Mitchelton-SCOTT women’s team open for opportunities at the Ladies Tour of NorwayMon 19 Aug 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT women remain in Scandinavia for the four-day Ladies Tour of Norway starting this Thursday, with an open approach and multiple cards to play.
The varied course and terrain lends itself to the mix of riders in the team line-up that includes climber and recent Clasica San Sebastian winner Lucy Kennedy, Australian time trial champion Grace Brown and Clasica Femenina Navarra sprint winner Sarah Roy.
After a strong performance with a solo attack recently in Vargarda, Moniek Tenniglo gives the team more strength and depth, along with former criterium champion Jess Allen and current world points race champion Alex Manly, who rounds out the six-rider squad.
The four-day race boasts a range of stages over varied terrain from flatter, fast days to some hard climbing. Stage one has two hard climbs but has the potential to still finish in a bunch sprint. Stage two finishes with three laps of an undulating route and is a hard stage to predict being a good stage for the opportunists.
The third stage, the 'Queen' stage, has the first mountain top finish ever featured at the Tour of Norway with a lumpy route and a final 1.3kilometre climb averaging 7.3percent. The day is set to be the most decisive day for the general classification riders before the final stage, a lengthy 156km were the race dips across the boarder into Sweden.”
The team finished in third in place overall with Amanda Spratt in 2015 but has never claimed a stage victory before. Last year the race was won by Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) with Gracie Elvin the highest finisher for the team in 11th place.
“After the race in Vargarda I have some really good confidence in my form going into the Ladies Tour of Norway. I’ve just come out of a good mid-season training block and it’s nice to see that work paying dividends.
“The stages in Norway suit me but we definitely have a few cards up our sleeves with the team we are taking. Hopefully consistency each day with a little bit of fire will pay off to contend some stage wins and the GC.”
Martin Vestby - Sport Director
“What I saw in Vargarda is that we have a strong group of riders that can all achieve results from different scenarios so we have many options to play with in Norway and will continue to race aggressively.
“The general classification won’t be our priority. The stages suit this team quite well, there’s a little bit of everything with some hard climbs and some faster, flatter stages and good opportunities for breakaway’s.”
Ladies Tour of Norway Race Details:
Thursday, 22nd August: Stage 1, Åsgårdstrand – Horten, 128km
Friday, 23rd August: Stage 2, Mysen – Askim, 131km
Saturday, 24th August: Stage 3, Moss – Halden (Fredriksten fortress), 125km
Sunday, 25th August: Stage 4, Svinesund – Halden, 154km
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