ORICA-SCOTT ready for a hit out at the one-day Veenendaal Classic

Tue 15 Aug 2017

ORICA-SCOTT return to Holland this Friday for the one-day race, the Veenendaal Classic.

Last year Australian Mitch Docker sprinted to fourth place in the event and will line up once again as the team return with a fast and strong squad with options for the 195km Dutch race.

In previous editions the race has concluded with a bunch sprint but the team are prepared for all possible options. 

“Most years this race has finished with a sprint,” explained sport director Matt White . “There’s a few riders missing this year like Dylan Gronewegen (Lotto-Jumbo) for example who won the race the past two years.”

“It is likely it could finish with a sprint again but I think if there’s a big enough group up the road and the right combination then it could potentially stay away as there’s not that many WorldTour team’s racing.

“For us it would work either way, we have a good group of guys and Luka Mezgec is in really good shape at the moment and could be there for the sprint.”

Joining Mezgec and Docker are Australian’s Michael Hepburn, Alex Edmondson, Paris Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman and Herald Sun Tour winner Damien Howson. German rider Roger Kluge rounds up the seven-rider ORICA-SCOTT squad.

With another key race and goal for the team on Sunday in Germany, the one-day Dutch classic provides the riders with the perfect opportunity to test their legs ahead of the weekend WorldTour race.

“It is a good hit out for us ahead of Sunday’s WorldTour race in Hamburg,” White continued. “Most of the team will be racing both events so it’s the perfect hit out just a couple of days before.”

ORICA-SCOTT riders in Veenendaal (18th August):

Mitch Docker - (AUS, 30)
Alexander Edmondson - (AUS, 23)
Mathew Hayman - (AUS, 39)
Michael Hepburn - (AUS, 26)
Damien Howson - (AUS, 25)
Roger Kluge - (GER, 31)
Luka Mezgec - (SLO, 29)

Photo courtesy of TDWsport