Strong climbing talent head to Italy for the Giro dell’Emilia

Wed 2 Oct 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT head back to Italy this weekend with a strong roster of climbing talent as they tackle the hilly and demanding Giro dell’Emilia in Bologna.

Colombian Esteban Chaves will return to the race he won in 2016 and he will be joined be a host of solid climbers in the shape of Australian Jack Haig, plus Mikel Nieve, Tsgabu Grmay and Damien Howson fresh off the Vuelta a Espana.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Esteban Chaves (COL, 29)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH, 28)
Jack Haig (AUS, 26)
Damien Howson (AUS, 27)
Mikel Nieve (SPA, 35)
Nick Schultz (AUS, 25)

The Course

The hilly parcours historically whittles the peloton down before the finish line, with the day coming to a close with four laps of a tough finishing circuit around San Luca.

The Passo Brasimone is the first real test for the pack with the 19.6km ascent topping out at 73km into the day. The bunch will then race over the short, but steep Valico Ganzole before hitting the finishing circuit that includes a punishing 9.4% average gradient ramp on each lap.


Chaves claimed victory at the 100th edition of the race with late move that saw him solo to the line in 2016. Haig then climbed to a top-10 finish in 2017 before just missing out on repeating that feat last season as he finished 13th.

Esteban Chaves:
“Emilia is a beautiful race, ever since the first time I did it I loved it and I still do even after my crash in 2017. It’s always special for me do races in Italy and of course this one is no a exception.”

“After the Vuelta and the Worlds the legs of course are tired, but my condition I think is good. It’s always tricky to keep the performance and recover at the same time, but I’m really looking forward to this race.”

Mikel Nieve:
“After the Vuelta it has been time to recover the efforts from there. Especially the first week and then start the trainings listening a bit to the body. I have tried to arrive at these last races as best as posible and there we'll see what we can do.”

“For me this is the first time doing Giro dell'Emilia and I'm not really sure how I can be there but I think that we can do a good job there as a team.”

Dave McPartland (Sports Director):
“It’s a bit of a particular style of race because it finishes on a super hard circuit in San Luca. Basically, you can go in with a lot of good guys, but it just depends on how guys have come out of the Vuelta and the world championships, they take a lot out of the guys. We have a lot options, but we’re not going to put everything on one guy.”

“The guys know the course, most of them have done it before, especially Haigy and Damo, and Esteban has done it more times than all of them. Esteban has won here before and that will be good for his confidence, he knows he can win on the final climb.”

“The final climb is solid all the way up, right from the bottom. It’s for mountain goats, there’s no doubt about that. There’s a bit of positioning into it, you can’t start too far back but then a lot of the critical part is in the timing, if you go too early you can’t hold on and you can’t go to too late either.”

Giro dell’Emilia 2019 Race Details:
Saturday, 6 October: Bologna - San Luca, 207.4km

Photos courtesy of Kristof Ramon.