ORICA-SCOTT ready for a fast finale at the Ride London ClassicThu 27 Jul 2017
A busy weekend of racing for ORICA-SCOTT culminates at Sunday’s Ride London Classic with the Australian outfit motivated and prepared for a fast and aggressive finale.
The 200kilometre WorldTour event is in it’s sixth year and boasts a tough parcours that include the sharp Surrey climbs of Leigh Hill and Box Hill before what is normally a sprint finish on The Mall in central London.
Two-time Vuelta Espana stage winner Magnus Cort will lead the line for ORICA-SCOTT with a strong supporting cast of fast finishers in the wings.
South African national time trial champion Daryl impey comes into the team from the Tour de France and alongside experienced lead out specialist Roger Kluge and Mitch Docker forms a key part of the support network for Cort.
“We go to London with a really solid team,” explained sport director Dave McPartland. “Most of the guys are coming in to start the second half of the season after some solid training over the past three weeks and motivation to get a result is really high.”
“Magnus had a good hit out at the Ordiziako Klasika in Spain on Tuesday, he was the last rider to be caught out of the breakaway and showed that he is strong and full of purpose. With the support of Mitch, Roger and Daryl we have an abundant supply of a speed for the expected sprint finish.
“It’s not an easy race and the with the length of the finish up The Mall there’s the possibility of a relatively open situation and we hope we can capitalise on that.”
2016 Paris Roubaix champion and Road Captain Mathew Hayman comes into the team after completing a successful Tour de France looking after the white jersey winner Simon Yates, and his experience and expertise will be important on Sunday.
Multiple Australian track medalists Michael Hepburn and Alexander Edmondson complete the strong and compact line up and will both bring additional firepower and speed in what is sure to be a fast race.
“Regardless as to whether the race finishes in a smaller group off the front or the expected larger bunch sprint, we have guys willing and able to perform here,” concluded McPartland. “Our goal is to go for a result and we are targeting the podium, you have to aim high if you want to achieve success and we are ready to give it our all.”
ORICA-SCOTT at the Ride London Classic (Sunday, 30th July):
Magnus Cort (DEN, 24)
Mitch Docker (AUS, 30)
Alexander Edmondson (AUS, 23)
Mathew Hayman (AUS, 39)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 25)
Daryl Impey (SA, 32)
Roger Kluge (DE, 31)