January recap & reactionsSat 1 Dec 2018
As 2018 draws to a close we take a trip down memory lane starting with January when Mitchelton-SCOTT kicked of 2018 in style and as they meant to go on, claiming eight UCI victories between both men and women’s teams, it was a busy month for the squad racing down under in their ‘home’ country.
History was many on many levels with Amanda Spratt becoming the first rider to win back-to-back Santos Women’s Tour’s, Daryl Impey became the first South African rider to win the overall Tour Down Under. Alex Edmondson and Georgia Williams both pulled on their respective national championship’s jersey’s for the first time in their careers and Annemiek van Vleuten made a classy debut of her world time trial champions skin suit, blasting through the streets of Melbourne to win the Jayco Herald SunTour TT.
Here’s a recap of our winners post race reactions:
Alex Edmondson - Australian road race champion
“I’m absolutely speechless. This means a hell of a lot to me, I just want to thank the team for all their work, my family and my coach. It’s a magical day that I’m not going to forget for a long time.
“I came here just to do what I could for the guys and to come away with the green and gold is a dream come true. I think every cyclist grows up wanting to wear the green and gold and this isn’t going to sink in for a while.
“You’re trying to make sure you’re doing the right thing for the team, everyone wants to win but you really just want your teammates to win. Today everything just seemed to go my way.”
Amanda Spratt - Overall winner of the 2018 Santos Women’s Tour
“I’m so happy, it’s thanks to these girls they all did an amazing job and it has been a great few days for the team and to win this race for the second time is really special.
“I can’t thank the girls enough for their help after the crash, I was really shaken up and panicking a bit, but Annemiek and Jess stopped with me and they said just try to calm down, follow my wheel and that was so important I can’t thank them enough.
“It is a really big race for us in Australia and we have so much support in this race, there was people out all around the course cheering.”
Georgia Williams - New Zealand Road and TT champion
“It’s awesome to win this title and it is going to be really great to take the New Zealand jersey back to Europe. I don’t think anybody was expecting me to go so early so I think I caught people off guard, but I didn’t expect to put so much time into the peloton.
“It was really cool to see afterwards that my Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates were watching the race and supporting me, I was thinking of them out there today and I knew they would be proud and that put the pressure on me to win.”
Caleb Ewan - Tour Down Under stage 2 winner
“I am very thrilled, it is probably more exciting winning on a stage that you’re a little bit unsure about going into. It was a tricky finish because I didn’t know if I would get up there or not and I didn’t want to make the call from the bottom.
“I think this is probably my best Tour Down Under win because it was on a finish that didn’t suit me and probably suited Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) more, so to get one up on him here, on this finish, is a bonus.”
Daryl Impey - Overall winner of the 2018 Tour Down Under
“It is a step up in my career, you get these little stepping stones and you reach bigger mile stones and I’ve proved to myself now, as I’ve always had a little bit of self-doubt.
“Wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France was a magical moment but this is very close to that. I worked really hard for this one and especially knowing how important it is to the team and the sponsors. It was a high-pressure race for us, everyone expects a lot so to top it off with a win is very special.”
Annemiek van Vleuten - Women’s Herald SunTour stage 2 TT
“It’s so good to win in this jersey. I’m so proud and to do it here in Melbourne, in Australia, for my Australian team.
“If you want to win a prologue you have to take risks, but I did a lot of recon of the course so I think that helped and they were calculated risks.”
January 2018 UCI wins:
- National championships ITT New Zealand - Georgia Williams
- National championships RR New Zealand - Georgia Williams
- National Championships Australia – Road Race - Alexander Edmondson
- Santos Women's Tour - Stage 3 - Amanda Spratt
- Santos Women's Tour GC - Amanda Spratt
- Tour Down Under – Stage 2 - Caleb Ewan
- Tour Down Under – Overall - Daryl Impey
- Jayco Herald SunTour TT - Annemiek van Vleuten