ORICA-SCOTT on the hunt for stage success at the race of the two seasSun 5 Mar 2017
ORICA-SCOTT return to Tirreno-Adriatico next week with in form Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan looking for stage results in the prestigious week long Italian stage race.
The 52nd edition of the race is bookended with time trials and sees the return of the Terminillo climb on stage four, contributing to over 1,300metres of climbing in what has been described as the toughest edition of the race in recent years.
After proving himself spectacularly against the world’s best sprinters by winning the final stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi last week, 22-year-old Ewan returns to Tirreno-Adriatico as a rider to watch.
“Caleb has enjoyed a very strong start to the season and is showing sensational form lately,” said Sport director Matt White. “This is a very prestigious race and we would like very much to get a stage win here. The route is quite similar to last year and there will be opportunities for us to have a go in the sprints.”
Ewan will be supported by an already successful lead out train including German Roger Kluge and Slovenian Luka Mezgec, despite only racing together for a few weeks the trio are already off to a great start. With the added experience of Daryl Impey the team has some great support for Ewan to call upon.
2016 Tour de France best young rider Adam Yates also returns to the race, but this time with the experienced Roman Kreuziger as a teammate, bolstering the team’s options for the mountains.
“Both Adam and Roman have trained solidly over the winter,” explained White. “Roman rode well in Abu Dhabi and got some valuable racing in his legs with his first outing for the team, whilst Adam has had a good period preparing since the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.”
“We plan on starting off the week strongly in the team time trial and with two specialists like Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn, we have a pair of riders capable of aiding our objectives immediately.
“With a strong start it will keep our general classification guys in the hunt, but the climbs during the week will sort the men from the boys before the race finally gets sorted on the last day with a short time trial.
“It would be nice if we can get a good overall result and I am sure our lads will be competitive in what is a very strong field of competitors for the general classification.”
The 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico covers a total of 1,013 kilometres and traverses Italy from the west to the east, from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic. The race crosses into the Marche region for the iconic Terminillo summit finish before concluding with a pan flat individual time trial in San Benedetto Del Tronto.
ORICA-SCOTT at Tirreno-Adriatico (8TH -14TH March):
Luke Durbridge (AUS, 25)
Caleb Ewan (AUS, 22)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 25)
Daryl Impey (SA, 32)
Roger Kluge (DE, 31)
Roman Kreuziger (CZ, 30)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 28)
Adam Yates (GBR, 24)
Weds 8th March, Stage 1: Lido di Camaiore, 22.7km TTT
Thurs 9th March, Stage 2: Camaiore – Pomarance, 229km
Fri 10th March, Stage 3: Monterotundo Maritimo – Montalto Di Castro, 204km
Sat 11th March, Stage 4: Montalto Di Castro – Terminillo, 171km
Sun 12th March, Stage 5: Rieti – Fermo, 209km
Mon 13th March, Stage 6: Ascoli Pieno – Civitanova Marche, 168km,
Tue 14th March, Stage 7: San Benedetto Del Tronto, 10km ITT
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