Strong Mitchelton-SCOTT squad ready to do battle at the Tour de YorkshireTue 30 Apr 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT head to Britain looking to build on a strong classics campaign as they tackle the two-day Tour de Yorkshire for the first time.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Annemiek van Vleuten will be hoping to continue the impressive form that saw her claim podiums throughout the spring classics and she will be joined by triple Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt fresh off her own strong performances at the Ardennes races.
The squad also includes double Women’s Tour stage winner Sarah Roy who will be out to add to the victories she took on her previous visits to British shores, while fellow Australian Gracie Elvin will return to action after finishing her classics season at Amstel Gold.
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS, 30)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 33)
Amanda Spratt (AUS, 31)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED, 30)
Annemiek van Vleuten (NED, 36)
The two-day race will kick-off in Barnsley for a largely flat 132km stage which will end in scenic market town of Bedale. The route features just one categorised in the middle of the day, the short, but steep Cote de Lindley.
The peloton will then head to the coast for stage two, starting in Bridlington before heading north up the coast to finish in fellow seaside town Scarborough. The day will consist of five categorised climbs and with wind a possible factor, it’s the day that will likely decide the overall winner.
This will be the first time that the team will line-up in Yorkshire after missing the first three editions. The race originally began as a one-day race but extended to a two-day event alongside the men’s race last season.
“As a team we’ve been performing well all season across all riders, and the recent success with the Ardennes races to close the classics season has given everyone even more confidence and boosted the team morale.”
“I think Yorkshire will be a good race coming after the Ardennes as it looks to have similar hilly profiles, with chances of reduced bunch finishes. I think we’re all able to perform well there and it will be a good opportunity for everyone to get a feel for what the worlds course will be like too.”
“I’ve just had a short break and I’m feeling refreshed and motivated again, I'm ready to tackle this next part of the season. I’ve not done Tour de Yorkshire before, so it’s always nice to do a new race when you’re an experienced rider!”
Martin Vestby (Sports Director):
“The atmosphere in the team is really good, it’s easy when everyone is riding so well and together as a team, so I think we can go into Yorkshire a bit more relaxed with not as much pressure after the classics.”
“The first stage looks to be not so hard and it looks like it will come down to a sprint finish, maybe a reduced bunch sprint depending on how hard the day is raced. Then the second stage has some really testing climbs in it, so I think it opens up the race for different riders and different scenarios.”
“There’s been a lot of hard focus on Annemiek and Spratty in the last few weeks, but now we can give more riders opportunities in a race like this. We want to keep the race open and see how it unfolds on the road, we have lots of options depending on what happens on both days.”
Tour de Yorkshire Race Details:
Friday, 2nd May: Stage 1, Barnsley – Bedale, 132km
Saturday, 3rd May: Stage 2, Bridlington – Scarborough, 132km
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