Strong and ambitious Mitchelton-SCOTT team to debut at Czech TourMon 12 Aug 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT will take a strong and ambitious seven-man team to their first ever appearance at Czech Tour, looking to come home with stage success and the overall victory.
The experienced outfit will boast five riders from the 2019 Tour de France squad, including stage winner Daryl Impey.
Impey will be joined by time trial specialists Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Chris Juul-Jensen who will be crucial to the opening team time trial - a key target the team will hope earn them the leader’s jersey, which they will not want to relinquish during the four-day stage race.
Mitchelton-SCOTT at Czech Tour (15 – 18 August 2019):
Brent Bookwalter (USA, 35)
Luke Durbridge (AUS, 28)
Jack Haig (AUS, 25)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 23)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 27)
Daryl Impey (RSA, 34)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 30)
After an opening 16km team time trial, the first road stage is a lumpy affair with five classified climbs, including the largest up to over 1000m. The middle road stage is better suited to the fast men, with a lot less climbing and over 30km pan flat to finish.
The final stage looks set to be the most difficult with five climbs before reaching a difficult finishing circuit, that features another climb which they will tackle three times to make it eight classified climbs for the day.
The 2019 edition will be Mitchelton-SCOTT’s first appearance at the Czech Tour.
"No doubt on paper we have a very strong team, but that means we will have a massive target on our backs, especially after a successful Tour de France and five of those riders doing the race as well.
“We would want to win the TTT, it’s definitely a target for us and a race we can win.
“I think if we stick to the basics and don't get carried we will do very well. We will have to take responsibility but so will Bora and the other bigger teams. Many teams have nothing to lose and a lot to gain and while the field is not as strong as the Tour de France, it is still a pro race and any pro race is difficult to win.”
Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“This race is a great way to get in some intensity for our Tour de France riders that are coming off a break and it will really kick off their second half of the season.
“The opening time trial is a big focus of ours and we hope to take the jersey on day one and hold it to the end.”
“It’s only 16km, so the differences won’t be huge, but if we win it, everyone will be looking to us to control things.
“In races like this, there’s an element of unknown with teams we don’t race against often and riders and outfits that have nothing to lose, and that can make for dangerous competition so we need to use the depth we’ve got wisely.”
2019 Czech Tour – Stage details:
Thursday, 15 August: Ostrava, 16km TTT
Friday, 16 August: Olomouc to Frydek-Mistek, 186.6km
Saturday, 17 August: Olomouc to Unicov, 173km
Sunday, 18 August: Mohelnice to Sternberk, 178km