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ORICA-SCOTT hungry for stage wins at the OVO Tour of Britain

Fri 1 Sep 2017

ORICA-SCOTT return to the Great Britain this week on the hunt for more stage victories at the eight-day OVO Tour of Britain.

Last year the Australian outfit came away with a stage win on the final day with sprinter Caleb Ewan and are motivated to try and take more sprint wins this year in the EuropeTour event.

Like always, the race features an abundance of second and third category climbs and continuous undulating terrain plus an individual time trial on stage five, however, with the absence of any real mountains, ORICA-SCOTT are well prepared and welcome the more ‘sprinter friendly’ route for 2017.

“We have one of the fastest guys in the world with Caleb so we will be chasing stages with him,” said sport director Matt Wilson. “It's very much a sprinters race this year with no main hilly days and we have a strong team suited to the race.”

The 23-year-old Giro d'Italian stage winner will have a powerful, fast support squad around him with in-form Slovenian champion Luka Mezgec, German Roger Kluge and powerhouse Michael Hepburn. Young Australian Rob Power adds climbing strength to the six-rider line-up.

Making his return to racing after crashing out of the Tour de France on stage one, 26-year-old Luke Durbridge is eager to re-join the team and pin on a race number after spending two months on the sideline. 

“I’m super excited to be back racing,” Durbridge said. “The Tour of Britain is a race I’ve always wanted to do it but it has never been on my race program before.”

“With injury, it opens up new windows of opportunity. My recovery has gone as best as I could have hoped for and I am now looking forward to being back with the ORICA-SCOTT crew and challenging for stage wins next week.”

The British tour beings in Scotland with a 190kilometre opening road stage and weaves it’s way around the country with stages spread throughout England. Unlike previous editions where the race finished in the centre of London with a circuit race, this year the final day is a 180kilometre road stage into Wales. 

ORICA-SCOTT riders:

Luke Durbridge - (AUS, 26)
Caleb Ewan - (AUS, 23)
Michael Hepburn - (AUS, 26)
Roger Kluge - (GER, 31)
Luka Mezgec - (SLO, 29)
Robert Power - (AUS, 22)

OVO Tour of Britain (3rd - 10th September):

Sunday, 3rd Sept: Stage 1, Edinburg - Kelso 190km
Monday, 4th Sept: Stage 2, Kielder Water and Forest park - Blyth 211km
Tuesday, 5th Sept: Stage 3, Normanby Hall - Scunthorpe 178km
Wednesday, 6th Sept: Stage 4, Mansfield - Newark on Trent 165km
Thursday, 7th Sept: Stage 5, Clacton to Clacton ITT 16km
Friday, 8th Sept: Stage 6, Newmarket to Aldeburgh 187km
Saturday, 9th Sept: Stage 7, Hemel Hempstead - Cheltenham 185km
Sunday, 10th Sept: Stage 8, Worcester to Cardiff 180km

Photo courtesy of TDWsport

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