Mitchelton-SCOTT women hoping to close the season on a high at the Tour of GuangxiThu 18 Oct 2018
After their best season to date, Mitchelton-SCOTT women are hoping to finish off the 2018 on a high in the final Women's WorldTour race of year, the Tour of Guangxi this Sunday.
With a small but powerful mixed team, the Australian outfit are prepared for various outcomes in what looks to be a fairly unpredicatble one-day race.
Coming on the same day as the final stage of the men’s tour, the women follow a similar route with rolling roads for the first part of the race before the riders tackle two climbs between 5-8% gradients.
The first climb is around 2.5km with the second, 4.5km second category climb coming after 104km of racing before a pan flat road into the finish line.
"It's my first trip to China so I'm looking forward to racing somewhere completely different. Unlike most of the racing the women's peloton does in China, the course does have some hills.
"While they don't look particularly hard and they are a long way from the finish, it's hard to predict how the race will unfold. At this time of year everyone's form is a bit unknown. We are starting with a small team, but still have a lot of versatility to challenge either in a sprint finish or if it breaks up over the climbs."
Martin Vestby - Sport director
"It is a race that can be quite open with a mix of teams and riders so I think we can follow a little bit but not be too aggressive as we have riders to follow the moves with these riders for all situations.”
“We have Lucy and Spratty who are strong on the climbs, but it is quite far to the finish, it's around 30km from the top of the climb so there is still a good chance it will be some sort of peloton arriving together at the finish line, hopefully they can all survive and we can have numbers to play with in the final.
“Gracie and Georgia are our options for the sprint, if it is a sprint but the riders will need to be honest with each other how they are feeling after the travel and they will need to talk and decide a little bit out on the road."
Previously at the Tour of Guangxi
Last year Sarah Roy was the highest finisher for the team in 16th place in a bunch sprint.
Sunday, 21 October, Guilin Circuit Race, 145.8km
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