MTS continue to hunt for a Classics win at Gent-WevelgemSat 30 Mar 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT continue their pursuit of a victory in this year’s Belgian Classics with the same core group of riders ready for this tomorrow's iconic race, Gent-Wevelgem.
Matteo Trentin will lead the motivated team after his promising performance in yesterday’s E3 BinckBank Classic, as the hungry squad try and pull things all together and come out on top.
The lengthy 251kilometre day covers 10 main climbs including two ascents of the steep cobbled Kemmelberg which is often a crucial moment of the race, with its hard lead in and twisty narrow roads afterwards.
Last year, Trentin sprinted to seventh place from a small group of 20 riders with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking the race victory.
The teams’s best result was the year before in 2017 when former rider Jens Keukeleire sprinted to second place, after escaping in the final alongside Greg van Avermaet (former BMC-Racing), and just held off the chasers by six seconds.
"In the last two Classics races I have felt pretty good and that gives me even more motivation for tomorrow's race. I have been in the final of Gent-Wevelgem a couple times before and now together with Matteo, we have some good options to play after Kemmel."
Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director
“It is always hard in these races to say there is just one leader, many things can happen in the race, as we have seen also with crashes in the races before and also how the legs are on the day.
"We always need to try to have options for the final. Mezgec needs to be there if it comes to a sprint and so we have a lead-out man, you always need numbers.
“We have Trentin in good shape for Gent-Wevelgem and he should hopefully be one of the guys for the final. He showed yesterday he was good, he was always in a good position.
“These races are also so important to have good communication between riders, it is important especially when there’s maybe just two riders left in the final together, they can really profit from each other, when you believe in each other you can really take something from it.”
Sunday, 31st March: Gent - Wevelgem, 251km
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