ORICA-SCOTT hungry to defend in Hamburg with EwanThu 17 Aug 2017
ORICA-SCOTT return to the one-day WorldTour race the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg this weekend as the defending champions with sprinter Caleb Ewan.
Last year the young Australian won the event in a hard fought sprint beating Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and returns to the race this year with a strong and diverse team to challenge for a consecutive victory.
“Every year the race has finished with a sprint,” said sport director Matt White. “The main pressure will be on Bora-Hansgrohe with the in-form man of August, Peter Sagan. It is the only WorldTour event in Germany and they also has Sam Bennet who just won two stages in the Tour of Czech, so they will be team to beat.”
“It’s 230kilometres with hardly any climbing on the circuit, however the weather could be the main deciding factor that could effect the outcome of the race.
“We have balance and experience within the team that gives us strengths for each eventuality.”
The ORICA-SCOTT eight rider team line-up boosts a lot of talent with South African time trial champion Daryl Impey, Paris Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman and 2014 third place finisher Simon Gerrans.
Powerful fast men Michael Hepburn, Alex Edmondson, Slovenian champion Luka Mezgec and local German rider Roger Kluge provide the perfect lead-out for Ewan should it once again conclude with a sprint.
“I think Caleb is in good condition to win it again if he gets a clear run at the finish,” White continued. “If it comes down to pure speed against speed, and if Caleb is fresh then he can beat almost anyone.”
“The main thing with this sprint is it is pretty tricky, it's in a city and it gets narrow with around one kilometre to go.”
The WorldTour race takes this Sunday, starting and finishing in the centre of Hamburg in it’s 22nd edition.
ORICA-SCOTT riders in Hamburg (20th August):
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