Mitchetlon-BikeExchange return to France for the Paris-Arras TourThu 17 May 2018
Mitchelton-BikeExchange at the 36thedition of A Travers Les Hauts De France - Trophee Paris-Arras Tour, part of the Europe Tour and taking place over three days in Northern France.
Formerly a historic race with the first edition dating as far back as 1912, the modern version is in its seventh year, recommencing in 2012 after a hiatus of close to 50 years.
The Chinese UCI Continental team will go into the race with a six-rider team led by Australian track champion Callum Scotson, with strong support coming from compatriot Harry Sweeny and Colombian Brayan Chaves.
Chinese riders Bi Wenhui, Sun Xiaolong and Jiang Zhihui complete the line up with Sun and Jiang in particular gaining more confidence and growing in stature with every European race.
Brayan Chaves (COL, 20)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 21)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 19)
Bi Wenhui (CHI, 25)
Jhiang Xhihui (CHI, 24)
Sun Xiaolong (CHI, 23)
Sport director Dave Sanders:
“The race consists of mainly rolling stages with plenty of hills, but not especially mountainous and historically most days in this race come down to big bunch sprint finishes.”
“We’ve got a solid team, but no clear sprinter, nevertheless I think with Callum and Harry we can target some good stage results and aim for a top ten spot on the general classification.
“Brayan has adapted well to Europe so far but is recovering from illness and along with our Chinese riders we will be looking to him to play a supporting role in the race.
“Sun and Jiang have both settled quite well and Jiang in particular will have some freedom to go up the road if the right opportunity presents itself.
“We are looking forward to the race and as with the other events in this block of competition it provides our guys with some valuable experience and some solid kilometres of competition.”
A Travers Les Hauts De France - Trophee Paris-Arras Tour – Stages:
Friday 18thMay, Stage 1: Le Cateau-Cambresis to Villers les Cagnicourt, 116km
Saturday 19thMay, Stage 2: Lens to Lievin, 189km
Sunday 20thMay, Stage 3: Hermies to Arras, 193km
A Travers Les Hauts De France - Trophee Paris-Arras Tour Friday 18thMay to Sunday 29thMay.