ORICA-SCOTT to make their first appearance at Milan-Torino on Thursday

Sun 1 Oct 2017

ORICA-SCOTT are ready to make their first appearance at another mid-week Italian one-day race, Milan-Torino on Thursday. 

The 186kilometre event comes just two-days before the final monument of the season, Giro di Llombardia, and gives ORICA-SCOTT another opportunity to stretch their legs in preparation for the weekend classic.

With a team made up of mostly climbers, ORICA-SCOTT head to the event with an open approach looking to come out on top.

“It is pan flat for the first 150 or so kilometres and then there’s a climb the Superga and the race finished at the top,” sport director Dave McPartland explained. “It is a finish for a climber with two times up this tough climb.”

“It is the first time we have done the race and it leads us into Lombardia which is the main aim of the week.”

2016 Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates will have an impressive team around him with in-form Tour of Poland stage winner Jack Haig, Herald SunTour winner Damien Howson, experienced Spaniard Ruben Plaza and young Australian Rob Power, fortifying the team with climbing talent. 

“We have a strong climbing team suited to this race,” McPartland continued. “Then we have the likes of Jens Keukeleire and Chris Juul-Jensen who can really help out on the long flat section before we hit the climb for the first time.”

The race begins in San Giuliano Milanese and the riders head west towards Torino, ready to tackle two ascents of the Superga climb making for an exciting and unpredictable finale.

ORICA-SCOTT riders for Milan-Torino (5th Oct):

Jack Haig - (AUS, 23)
Damien Howson - (AUS, 25)
Chris Juul-Jensen - (DEN, 28)
Roman Kreuziger - (CZE, 30)
Jens Keukeleire - (BEL, 28)
Rubén Plaza - (ESP, 36)
Robert Power - (AUS, 22)
Adam Yates - (GB, 25)

Photo courtesy of TDWsport