ORICA-SCOTT target stage results and a solid GC performance at the BinckBank TourFri 4 Aug 2017
Seven day stage racing continues for ORICA-SCOTT next week at the BinckBank Tour in Northern Europe, the Australian outfit line up with a strong eight rider squad targeting a high overall finish and stage wins at the week long UCI WorldTour race.
The race formerly known as the Eneco Tour is in it's thirteenth year and will cover seven stages with each stage concluding with two laps of a closing circuit in each of the seven different finishing towns as the race follows the traditional pattern of a split course between the low lands of Belgium and the Netherlands.
ORICA-SCOTT go into the race with a strong line up and solid objectives, Tour of Belgium winner and local star Jens Keuekeleire will enjoy the support of the team as he targets a high overall result with Australian Michael Hepburn also moving into a protected role for the seven-day race.
“We are going into this race with realistic goals and objectives,” said sport director Laurenzo Lapage. “There is a really good balance throughout the team with experience and strength and as we have shown before when we work together as a team, we can achieve great things.”
“Jens has really stepped up this season, with his performances for us and also for the national team and he merits the support of the squad. To get a good result you need to aim high and alongside a good GC finish we are also targeting stage wins.”
Predominantly consisting of road stages the race is split by an individual time trial on stage two that should suit the characteristics of 23-year-old multiple track medalist Alexander Edmondson.
Edmondson will be joined by last weeks second place finisher at Ride London Magnus Cort and lead out specialists Roger Kluge and Mitch Docker, providing the Australian outfit with versatile options for the flatter stage finishes over the first four days of racing.
A solid eight-rider line up is completed by both the strength and experience of Sam Bewley and Simon Gerrans with the latter’s skills and expertise set to be important over the final three, hilly, Ardennes classics style stages.
“We have a lot of horse power within the team for this race,” continued Lapage. “That power will be important because historically this has always been a challenging race and this year is set to be no different.”
“There are stages that suit us quite well and I believe strongly in our collective capabilities. Of course there will be a tough field of competition, and for sure it will be a hard race, but we are looking forward to the challenge of achieving our goals and getting down to some serious racing.”
ORICA-SCOTT at the BinckBank-Tour (Monday 7th – Sunday 13th August):
Sam Bewley (NZ, 30)
Magnus Cort (DEN, 24)
Mitch Docker (AUS, 30)
Alexander Edmondson (AUS, 23)
Simon Gerrans (AUS, 37)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 25)
Jens Keukeleire (BEL, 28)
Roger Kluge (DE, 31)
BinckBank Tour stages:
Monday 7th August, Stage 1: Breda to Venray, 169.8km
Tuesday 8th August, Stage 2: Voorbrg to Voorburg, (ITT) 9km
Wednesday 9th August, Stage 3: Blankenberge to Ardooie, 185km
Thursday 10th August, Stage 4: Lanaken to Lanaken, 154.2km
Friday 11th August, Stage 5: Sittard-Geleen to Sittard-Geleen, 167.3km
Saturday 12th August, Stage 6: Riemst to Houffalize, 203.7km
Sunday 13th August, Stage 7: Essen to Gerarrdsbergen, 191.3km
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