Mitchelton-Scott announces Tour de France and Giro d'Italia long lists
Jul 15 2020 08:09 pm CET

Mitchelton-Scott announces Tour de France and Giro d'Italia long lists
Mitchelton-Scott announces Tour de France and Giro d'Italia long lists
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott has announced its long lists and objectives for the first two Grand tours of the revamped cycling season: the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.

The Australian formation will be at the start line of La Grande Boucle on August 28 with a line-up that will have the objective of winning stages. The team will attempt to improve the success it had in 2019, where it took four stage victories: two with Simon Yates and one with Daryl Impey and Matteo Trentin.

"After the success of last year, we want to chase stage wins at the Tour de France," said Head Sports Director Matt White. "We rode an aggressive style of racing last year and we want to continue in that vein this year. We're reconning certain stages now. The difference this year, starting in Southern France, is that it's a tough first week climbing-wise and it's not just for the sprinters.

"I still think it'll be hard for breaks to succeed in that first week but by the time we exit the Pyrenees on stage 10, that's where it'll be more aggressive and there'll be more chances for breakaways to go to the line because you'll have your first selection in the GC sorted."

Meanwhile, Simon Yates will continue his original plan for 2020 and lead the roster that will start in the Giro d'Italia. Mitchelton-Scott will try to send the strongest team possible to support Yates' GC ambitions.

"The focus for us at the Giro d'Italia will be to support Simon Yates as best as possible, to help him achieve the optimal result we can as a team and ultimately try to win the race," explained White. "For me, the Giro d'Italia is the most physically demanding Grand Tour, so having a strong team around you certainly makes a difference. The team we will send will be a deep one and I'm confident Simon will have great support across all facets of racing.

"There will be only a few riders who will double up with the TDF/Giro combo this year and there certainly won't be any GC riders at both. This will have an impact on the make-up of the field on the start line in Sicily. I am also very curious to see how the weather affects the race. In the normal May timeslot the threat of average weather is always lingering, especially in the high mountains, but we could see less erratic conditions in October."

Mitchelton-Scott's Tour de France long list:

- Jack Bauer (NZL, 35)
- Sam Bewley (NZL, 32)
- Brent Bookwalter (USA, 36)
- Esteban Chaves (COL, 30)
- Alex Edmondson (AUS, 26)
- Tsgabu Grmay (ETH, 28)
- Daryl Impey (RSA, 35)
- Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 31)
- Luka Mezgec (SLO, 32)
- Mikel Nieve (SPA, 36)
- Adam Yates (GBR, 27)

Giro d'Italia long list:

- Edoardo Affini (ITA, 24)
- Brent Bookwalter (USA, 36)
- Jack Haig (AUS, 26)
- Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 24)
- Michael Hepburn (AUS, 28)
- Damien Howson (AUS, 27)
- Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 31)
- Cameron Meyer (AUS, 32)
- Nick Schultz (AUS, 25)
- Simon Yates (GBR, 27)
- Andrey Zeits (KAZ, 33)




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