Mitchelton-SCOTT head to the prestigious Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian with local Basque rider

Wed 1 Aug 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT head to the prestigious one-day WorldTour race this weekend, Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, with most of their Tour de France squad hoping to carry Grand Tour form into the tough 228km race.

Local Basque rider Mikel Nieve and South African Daryl Impey will head the seven rider squad, with 11 time Canadian champion Svein Tuft coming in as a fresh addition to the team line-up.

The race

The 38th Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian will follow a similar route to last year’s edition, covering 228km including eight categorised climbs, with the final climb the Murgil Tontorra, coming just seven kilometres from the finish line.

Like Mitchelton-SCOTT, many riders will be hoping to bring their Tour de France form to the the event where the final short 1.8km climb tends to be the most decisive.

The Team

Jack Bauer - (NZ, 33) 
Luke Durbridge - (AUS, 27)
Mathew Hayman - (AUS, 39)
Michael Hepburn - (AUS, 26)
Daryl Impey - (RSA, 33)
Mikel Nieve -  (SPA 34) 
Svein Tuft - (CAN, 41)

Mikel Nieve

“It's always nice to ride close to home and in front of our fans. Although the end of the race isn't the best for me, it's always hard and the group is selected a lot on the last climb.  

“I hope to have recovered well from the Tour de France and be able to be at the end of the race and enjoy one of my favourite races.”

Daryl Impey

“San Sebastian is a great area to ride a bike, I last raced there in 2016. It’s a difficult race but one with a long history so it is always nice to try do something in the bigger one-day races. 

“I am hoping to have good legs and hold on the last couple of climbs but it is difficult to say now how I have recovered from the Tour.

“I think there are a few riders who are unsure of how they are going post tour, but on paper it is a race that suits my characteristics and a guy like Mikel. 

“He can definitely follow the attacks on the climbs and he will be motivated in his home country. I will hopefully be good enough to be there should he be brought back. I guess Saturday is a day of the unknowns.”

Matt White - Sport director

“We will go int o the race supporting Daryl and Mikel. We have mostly our Tour de France team, we aren’t going in as the race favourites, nobody will be looking at us but we will see how we go. 

“Nieve hasn’t had a lot of one-day races on his programme, he isn’t an explosive climber, he is more of a diesel but he has extra motivation with it being a local race for him. 

“There tends to be a big group coming towards the finish than before when the course was different, but then it splits up on the final climb with 10km to go, the its a mad scramble to the line with the descent and the two kilometres flat to the finish. It is all about how you go up the last climb, that’s the decider.”

Previously in Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian 

In 2015 Adam Yates claim the team’s first ever victory in the race after attacking on the last climb and arriving to the finish solo.

Race details

Saturday, 4th August: San Sebastian to San Sebastian, 228km 

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