ORICA-SCOTT aiming high at E3 Harelbeke

Tue 21 Mar 2017

ORICA-SCOTT head into E3 Harelbeke and the Flemish cycling week at full tilt with a strong squad and solid ambitions.

The Northern European classics are finally in full swing and the Australian outfit are set to take part in the 60th edition of “the little Tour of Flanders” with an experienced eight man team aiming to do well in the first cobbled classic of the UCI World Tour.

“With this team getting more mature and experienced all the time, we can go into this race with justifiably high objectives,” said Sport director Laurenzo Lapage,

“We are in a fortunate position to have more than one option for the race finale, Magnus Cort and Luke Durbridge are both in great condition and have shown good form lately, earning protected roles.”

“Whereas Jens Keukeleire and our road captain Mathew Hayman provide us with alternatives and have the freedom to race aggressively, these two guys in particular have lots of experience in these races and can feel the key moments.”

Lead out specialists Luka Mezgec and Mitch Docker complete the line up for ORICA-SCOTT alongside Danish diesel engine Chris Juul Jensen.

“Luka and Mitch will be important for us if the race holds together for a bunch sprint finish,” explained Lapage. “They give us vital support in this area and Chris’s work ethic and ability speaks for itself, you don’t top ten in Strade Bianche if you’re not in top condition.”

“We will be looking to stick together throughout the race, but we have options and will see how the moves go early on.”

The race is traditionally held in the Flanders region of Belgium, starting and finishing in Harelbeke and covering 203kilometres around the Flemish Ardennes.

A highly prestigious cobbled classic, the parcours includes the infamous Muur van Geraardsbergen and whilst shorter than the older Tour of Flanders, the race covers many of the same roads and climbs.

ORICA-SCOTT at E3 Harelbeke (Friday 24th March):

Magnus Cort (DEN, 24)

Mitch Docker (AUS, 31)

Luke Durbridge (AUS, 25)

Mathew Hayman (AUS, 38)

Michael Hepburn (AUS, 25)

Chris Juul Jensen (DEN, 27)

Jens keukeleire (BEL, 28)

Luka Mezgec (SLO, 28)

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