Mitchelton-SCOTT women head to the inaugural edition of Clásica San Sebastián with cards to playWed 31 Jul 2019
After a successful month of July, Mitchelton-SCOTT women returned to racing in the Basque Country, bringing a strong team for the inaugural edition of Clásica San Sebastián women’s race this Saturday.
Recently crowed Giro-Rosa champion Annemiek van Vleuten and third place finisher Amanda Spratt are two obvious leaders for the hilly race, but the team an abundance of strength, depth and options with Durango-Durango winner Lucy Kennedy also in the line-up.
A trio of fresh support riders come in the form of Jess Allen, world points race champion Alexandra Manly and New Zealand time trial champion Georgia Williams.
The 127.1kilometre route features four-categorised climbs with a lot of relentless and undulating terrain throughout the day. The first two climbs, the Jaizkibel and Guruize, come in the middle of the race before the riders pass the finish line after 77.7kilometres and head out on a final loop, taking in the Maddiola and the final climb just seven-kilometres from the finish line, the Murgil Tontorra, which is also the final climb of the men’s race.
2019 is the first ever edition of the women’s race in San Sebastian and with the same tough terrain as the men’s race it is set to be an exciting event with most of the big WorldTour women’s teams on the start list despite it not being a WorldTour race for this first edition.
“Since they announced the first women's edition of San Sebastian I had hoped to be racing it. I've watched the men's race a few times and it's always an exciting race and the Basque fans are very enthusiastic! It will be great to be able to share the prestige and atmosphere by racing on the same day.
“It's a really tough course with relentless hills, which suits our team well. We showed our climbing strength at the Giro-Rosa and are confident we can continue that here.”
“I’m super excited to have a women's race along side the men's race for San Sebastian. The course looks very challenging which suits our team really well.
“It'll be great to have Annemiek and Spratty returning from a successful Giro-Rosa but we also have Lucy who is climbing really well too. I'm sure it will be an aggressive and exciting race.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into a race block again. I've had a three-week training block in Andorra so I'm keen to get stuck into the last part of the season.”
Alejandro Gonzales - Sport Director
“The idea for us is to play it open, we have several options with Spratt, Van Vleuten and Kennedy as well.
“It will be a hard race with lots of climbs, it is a new race but as usually we’ll race as a team and will try to make the race as hard as possible. Everybody looks in good form and they are all looking forward to do some new racing.”
Saturday, 3rd August: Donostia (San Sebastian) to Donostia (San Sebastian) 127.7km
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