Yates brothers to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT at Clásica San SebastiánWed 31 Jul 2019
Fresh from two stage wins at the Tour de France, Simon Yates will be straight back in action at the prestigious one-day WorldTour race this weekend, Clásica San Sebastián, leading the strong Mitchelton-SCOTT team alongside his brother Adam Yates, a former winner of the race.
The seven-rider squad is build with a mixture of riders, some coming in straight from the Tour de France such as the Yates brothers and Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge, whilst the others, American Brent Bookwalter, New Zealander Dion Smith and Australians Lucas Hamilton and Callum Scotson return to racing bringing fresh legs for the hilly 227km race.
As always the course is a challenging one, with heavy undulating roads aside from the tough seven-categorised climbs spread throughout the lengthy 227.3kilometre day. This year the riders will head up the first category climb Jaizkibel only one time, compared to two times in many previous editions instead a new tough climb has been added after it which should test the climbing legs of the peloton.
The final climb, the Murgil-Tontorra comes just seven-kilometres from the finish line and always proves to be a crucial place for final attacks.
Previously at Clássic San Sebastián
The team has tasted success in the race before with a special victory in 2015 by Adam Yates which was his first ever WorldTour victory. Last year Daryl Impey was the highest finisher for the team in 15th place.
“I’m looking forward to returning to San Sebastián, it is a great race, always really hard and hopefully I‘ll still have good legs after the Tour.
"You never really know how everybody will be just one week after a Grand Tour, everybody recovers differently.
"I think it is a race that suits me, Adam has won it before and I think we’ve got a good team, some fresh riders coming in and some riders coming from the Tour like myself Adam and Durbridge.”
Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director
"We all know Simon won two stage at the Tour and he’s come out of it really well. Adam has had a good rest now and they are both really motivated which is important.
“The new climb after the Jaizkibel is a really hard one so we will need to get over that climb with numbers and if we have numbers there then we can drop Adam and Simon in a good position for that last climb and we have a strong team to do that.
“We have guys like Durbridge who was climbing really well at the end of the Tour, then Hamilton, Bookwalter and Smith are all really strong guys to protect the Yates’ and also Scotson who can look out for them and help them when they need.
“The guys are all really motivated, we will do a recon of the climbs and then it is up to the legs for that final climb. On paper we have a really good team and I think we have a really good chance.”
Saturday, 3rd August: Donostia (San Sebastian) to Donostia (San Sebastian), 227km
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