A mixed team for Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Tour of Romandie

Sat 21 Apr 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT are ready for the tough six-day race, Tour de Romandie next week with ambitions for stage success and a good overall result.

With a history of stage wins in the race, the team head to the 2018 edition with a diverse squad prepared to tackle the mixture of stages on offer. 

The race

The six-stage UCI WorldTour race kicks off with a short, sharp 4km opening prologue before an abundance of climbs on each of the following road stages plus a challenging nine kilometre uphill individual time trial.

Stage four is the hardest stage with three, first category climbs and is a day most likely to set the general classification.

The team

Michael Albasini - (SUI, 37) 
Lucas Hamilton - (AUS 22) 
Damien Howson - (AUS, 25)
Mikel Nieve - (SPA 33) 
Robert Power - (AUS, 22)
Svein Tuft - (CAN, 40)
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 25)

Sport director Matt Wilson

“We don’t have a clear general classification rider to really threaten the overall victory but we have a couple of guys who are going well with Carlos Verona and Damien Howson and they will be looking to do a good ride in the general classification. 

Michael Albasini has always done well in this race in the past, he will be a good option for us for stage wins. It is a red hot field and we have a good strong mixed team.”

Damien Howson

“Romandie is a race that I’ve done quite well at in the past and I am hoping to show good consistency over the six-days. For me personally, I had a little set back mid February with a knee injury so it has been a delayed process but I have worked hard in the last month to get into a decent shape and I felt quite comfortable getting back in Fleche Wallonne.

"The team in general has a strong line-up always with every race we go to and there’s no shortage of young talented climbers, so we are hoping to pull off at least a stage win throughout the tour.

“The race has a good start list with a lot of guys doing their final preparations for the Giro d’Italia. We have a lot of strong climbers, young guys and experienced guys with Albasini and Mikel Nieve, making his come back from injury, I am sure I can learn a lot from him and I am really looking forward to starting one of my favourite tours of the year."

Previously at the Tour of Romandie 

In 2017 Simon Yates claimed the victory on a tough Queen stage before finishing in second place overall. Local Swiss rider Michael Albasini has an excellent record of stage wins, having claimed seven stage victories throughout the past four editions.

Race details

Tuesday, 24th April: Fribourg, 4km prologue 
Wednesday, 25th April: Fribourg to Delemont, 166km
Thursday, 26th April: Delemont to Yverdon-les-bains, 173.9km
Friday, 27th April: Ollon to Villars, 9.9km ITT
Saturday, 28th April: Sion to Sion 149.2km
Sunday, 29th Mont-sur-Rolle to Geneve, 181.1km
Total 685.4km

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