Mitchelton-SCOTT with strength in numbers to tackle the OVO Energy Tour of BritainThu 5 Sep 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT head to Great Britain later this week ready for the eight-day OVO Energy Tour of Britain with multiple cards to play and a eye for stages wins in the dynamic race.
Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin gives the team a strong option for the punchy days that have hard fast finishes, with the support fellow country man Edoardo Affini and former Australian road champion Alex Edmondson.
A stage winner from last year's editon of the race, Cameron Meyer, will be back on the start line looking to finish off his road racing block for this season on a high, before heading over to the track.
New Zealander Jack Bauer and Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge give the six-rider squad the extra horse power and force to make the racing aggressive with Durbridge looking towards a stong showing in the time trial on day six.
The race begins in Scotland before finishing in Manchester and like always, the course profiles have a bit of everything, with the relentless undulating terrain, on the typically heavy British roads.
Stage four is marked out as the Queen stage, with a lumpy route over the Pennines and thought the Yorkshire Dales and an accumilation of 3000metres of climbing, topped off with a finish on an 11% gradient climb.
Durbridge will have the chance to show off his Australian champions kit with a 14.5kilometre individual time trial stage on day six, which should also add to the general classification excitement, before a tough final stage into Manchester that covers 2000 climbing metres.
The British race has been happy hunting ground in terms of stage wins for the team, having collected seven stage victories over the years. Five wins came from former rider Caleb Ewan in sprint finish (2016, 2017, 2018) and it was one victory each for Cameron Meyer (2018) and Leigh Howard (2012). Howard was also the highest finisher for the team overall in 2012 with a fourth place.
"The Tour of Britain is the last road race of the season for me and I am really looking forward to it. It is always a hard eight-days with up and down roads all day and normally inconsistent weather. The stages are never straight forward and entices some attacking and interesting racing.
"Our Mitchelton-SCOTT team this year for the race is very strong. Many of our guys are preparing for the world championships so will bring good form and with a particularly strong team for time trial on stage six. Matteo Trentin is riding really well and can will be a strong contender for some of the harder sprint stages.
"I have good memories from this race having won a stage last year. The crowds are always amazing and the course suits my characteristics, so I’m looking forward to getting active over the next week with the guys."
“It is really exciting to go to Tour of Britain again, I was there two-years ago and it’s a very very solid race and the roads really sap you after a few hours. We have a really strong team coming in with the likes of Matteo Trentin, I think a lot of the stages suit him. Also Cameron Meyer, he won a stage last year and with the riders we have, I think we can take opportunities and get some good results.
“For me personally, I am looking forward to doing the final touches to my worlds preparation and it is a nice opportunity to have a go in the time trial for the final time in the national colours for this year, so I will give it a good crack.”
Matt Wilson - Sport Director
“We have a really good strong team and the course really suits the team we have with very dynamic stages, and very short and punchy finishes. We are going to go out there and will chase stage wins and see what happens.
“It is a really good preparation race for the world championships too which have a few guys going to, so it ticks a lot of boxes for us.
"There’s a time trial stage later in the week and we’ve got a couple of time trial specialists like Durbridge and Affini who can really have a good go there.”
OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Details:
Saturday, 7th September: Stage 1, Glasgow to Kirkcudbright, 201.5km
Sunday, 8th September: Stage 2, Kelso to Kelso, 166.5km
Monday, 9th September: Stage 3, Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 182.2km
Tuesday, 10th September: Stage 4, Gateshead to Kendal, 171.5km
Wednesday, 11th September: Stage 5, Birkenhead to Birkenhead, 174km
Thursday, 12th September: Stage 6, Pershore to Pershore, 14.5km ITT
Friday, 13th September: Stage 7, Warwick to Burton Dassett, 186.5km
Saturday, 14th September, Stage 8, Altricham to Manchester, 165km
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