Mitchelton-Scott targets podium position with Adam Yates in Tour de France
Jun 29 2019 03:42 am CET

Mitchelton-Scott targets podium position with Adam Yates in Tour de France
Mitchelton-Scott targets podium position with Adam Yates in Tour de France
Photo of Adam Yates by Mitchelton-Scott

Adam Yates is set to be the leader of Mitchelton-Scott in the Tour de France. The team will have the main objective of taking a podium spot with Yates and a stage victory.

Yates was already close to the podium in the 2016 edition of the French grand tour and after in 2018 things didn't go as planned, the Briton will try again in 2019. This year, the rider will start the race after a start of a season in which he has taken three wins and overall podiums at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya.

"After Dauphine, I've managed to come back around pretty quick, back into full training and feeling good so hopefully it was just a minor bump," the rider explained. "The Tour this year is a tough one, especially towards the end of the race. I checked out stages 18, 19, 20 just before Dauphine and three stages like that back-to-back at the very end of the race will be sure to have some fireworks.

"Not only that, but there are some real tricky stages like stage six to Planche des Belles Filles, which I know quite well from when I raced for CC Etupes and lived in France. So overall a very tough route with some challenging terrain. A couple of years ago I was fourth and not far from the podium, I don't really want to put a marker on what I want to achieve, I just know I'll like to go better than previously and with the condition and consistency I've had this year I don't see why not."

Yates has complete trust in his team for the support he will need throughout the race. "We're bringing a super strong team for pretty much all terrain," he commented. "Imps and Trentin will be able to have a go at some of the lumpy sprint stages and then I'll have the big guys like Durbo, Heppy and Chris to keep me out of trouble and out of the wind on the nervous flat stages.

"Once we hit the mountains Jack and Simon will be there to push the pace if we need to, so I feel we've got a really nice balanced team that will help us challenge for the win."

Mitchelton-Scott's line-up for the Tour de France (6th to 28th of July):

Luke Durbridge
Jack Haig
Michael Hepburn
Daryl Impey
Chris Juul-Jensen
Matteo Trentin
Adam Yates
Simon Yates




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