Vuelta build up begins for Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Tour of PolandFri 3 Aug 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT are set to take a strong team led by multiple Giro d’Italia stage winner Simon Yates to the 75thTour of Poland this week targeting a positive overall result and with versatile options for stage success.
After a deserved break post Giro, Yates returned to racing alongside Italian Matteo Trentin at last week’s Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia in northern Spain with both riders supporting Rob Power to his maiden professional victory.
Trentin and Yates line up in Poland with strong support coming from experienced Swiss puncheur Michael Albasini and former Czech road champion Roman Kreuziger.
Australian national champion Alex Edmondson completes the line-up with 25-year-old Spanish climber Carlos Verona and Slovenian fast man Luka Mezgec.
Michael Albasini (SUI, 37)
Alex Edmondson (AUS, 24)
Roman Kreuziger (CZ, 32)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 30)
Matteo Trentin (IT, 29)
Carlos Verona (ESP, 25)
Simon Yates (GBR, 25)
A historic pre-war stage race that first took place in 1928, the Tour of Poland has varied in length over the years and 2018 sticks to the recent seven stage format and forms part of the UCI WorldTour.
Boasting a variety of stages over challenging terrain that includes sprint opportunities, rolling classics style days and climbs that will decide the general classification.
Mitchelton-SCOTT have plenty of pedigree in this race, winning the overall title back in 2013 and more recently taking two stage wins with Caleb Ewan and Jack Haig in 2017.
“I’m looking forward to racing at the Tour of Poland again and it continues my build up to the final part of the season.
“The sensations in Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia were good last week and the team performance was really positive, so I’m hoping for more of the same over the next week.
“We have a strong team here which can target every stage and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some hard racing.”
Sport director Laurenzo Lapage:
“This race is a key part of our build up for the Vuelta a Espana at the end of the month and an event where we have enjoyed success in the past. We will be supporting Simon where necessary and we will be attentive to all opportunities, but we won’t be looking to control the race.”
“The core of our Vuelta squad will be here and it’s important for us not to put the guys under any undue pressure, but with the team we have here I am sure that we will not be coming home empty handed.”
Tour of Poland (4th– 10thAugust):
Saturday 4thAugust, stage 1: Krakow, 134km
Sunday 5thAugust, stage 2: Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice, 156km
Monday 6thAugust, stage 3: Stadion Slaski Chorzow to Zabrze, 139km
Tuesday 7thAugust, stage 4: Jawozno to Szczyrk, 179km
Wednesday 8thAugust, stage 5: Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka to Bielsko Biala, 152km
Thursday 9thAugust, stage 6: Zakopane to Bukovina Resort, 129km
Friday 10thAugust, stage 7: Bukovina Resort to Bukowina Tatrzanska, 136km
Photos courtesy of Getty images.