Mitchelton-SCOTT with youth and experience for Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

Fri 30 Mar 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT continue racing in the Basque Country next week with a strong team that has a mixture of youth and experience at the six-day event - Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco which starts on Monday.

The race

Almost every stage is peppered with numerous categorised climbs with it being in an area renowned for relentlessly undulating terrain.

The race kicks off with tough stages but with the potential to finish in reduced group sprints before an individual time trial on stage four, to mix up the general classification, followed by two decisive stages on day five and six.

Stage five features a first category climb just 15kilometres from the finish with stage six, the final chance to decide the overall classification, with two first-category climbs coming in the final 30kilometres of the six-day event.

The team

Michael Albasini - (SUI, 37)
Jack Haig - (AUS, 24)
Lucas Hamilton - (AUS 22) 
Chris Juul-Jensen - (DEN, 28)
Robert Power - (AUS, 22) 
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 25)

Carlos Verona

"I have done Pais Vasco every year since I became pro in 2013, so this will be my sixth participation and it is always a challenging race. I think it is the WorldTour race where the climbing level is higher as there’s hardly any opportunities for the sprinters. The steep and short climbs, the narrow roads and one of the most enthusiastic cycling crowds, it’s the Basque Country.”

“Volta Catalunya was almost the first race of the season for me and I felt so good, after a easy week at home the form can’t be so different, I am healthy and motivated so I hope to be at my best in the Basque Country.”

“In general we have a young and strong team, we will miss Adam Yates, he was supposed to be our team leader during the week, but with the horse power that we have and with the guidance of our team captain Michael Albasini, I think we can keep up the good work that the team is doing since the start of the season in all the stage races that we have done."

“I think we have more than one rider capable of winning a stage and also do a good general classification result, so now it’s time to have fun, play our cards and try to get the best of this new edition of beautiful Basque Country.”

Previously in Pais Vasco

In 2017 Mitchelton-SCOTT walked away with a stage victory from Michael Albasini on a rainy stage two. Likewise in 2012 when Daryl Impey also claimed a stage victory for the team on the second stage. 

The Australian outfits highest overall general classification result was in 2015 with Simon Yates. 

Race details

Monday, 2nd April: Stage 1, Zarautz - Zarautz, 162km 
Tuesday, 3rd April: Stage 2, Zarautz - Bermeo, 152km
Wednesday, 4th April: Stage 3, Bermeo - Valdegovia, 184km
Thursday, 5th April: Stage 4, Lodosa - Sartaguda, 19.4km ITT
Friday, 6th April: Stage 5, Vitoria - Eibar, 164km
Saturday, 7th April: Stage 6, Eibar - Arrate, 122km

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