Mitchelton-SCOTT women look to finish Australian season on as high at Jayco Herald Sun TourMon 28 Jan 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT women will look to protect their climbers Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, their last Australian race for the season, starting on Wednesday.
The two-day race begins with an opening criterium-style stage on Phillip Island’s Moto GP track, before a late climb on stage two should determine the overall champion in Churchill.
The Australian team arrives fresh off their minor podium places at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday, looking to regain that top step before flying out to begin their European season next month.
- Jessica Allen (AUS, 25)
- Grace Brown (AUS, 26)
- Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
- Lucy Kennedy (AUS, 30)
- Amanda Spratt (AUS, 31)
- Georgia Williams (NZL, 25)
Opening with a criterium-style stage on the Moto GP course in Phillip Island, day one on paper looks to be one for the sprinters. But, if the wind picks up, as it is known to do in the area, the unprotected course could see some surprise echelons and riders will need to be attentive and well-positioned at the front of the bunch.
Stage two should be the real decider for the general classification with a tough climb, including a gravel section, within the final 15km of the stage before a descent to the line.
2019 will be the second edition of the women’s Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Last year, Mitchelton-SCOTT claimed the short time trial stage and second overall with world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, but will be looking to go one better this year.
“We definitely want to win this year. We came so close to winning the Cadel Road Race and this Tour last year, so the team is hungry and motivated to take the overall victory.”
“I'm really looking forward to Wednesday Phillip Island stage. It would typically be a sprinters stage but if there is enough wind I hope we can see some echelons which can split the race apart. If it is a sprint finish we gave Gracie (Elvin) coming back into the team, who has shown she is a fast finisher.
“Thursday's stage is really suited to our team. In the last 15kms there is a really hard climb that I think will decide the general classification. Our aim will be to have our climbers Lucy (Kennedy) and Spratty (Amanda Spratt) in the best shape possible for that climb. The last couple of kilometres of the climb is also gravel which will make the race exciting too.”
2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Women:
Wednesday, 30 January – Phillip Island (97.9km)
Thursday, 31 January – Churchill (91.5km)
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