ORICA-SCOTT with dual ambitions at the Tour of Slovenia

Mon 12 Jun 2017

The 24th edition of the Tour of Slovenia takes place this week and ORICA-SCOTT head into the four-day mini stage race targeting both stage and overall success.

A successful coming of age performance in last years race from young Australian climber Jack Haig saw the 23-year-old finish second on stage two and second on the general classification and he returns this year to share leadership roles with Dane Chris Juul Jensen.

Grand tour stage winner Luka Mezgec will be protected in the sprints on his home soil as he targets a stage win by the strength and speed of Australian track champions Michael Hepburn and Alexander Edmondson and German lead out specialist Roger Kluge.

The four-day race covers some challenging terrain, but the parcours is quite similar to the 2016 edition and sport director Matt Wilson believes the team has what it takes to achieve their objectives.

“We will be going into the race with both sprint and general classification aspirations,” explained Wilson. “Luka is very motivated to get a win here in his home country and both Chris and Jack have shown that they are capable of leading the team and targeting high result on the overall.”

“We are fortunate to have a versatile squad and this line up gives us both options and strength in depth. We have the power and experience of Svein Tuft combined with the speed and all round capabilities of Mitch Docker completing the line up and more than one of these guys are capable of race wins in their own right.

“The Tour of Slovenia has been a regular fixture on the ORICA-SCOTT calendar for some years now and it is a great four-day event. With five WorldTour teams taking part this year we are expecting a very competitive race."

The race covers over 600kilometres of challenging terrain and includes something for all types of rider, tough climbs, technical descents and fast sprints. The countryside is often spectacular and lends itself well to aggressive racing particularly Saturday’s Queen Stage that ends with a first category climb up to the finish in Rogla.

ORICA-SCOTT at the Tour of Slovenia (15th – 18th June):

Mitch Docker (AUS, 30)

Alexander Edmondson (AUS, 23)

Jack Haig (AUS, 23)

Michael Hepburn (AUS, 25)

Chris Juul Jensen (DEN, 27)

Roger Kluge (DE, 31)

Luka Mezgec (SLO, 28)

Svein Tuft (CAN, 39)

Tour of Slovenia stages:

Thursday 15th June, Stage 1: Koper – Kocevje, 159.4km

Friday 16th June, Stage 2: Ljubljana – Ljubljana, 169.9km

Saturday 17th June, Stage 3: Celje – Rogla, 167.7km

Sunday 18th June, Stage 4: Rogaska Slatina – Novo Mesto, 160km

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