Versatility and cards to play for Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Women’s TourSun 10 Jun 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women return to Great Britain for the fifth edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour next week with a team packed full of options and on the lookout for stage opportunities.
Belgian champion Jolien D’hoore returns after a period of recovery from a broken collarbone and alongside the in-form Gracie Elvin and Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik winner Sarah Roy forms a triumvirate that will lead the team over the five-day race.
Australians Jessica Allen and Alex Manly are set to provide strong support with New Zealand national road and time trial champion Georgia Williams completing the line-up.
Jessica Allen (AUS, 25)
Jolien D’hoore (BEL, 28)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 29)
Alex Manly (AUS, 22)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 31)
Georgia Williams (NZL, 24)
A successful outing in 2017 saw Sarah Roy take an impressive stage four win on the town centre cobbles in Chesterfield after holding off a frantic chase by the peloton.
Further back in 2016 Gracie Elvin finished ninth on the general classification with former rider Emma Johansson achieving the team’s best ever GC result with second in 2014 at the inaugural edition.
A challenging five-day tour that includes something of everything and favours the strong classics riders as oppose to the pure sprinters and lightweight climbers, 2018 marks the second year that the race forms part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar.
“I’m already happy and relieved to be back so quickly. I could do some long rides over the last week but no intensity yet so I’m a bit in the dark with where I am with my shape.”
“For sure it will be hard for me racing such a high-level race with riders on form, but I have to realize that I need this to come back even stronger after my injury and I am looking forward to it.”
Sport director Martin Vestby:
“As with previous editions of this race the stages look to be super hard, often the terrain is much more challenging than the profiles suggest, with plenty of rolling country roads to contend with, and much like the classics, lots of short but very steep climbs.”
“We have a strong team with many options for what the race may throw at us, we aren’t going in with an outright leader, but I am confident that by the end of the second stage a lot will be settled, and we will also know who is going well out of the rest of the field.
“Jolien has recovered well, but still has some discomfort with her ankle and with it being her first race back we will see how she handles it. Both Gracie and Sarah are in great shape and good form at the moment and we are fortunate to have such strong and versatile options in the team and good cards to play.
“There are a few stages that could suit the breakaway and we will need to make sure that we are represented in those moves, but as we have seen before here very often a reduced peloton brings those breaks back before the finish and having riders who can climb, and sprint will be crucial.
“Georgia has reached another level this season with her climbing and she will be important for us to get into and mark the breakaway moves and along with Alex and Jess we have some very solid support for our three protected riders.”
OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stages:
Wednesday 13thJune, Stage 1: Framlingham to Southwold, 130km
Thursday 14thJune, Stage 2: Rushden to Daventry. 145km
Friday 15thJune, Stage 3: Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa, 151km
Saturday 16thJune, Stage 4: Evesham to Worcester, 130km
Sunday 17thJune, Stage 5: Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay, 122km
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