Roubaix redemption for Mitchelton-SCOTTWed 10 Apr 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT and leader Matteo Trentin will head into Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, the last major cobbled classic on the season, looking to finish this period of racing off on a high.
Before Flanders, Trentin had finished seventh at E3 BinckBank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem in his past two races, and has found himself amongst the top riders in each of the Flemish Classics this season. Without the legs on Sunday, he settled for 21stposition, a result the European champion is looking to improve at the Hell of the North.
The Italian will be joined by an in-form Jack Bauer and a relatively young squad, including neo-pros Callum Scotson, Robert Stannard and Edoardo Affini, the latter two who will line up in their third Monument of the season.
Mitchelton-SCOTT at Paris–Roubaix (Sunday, 14 April):
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 22)
Jack Bauer (NZL, 34)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 27)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 30)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 22)
Robert Stannard (AUS, 20)
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 29)
The Paris-Roubaix race profile is pan flat but with 29 sectors totalling 54.5km of cobbled to navigate, it’s one for the specialists.
The race travels over 95km before the first cobble sector, but from there on it’s not for the faint-hearted. Of the 29 sectors, three have been given a five-star rating as the hardest to navigate - the Arenberg Forest, Mons-en-Pevele and Carrefour de l’Arbre.
The 2016 Paris-Roubaix will remain one of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s most memorable victories forever.
Just weeks after breaking his arm and a preparation built around turbo trainer workouts, Mathew Hayman surprised the world with a gutsy ride to win the Hell of the North on his 15th attempt.
Team leader Trentin’s top place was 36thin 2016, the same year as Hayman’s success. The pair will team up in 2019 with Hayman taking on a sport director role at this year’s edition.
“Roubaix is the last of the cobbled classics ahead of a transition to the Ardennes Classics. A success race would be one that was better than Flanders. At Flanders I didn’t have a good day, I hope it was only that day and let’s see if this Sunday will be a little bit better for me.
“The transition from the Classics so far to Roubaix is like going to rock concerts and then the next day going to a heavy metal concert. It’s more of the same but more rough, more hard and even though there’s no climbs, it’s fully flat, it just makes you exhausted.
“Punctures and crashes are obviously the thing to avoid. If you manage that and have good legs, then it should be all good.”
Laurenzo Lapage – Sport Director:
“Roubaix is flatter but with all of the cobblestone sectors, it’s a completely different race than Flanders. Flanders is more for the explosive types with all the climbs, so I think Roubaix fits better to our guys.
“After Flanders, Matteo was disappointed for himself so I think it’s a good motivation coming into Roubaix. We have Matteo but also Bauer, who has showed in the past races he is in really good form so we also have to give him a chance.
“Again the race can take off everywhere, but once you are there in the select group at the end, you have Carrefour de l’Arbre. If you’re still there at the front after that sector, you have a chance to go for the win on the velodrome.
“Once again it’s another great opportunity for our young riders. Rob and Edoardo have already the experience of the previous races, but this will only to continue to help them later in their career. We know they are first year professionals so we try to give them a job to do that is suitable and the work we have asked from them so far, they could do.”
Photo courtesy of Kristof Ramon.