Mixed emotions for Mitchelton-SCOTT as the Tour de France concludes in ParisSun 29 Jul 2018
The Tour de France wrapped up in Paris today with Mitchelton-SCOTT walking away proud, albeit without the desired results.
The Australian outfit selected and prepared a strong eight-rider squad to support young general classification hopeful Adam Yates. When difficult days on stages 11 and 12 forced a regroup and refocus, they were up to the task.
The team went on to animate or feature in the break in most of the remaining stages. And, with a little more luck may have walked away with a couple of stage wins.
Amongst the highlights was the stage three team time trial, where the team fell just nine-seconds short of the victory, despite a heavily fall to Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey the day prior.
Giro d’Italia stage winner Mikel Nieve came agonisingly close on stage 11 when he led solo up the final climb only to be caught by eventual yellow jersey winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in the final few hundred metres.
Having regrouped from his disappointment, Yates also featured in several breakaways in search of a stage victory. His best chance was on stage 16 when he led solo down a final descent only to crash with five-kilometres to go and relinquish his lead.
Despite walking away without the results, head sport director Matt White couldn’t fault the endeavour of the team throughout the month.
“We set the bar high so of course we leave a little disappointed results-wise but we couldn’t have asked more of the boys,” White said.
“The true test of character this Tour de France was their adaptability when the focus shifted. They never stop fighting, we really animated the race from the moment we switched focus and they continued to put themselves in the right position to try for a result each day.
“We were close a number of times and things didn’t fall our way, but that’s professional cycling, that’s sport, and it certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort.”