS, 25)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 23)
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 30)
The route remains unchanged from the 2018 edition, with a mix of flat stages, medium mountain stages and a mountainous day slotted into the six days of racing. The race opens with two sprint stages before it heads into a hillier terrain, with the mountainous queen stage coming on stage four.
Trentin sprinted on the hill stage five of the second edition of the race in 2018. The Italian was also the team’s top finisher on the general classification in 19th. The closest the team came to victory in 2017 was with former rider Magnus Cort, who took third on stage three and stage five before going into finish 12th overall.
“Croatia was a good tour for the team and myself. I felt good there so of course the confidence is there leading into China and we have a super strong team here so it’s going to be a good race for us.”
“Of course this year has been a bit of a roller coaster of a year for me with some ups with an awful lot of lows. I really wanted to bounce back and finish the year off with a good solid block of racing.”
“I’m looking forward to the week ahead with the team, then being able to reset the batteries before the build-up to 2020!”
Matt Wilson (Sports Director)
“The race this year follows the exact same parcours as last year, so there’s four straight bunch sprints, one mountain top and one medium mountain stage that Trentin won last year.”
“It’s fantastic that were on par with our best ever wins total for the season, there’s certainly a great opportunity to break that this year, but we’re not going into this race concentrating on that, we just want to get the job done.”
“We’re hoping to get a stage win, that would be fantastic. We’ve got both Edmo and Kaden Groves, who’s also a great sprinter, so if we can give some opportunities to those guys that would be great, but we’ll just see how the race goes.”
Tour of Guangxi 2019 Race Details:
Thursday, 17 October: Beihai to Beihai, 108km
Friday, 18 October: Beihai to Qinzhou, 147km
Saturday, 19 October: Nanning, 128km
Sunday, 20 October: Nanning to Mashan, 154km
Monday, 21 October: Liuzhou-Guilin, 217km
Tuesday, 22 October: Guilin, 171km