Two-pronged approach for ORICA-SCOTT heading into the Tour of PolandWed 26 Jul 2017
ORICA-SCOTT head to the Tour of Poland this week on the hunt for overall success with a balanced squad to support last year’s Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates.
Giro d’Italia stage winner Caleb Ewan provides the team with another option to go for stage victories on the flatter typically sprint stages, although this year’s tour favours the climbers with a challenging predominately hilly parcours.
Sport director Dave McPartland is confident going into the tour with the mixed ORICA-SCOTT team roster.
“We have a really balanced team with a couple of guys who can really support Ewan on the stages that suit and then guys who can provide support for Yates on the hiller days,” said McPartland. “The team is really diverse and the type of riders we have will be able to cross over with their roles in supporting both Ewan and Yates.”
“Tour of Poland isn’t a small race, it’s WorldTour and I expect it will be really hard. We will have a measured, two-pronged approach to the racing with having goals for both sprint stage wins whilst also looking to the general classification.”
Last year the Australian outfit produced consistent performances throughout the tour with four podium finishes from Ewan and recently crowned Slovenia champion Luka Mezgec, however the squad was close but unable to clinch a victory and therefore return to the race this year ambitious to turn things around.
The seven rider team line-up is made up of fast and powerful riders in Mezgec and Sam Bewley, with the other half of the team boasting climbing talent with Ruben Plaza, Rob Power and Jack Haig.
“It certainly looks on paper like a harder tour this year with three uphill finishes,” McPartland continued. “I think Yates is in really good shape to challenge for the overall so it should be a good race for us with this strong mixed team.”
“Most of the stages are fairly short, around 150kilometres with stage four the only real lengthy stage, so it should make for a week of fast and exciting racing.”
The seven-day race covers a variety of terrain with hard hilly stages such as stage three, six and seven which are likely to be key day’s for the overall classification. The race begins on Saturday 29th with a lumpy 130kilometre stage starting and finishing in Krakow after three laps of a four kilometres circuit.
Tour of Poland race details:
Saturday, 29th July: Stage 1, Krakow - Krakow 130km
Sunday, 30th July: Stage 2, Tarnowskie Gory - Katowice 142km
Monday, 31st July: Stage 3, Jaworzno - Szczyrk 161km
Tuesday, 1st August: Stage 4, Zawiercie - Zabrze 238km
Wednesday, 2nd August: Stage 5, Olimp Nagawczyna - Rzeszow 130km
Thursday, 3rd August: Stage 6, Wieliczka salt mine - Zakopane 189km
Friday, 4th August: Stage 7, Bukovina resort - Bukowina Tatrzanska 132km
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