September recap & reactionsMon 17 Dec 2018
September was a historic and important month for Mitchelton-SCOTT after the team’s seven-year existence, their development and hard work paid off and the reward was the first ever Grand Tour victory for an Australian outfit at the Vuelta a Espana with Briton Simon Yates.
After stepping up in all areas and everything coming together in the month of September, the squad enjoyed six UCI wins, with a stage win to go along with the overall Vuelta a Espana title, an impressive solo victory at the Tour of Britain from Cameron Meyer plus a TOB sprint stage win from Caleb Ewan.
Annemiek van Vleuten also continued to perform with another time trial stage win in her rainbow bands to secure her a consecutive overall victory at the Boels Ladies Tour.
Here’s our winning riders’s post-race reactions:
Cameron Meyer - Tour of Britain – Stage winner
“It was tough conditions and in the end it was a great bike race to finish like that, to come down to the last kilometre and throw my hands in the air is really cool. It is a bit of a shock and a bit of a surprise to take the win today.
"We will see what the next days bring. We have Caleb Ewan who was second yesterday and is in good form sprinting so for the sprint stages we will obviously look to him and we will see what I can do for the rest of the tour.”
Caleb Ewan - Tour of Britain – Stage winner
"This year hasn't been great for me so I really wanted to finish off with a good result. I was so motivated to win this stage and I am just happy I had the strength and legs in the end.
"It was really hectic in the end and I was just lucky my team put me in perfect position. Not many guys had lead-outs in the end, I could pick the wheels that I wanted to be on and I had a really good run to the line and I felt really good as well.
"To finish off with a win means a lot to me and it gives me a bit of confidence."
Simon Yates - La Vuelta a Espana – Stage 14 winner
"I chose my moment really well there in the final. I didn't look back until it flattened off a little bit and I had a bit of a gap so just gave it everything to the line. I feel a bit more like I deserve it (the red jersey) this time , I gave it everything I could today in the very end and I am very happy.
"I chose my own pace, I can't respond to everything but I managed it well and chose my moment well. I didn't know the climb, I didn't know if it was going to get steeper or easier, so I was really managing and controlling my effort and went at my own tempo.
Overall - “It feels great. Really unbelievable, I think it’s still sinking in. I have no words, it’s just really unbelievable. I like to race on my instinct and I hope that I continue to do so and achieve more big results like today at the Vuelta a Espana.
“The day I won on stage 14 is probably my favourite moment from the race, getting your hands in the air, there’s no feeling like winning a bike race and that will hold a special place, but also the first stage in Andorra.
“That was the first day I laid everything on the line to try and win this race and I managed to get a bit of a gap and you start to believe that you may have it, so those two days really stand out for me."
Annemiek van Vleuten - Boels Ladies Tour overall win
"It is awesome to win, you are always a bit nervous for a time trial but I knew my shape was good and it is really nice to end this tour like this.
"For me it is also the last preparation for the world championships and I wanted to do everything the same going into the world championships, so it is really nice to win this tour and with a time trial.
"It was a little bit technical today, I saw an ambulance on one of the corners on the course, that scared me a bit so I took it very easy also with the general classification in mind.
"Lucinda Brand crashed on a corner so I took it a bit more easy on the corner but on the straight parts I was really full gas and had good legs just like the prologue and the first stage. I think on the straight parts I had a lot of power."
September UCI wins:
Tour of Britain – Stage 2: Cameron Meyer
La Vuelta a Espana – Stage 14: Simon Yates
Tour of Britain – Stage 8: Caleb Ewan
La Vuelta a Espana – Overall: Simon Yates
Boels Ladies Tour - Stage 6 - Annemiek van Vleuten
Boels Ladies Tour GC - Annemiek van Vleuten