Sickness forces late changes to Milan-San Remo line upFri 16 Mar 2018
A cold late winter and wet early spring have contributed to some difficult racing conditions for Mitchelton-SCOTT riders and the rest of the peloton in both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico recently, with an onset of sickness forcing some late changes to the team for Milan-San Remo.
Many teams are in the same boat and it is the time of year when riders are exposed to all kinds of changeable weather conditions when training and racing with sudden temperature drops and racing long days in the wet, big contributing factors to fevers and colds.
2016 Paris-Roubaix champion Mathew Hayman, Jack Bauer and Slovenian triple champion Luka Mezgec are all ill with colds and light fevers, but with a heavy period of racing coming up in Europe at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and the northern classics it was decided no risks would be taken with the riders.
Former Tour of Denmark winner Chris Juul Jensen comes in and will be joined by the experienced veteran Svein Tuft and New Zealander Sam Bewley who makes his first race appearance after recovering well from a fractured arm sustained back in early February.
Head sport director Matt White:
“Unfortunately, after last week’s races, three of our original Milan-San Remo team won’t be well enough to start tomorrow, but if all goes well those guys will be back in action for the Flemish campaign.”
“Obviously for those three guys it is unfortunate that they won’t be taking part, but when one door closes another one opens. This now gives three new guys the chance to race and feature in the first monument of the year, which is always a special event.
“We are coming into an extremely busy period of racing with some key objectives starting tomorrow and coming up on the horizon. We did not want to take any risks pushing riders who are not 100% healthy into the race even though it is of such a great importance to us.
"La Primavera is the longest one-day race of the year and the weather forecast is certainly mixed, but we still have a strong team and our objectives have not changed.”
Milan-San Remo takes place in Italy tomorrow and covers 291kilometres.
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