Mitchelton-SCOTT to make first appearance at Coppi e BartaliMon 19 Mar 2018
After a fortnight of successful racing in Italy Mitchelton-SCOTT are set to make their debut at another modern Italian classic next week the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali.
Formerly known as the Giro de Sardegna and first held in 1984 the race since 2005 has formed part of the UCI Europe Tour. Coppi e Bartali is a 2.1 event and named after two of the greatest Italian cyclists of all time (Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali) and is held over four days in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.
Mitchelton-SCOTT have a strong five-man team for the race led by former Danish time trial champion Chris Juul Jensen with multiple Tour de Romandie stage winner Michael Albasini returning to racing after a lay off due to illness.
Neo pro Lucas Hamilton will provide key support for Juul Jesnen on the climbs with Sam Bewley and Svein Tuft completing the line-up.
Michael Albasini (SUI, 37)
Sam Bewley (NZL, 30)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 21)
Chris Juul Jensen (DEN, 28)
Svein Tuft (CAN, 40)
Preparation race with Juul Jensen enjoying some freedom and support of the team to go for stage results and the general classification. The opening day double stage will be importantb to any GC hopes with an afternoon team time trial likely to set the tone for the remaining three stages.
Chris Juul Jensen:
“I am looking forward to it, it’s a nice race with a good reputation and I think that it’s always good to do some of the smaller, opportunist races on the calendar and try to go in there and get a good result.”
“We have a good team here, despite it being a compact one and we have a lot of depth for the team time trial with Sam and Svein and after Paris-Nice and San Remo I am going quite well so I hope I can gets something out of the race.
“Lucas is also in good shape at the moment, so it could also be a great opportunity for him to make his mark in his first year with the WorldTour team, it’s going to be exciting.”
Gene Bates Sport director:
“It will be our first appearance at this race and it is going to provide us with a great opportunity to try and get a result whilst furthering our preparation for the upcoming Flemish classics and the Ardennes.”
“We have a few guys coming back from illness and injury and a tough four-day race like Coppi e Bartali will be a good way to get them back into racing over a parcours that includes something for everyone. The team time trial will be crucial to any GC hopes and we need to produce a solid ride to maintain any chance of being competitive overall.
“Chris is in good form at the moment and has had a solid block of racing at Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo and he will have some freedom in this race to go for stages and a result on the GC.
“It is Lucas’s first year with the WorldTour team and he has settled in very well, performing strongly in a supporting role and he is also showing some good form at the moment. We will be looking for Lucas to play a key part in supporting Chris in the mountains on stage two and see if we can go for a result.”
Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali 22nd to 25th March:
Thursday 22nd March, stage 1a:Gatteo to Gatteo, 97,8km - 1b: Gatteo, 13,3km (TTT)
Friday 23rd March, stage 2: Riccione to Sogliano al Rubicone, 130km
Saturday 24th March, stage 3: Crevalcore to Crevalcore, 171km
Sunday 25th March, stage 4: Fiorano Modenese to Montegibbio (Sassuolo) 12,5km (ITT)
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