ORICA-SCOTT return to the Tour de Yorkshire on the hunt for stage successTue 25 Apr 2017
The third edition of the Tour de Yorkshire takes place this week and will see ORICA-SCOTT return to Northern England with Australian sprinting sensation Caleb Ewan on the hunt for a stage win.
Ewan heads a fast and compact squad for the three-day mini stage race and lines up alongside the versatile Clasica de Almeria winner Magnus Cort and German lead out specialist Roger Kluge.
“Our primary goal for the Tour de Yorkshire is to try and go for a stage win with Caleb,” said sport director Dave McPartland. “After a second place last year it is only natural that we aim for the top step of the podium this time around.”
“Caleb is coming into the team after a good block of training and a successful first part of the 2017 season. We will do everything we can to set Caleb up in the best position possible to contest the stage win, winning here would also prove to Caleb that he is ready for the Giro d’Italia.”
Road captain Mathew Hayman returns to racing after the Belgian classics and completes the line up with fellow Australian Mitch Docker and Canadian strong man Svein Tuft.
“We have a well rounded team for this race,” continued McPartland. “And three days of competing on some hard man Yorkshire terrain will be worth more than gold for us.”
“The first two stages here look to suit our objectives nicely whereas the third and final stage will be more of an open contest with the constant short climbs that come before the finish.”
Stage one takes place on Friday and races around the rolling roads of the northeastern coastline near Whitby. Three climbs stand out from the course profile before a flat finish along the North Bay in Scarborough.
Stage two is a short affair at only 122.5kilometres and on paper looks to be tailor made for the sprinters. A solitary categorised climb, the Cote de Lofthouse comes mid way through the stage before a fast run into the finish in downtown Harrogate.
The third and final stage crosses the hilly and picturesque Yorkshire Dales and at 194.5kilometres is the races longest stage. The parcours is a tough one and includes over 3,500metres of elevation and a 22kilometre finishing circuit that features four categorised climbs.
ORICA-SCOTT at the Tour de Yorkshire (28th-30th April):
Magnus Cort (DEN, 24)
Mitch Docker (AUS, 30)
Caleb Ewan (AUS, 22)
Mathew Hayman (AUS, 39)
Roger Kluge (DE, 31)
Svein Tuft (CAN, 39)
Tour de Yorkshire stages:
Friday 28th April, Stage 1: Bridlington to Scarborough, 173km.
Saturday 29th April Stage 2: Tadcaster to Harrogate, 122.5km.
Sunday 30th April, Stage 3: Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield, 194.5km.
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