ORICA-SCOTT head to GP du canton d'Argovie with options

Mon 5 Jun 2017

ORICA-SCOTT head to Switzerland this week for the one-day race GP du canton d'Argovie (Gippingen) on Thursday 8th June.

The 188.7kilometre race consists of ten undulating local circuits with a short but difficult uphill finish and is a precursor to the ten-day Tour of Swiss.

The ORICA-SCOTT eight-rider team line-up features a balanced mix of speed and strength and includes two-time winner Michael Albasini.

“Albasini has performed well in this race in the past,” sport director Neil Stephens “He is a local rider and very popular in the area but he is also a very marked rider.”

“We want to give him as much support as we can but also not lump to much pressure on him and focus all our attention on him, so we will go into the race with a bit of an open plan.”

The race provides the team with the perfect opportunity to race with multiple options and for the riders heading to the Tour of Swiss it’s a good chance to test out the legs.

Bringing strength and experience to the squad is Kiwi Sam Bewley and Mitch Docker who will be joined by fast men, Luka Mezgec, Alex Edmondson and 2016 Vuelta a Espana stage winner Magnus Cort who returns to racing after suffering from a broken collarbone.

“Depending on how the race is going and particularly towards the final we will keep things quite open and flexible and have the option of different guys to use,” Stephens continued.

“Some of the riders that maybe don’t have so many opportunities will be able to have a chance here. Mezgec is obviously in great form after the Giro d’Italia, as is Edmondson and also Bewley returns to racing after a big training block in Colombia.”

“There won’t be any pressure on Magnus Cort either as it is his first race back from injury, so he is a guy that we can maybe put to use a little earlier in the race than we normally would do.

“Hopefully we have a few riders there at the finish and it isn’t going to be just a one horse race with Albasini. He has the potential to get a result but with a fairly open plan we should have options in the final and can reap these rewards.”

Climbing talents Carlos Verona and Rob Power balance out the team line-up for the 54th edition of the GP du Canton d’Argovie. The race covers 18.8kilometre laps around the town of Gippingen in northern Switzerland.

ORICA-SCOTT riders for GP du canton d'Argovie (8th June):

Michael Albasini - (SUI, 36)
Sam Bewley - (NZ, 29)
Magnus Cort - (DEN, 24)
Mitch Docker - (AUS, 30)
Alexander Edmondson - (AUS, 23)
Luka Mezgec - (SLO, 28)
Robert Power - (AUS, 21)
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 24)

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