Tour de Bretagne up next for Mitchelton-BikeExchangeTue 24 Apr 2018
Mitchelton-BikeExchange go into the 52ndedition of the U23 cycling showcase event, the UCI 2.2 Tour de Bretagne with a strong team buoyed by a string of positive recent results in both Europe and Malaysia.
Australian Robert Stannard will lead the five-rider team on the back of an impressive victory at the Giro del Belvedere, second at Trofeo Piva and fourth at GP San Vendemiano last weekend.
Sam Jenner is coming into form and will enjoy some freedom alongside Stannard whilst compatriot Callum Scotson returns to European road racing after a successful period of competition on the track at both the UCI Track World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
Strong support comes from Colombian climber Brayan Chaves and 19-year-old Australian Harry Sweeny. Performing well at the Tour of Langkawi in March, Sweeny finished 10th overall against a strong field and is returning to race fitness after recovering from a hand injury sustained after Langkawi.
Brayan Chaves (COL, 20)
Sam Jenner (AUS, 21)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 21)
Robert Stannard (AUS, 19)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 19)
Stannard is in fine form and will be aiming for stage results and a solid placing on the general classification with Jenner also possessing the potential to be up there in what will be a challenging race against a mixed field of Pro-Continental and Continental teams.
With most stages finishing on tough, rolling local circuits, positioning and support into the finals will be crucial and in particular the last stage into the seaside town of Dinan could decide the general classification after seven days and 1,000kilometres of fast and aggressive racing.
Sport director James Victor:
“It will be an interesting week of racing for us against a very competitive field, there are some stages that will suit both Rob and Sam – especially the punchier stages - but the terrain in north western France is always challenging with plenty of windy, rolling roads to contend with.”
“We’re looking forward to the race and happy to be going in with Rob in a period of good form and with a team motivated to do well. These races are always a great experience for the younger guys, racing against seasoned professionals from the Pro-Continental teams on roads that are frequently used in the Tour de l’Avenir and the Tour de France.
“Bretagne will be a great race for Brayan to continue to improve his confidence and experience in European racing and along with Callum and Harry he will provide valuable support for Rob and Sam.”
Tour de Bretagne, 25thApril to 1stMay:
Wednesday, 25thApril, Stage 1: Chateubriant to Louisfert, 159km.
Thursday, 26thApril, Stage 2: Louisfert to Plougoumelen, 180km.
Friday, 27thApril, Stage 3: Baden to Clohars-Carnoet, 181km.
Saturday, 28thApril, Stage 4: Clohars-Carnoet to Grand-Champ, 162km.
Sunday; 29thApril, Stage 5: Colpo to Plancoet, 155km.
Monday, 30thApril, Stage 6: Plancoet to Dol-de-Bretagne, 151km.