Young team for Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Colorado ClassicTue 14 Aug 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT continue their American adventure at the Colorado Classic this week with a youthful team looking to support Prueba Villafanca de Ordizia winner Rob Power to a high spot on the general classification.
A strong team lines up in support of Power with the experienced Kiwi Sam Bewley at the helm and 2106 Herald Sun Tour winner Damien Howson coming in after a period of recovery from the Tour de France.
Neo-pro Lucas Hamilton will be on hand for versatility in the mountains and also potentially a strong time trial performance with stagiaires Brayan Chaves of Colombia and Sun Xiaolong of China stepping up from Mitchelton-BikeExchange and completing the team for Colorado.
Sam Bewley (NZL, 31)
Brayan Chaves (COL, 21)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 22)
Damien Howson (AUS, 26)
Rob Power (AUS, 24)
Sun Xiaolong (CHN, 24)
2018 marks the second edition of the race after last year’s inaugural appearance with the first two stages taking place in Vail and the last two in Denver and bookended by circuit races over punchy courses.
A challenging, hilly race with the first three days including a 16kilometre individual time trial up Vail Pass on day two – an ascent known to some from the former USA Po Challenge – and a tough Queen Stage on the third day that tops out at 2,500metres of climbing in 16kilometres.
“We have young team over here in America for the Colorado classic, young but it’s also a group that could do really well.”
“Four of us have just raced the tour of Utah and I think we all responded pretty well to that kind of racing, so I would expect us to be in an even better place here in Colorado, especially now we have had the exposure to high altitude racing.
“Damo (Howson) is coming in to join us after crashing out of the Tour de France and his experience, especially on the more selective days will be very useful for guys like Rob who has the chance to do a good result here.”
Sport director Dave McPartland:
“We’re looking forward to our second race in quick succession on American soil after recently wrapping up the Tour of Utah and we have a relatively young line-up here for the Colorado Classic.”
“It’s great for us to be able Chinese stagiaire Sun Xiaolong from our development team and of course Brayan will be competing in his second race with us after Utah.
“There’s some good versatility in the team and we’re looking forward to supporting Rob to a high result on the GC, but we’re in no doubt that it will be tough – especially the uphill time trial on stage two and also the Queen Stage the day after.”
Colorado Classic 16th– 19thAugust:
Thursday 16thAugust, Stage 1: Vail, 103.2km,
Friday 17thAugust, Stage 2: Vail Pass (ITT), 16km
Saturday 18thAugust, Stage 3: Denver, 161.9km
Sunday 19thAugust, Stage 4: Denver, 114.8km
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