Haig to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT's general classification ambitions at the Tour of UtahFri 3 Aug 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT return to the Tour of Utah for the first time in four years to target the general classification with a team of young talented climbers.
2017 Tour of Poland stage winner Jack Haig will lead the squad after strong performances this season, particularly at the Giro d'Italia.
The six-day race is one for the climbers, with undulating tough terrain everyday the race kicks off with climbs already on the first road stage in Cedar city. With a category one climb with sections reaching 15 percent, the general classification battle should begin from the first moment.
Every stage features some metres of climbing which leaves only stage four potentially open for the sprinter with 10laps of 11km around Salt Lake city.
The Queen stage comes on day six and includes the well known Hors Category climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon and Snowbird Resort. This stage should cause a big shake up in the general classification before one final battle on the tough last day in Park City.
The team is stacked with talented young climbers in Australian Haig, Lucas Hamilton and recent Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia winner Rob Power.
Kiwi powerhouse Sam Bewley and Track star Cameron Meyer bring valuable experience and guidence to the squad whilst 21-year-old Brayan Chaves rounds up the team as he steps up to join Mitchelton-SCOTT as a stagiaire from the continental team, Mitchelton-BikeExchange.
"I've been over in Park City for the past couple of weeks adapting to the altitude and the heat and I was able to check out the final two stages which both look quite hard and hilly.
"If the temperatures say the same I think this could be one of the most deciding factors along with the altitude.
"The team we have for the race is really good with Rob coming straight from his win in the Basque country. Lucas has shown good form throughout the year and also Brayan Chaves will join us, coming from Colombia and being altitude native hopefully he will be climbing well.
"I am excited to start racing, hopefully we can come out with a good result as a team and this will finish off a big block of preparation for me before the final races of the season."
"I am looking forward to racing Utah for the first time. It’s going to be a hard race with the high altitude. I think we have a strong team here for the course and everyone is going well."
Dave McPartland - Sport director
"The general classification is our priority here in Utah, of course we can put guys in moves if there looks like a chance for a stage win but in general it is looking at the GC with Haig and we also have Power if we need him.
"We have Brayan Chaves coming on board, it is a great opportunity for him to race at this level so it should be a really good block of racing for him and to race with the guys here to step up in his development with the team."
Previously at the Tour of Utah
The team's only appearance in the race was back in 2013 where former rider Michael Matthews claimed victory on the second stage.
Monday, 6th August: Prologue, St. George, 5.3km
Tuesday, 7th August: Stage 1, Cedar City, 162km
Wednesday, 8th August: Stage 2, Payson, 138km
Thursday, 9th August: Stage 3, Antelope Island to Layton, 186km
Friday, 10th August: Stage 4, Salt Lake City, 109km
Saturday, 11th August: Stage 5, Canyons Village to Snowbird resort, 157km
Sunday, 12th August: Stage 6, Park City, 122km
Photos courtesy of Kristoff Ramon