Mitchelton-SCOTT to wrap up the 2018 season at the Japan CupFri 19 Oct 2018
A long and successful year of racing comes to a close for Mitchelton-SCOTT over the weekend at the 27thedition of the Japan Cup.
Australian climber Jack Haig leads the team with strong support waiting in the wings in the shape of neo-pro Rob Stannard and fellow Aussie Rob Power.
Power returns after finishing third in 2016 in what was a strong team performance that saw Dane Chris Juul Jensen take second and this year’s line-up is completed by veterans Mathew Hayman and Svein Tuft alongside Colombian stagiaire Brayan Chaves.
Brayan Chaves (COL, 22)
Jack Haig (AUS, 25)
Mathew Hayman (AUS, 40)
Rob Power (AUS, 24)
Rob Stannard (AUS, 20)
Svein Tuft (CAN, 41)
The team’s first appearance came way back in 2012 when Canadian Christian Meier finished in fifth place before Juul Jensen and power secured the best result so far for the Australian outfit with second and third in 2016.
Spread over two days the event starts with a short 38kilometre criterium on Saturday before the main event follows on Sunday with a 144kilometre road race made up of 14laps of a 10.3kilometre circuit.
Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage:
“We’re looking forward to the weekend and to be back racing in Japan with a strong team in support of Jack and aiming to finish the season on a high note.”
“Both Stannard and Power will have some freedom with both guys enjoying some good late season form and with the experience of Hayman and Tuft in support we have a solid line-up to achieve a good performance.
“Brayan will have to be attentive from the start and after racing against WorldTour opposition with us at the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic back in August, Japan will provide more valuable experience for him.”
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