Stage success focus for Mitchelton-SCOTT at CRO Race

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT will makes its debut at the CRO Race next week, focusing on stage success with Australian Alex Edmondson and Briton Adam Yates.

The six-day race offers multiple sprint opportunities suited to Edmondson, whilst Yates will focus on the harder stages, including the penultimate queen stage which features a 14km final climb to finish.  

Mitchelton-SCOTT at CRO Race (1st– 6th October):
Sam Bewley (NZL, 32)
Brent Bookwalter (USA, 35)
Alexander Edmondson (AUS, 25)
James Fouche (NZL, 21) * stagiaire
Barnabas Peak (HUN, 20) * stagiaire
Callum Scotson (AUS, 23)
Adam Yates (GBR, 27)

The six-day CRO Race route offers at least four opportunities for the fast men and their sprint outfits to take control of the race.

The second stage has the potential to provide an additional chance, but a four kilometre climb in the last 15km could also provide the platform for attacks. 

The general classification will be defined on the penultimate stage five, which concludes with a 14km climb at an average of 5.2%.

The 2019 edition will be Mitchelton-SCOTT’s first appearance at the CRO Race.

Adam Yates:
"As soon as the team told me we were doing Croatia I put my hand up to do it straight away.

"I always find this time of year I could do with a little bit more racing in the legs just before the important Italian classics and Croatia fit in that slot perfectly.

"We’ve got a real mix of experienced guys and young guys but as a team I think we can achieve some nice results."

Gene Bates – Sport Director:
“It’s a tricky race because you’ve got four WorldTour teams and the rest are pro-conti and lower so these races tend to have a lot less control and predictability and end up being really aggressive.

“Because of this, we will focus on stage wins - in the sprints with Edmondson and also the harder stages with Adam – as our main goal.

“We believe the GC will be a result of the harder stage wins, so the stage wins is the focus and we will see the best GC result we achieve as a product of that.

“Alex was really good in Britain, probably the best we’ve seen all season from him so we’re keen to give him the opportunity. 

“It’s quite a well-rounded team on paper. We’ve got good support for Adam with Brent and good support for Edmo with (Sam) Bewley and Callum (Scotson). And then putting the young guys in there as well who will always be super motivated and that is half of the battle at this time of the year.” 

2019 CRO Race – Stage Details:
Tuesday, 1 October: Osijek to Lipik, 196km 
Wednesday, 2 October: Slunj to Zadar, 183km
Thursday, 3 October: Okrug to Makarska, 155km
Friday, 4 October: Starigrad to Crikvenica, 155km
Saturday, 5 October: Rabac to Platak, 136km
Sunday, 6 October: Sveta Nedelja to Zagreb, 151km

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.