Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt to captain Mitchelton-Scott at Giro Rosa
Jul 03 2018 12:12 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt to captain Mitchelton-Scott at Giro Rosa
Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt to captain Mitchelton-Scott at Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt will be leading Mitchelton-Scott at the Giro Rosa. The team is prepared to face its main goal of the season.

The Australian team goes to Italy with the objective of claiming the overall victory. They have included riders in the roaster that can tackle every challenge like the team time trial, uphill finishes and flat stages.

"I’m really looking forward to the Giro Rosa this year, it is a big target for the team and it will be my tenth time racing it this year," said van Vleuten "I think I have proven that I am climbing well and it will be great to have Amanda Spratt and the addition of Lucy Kennedy. I think we will have a super strong climbing team.

"Last year I won the TT and this year I think it will be even harder, it is only uphill so it will be a special time trial. The second to last day we finish uphill on the Zoncolon, the same as the men raced in this year’s Giro d’Italia, so it will be a super hard edition of the Giro Rosa and we will for sure need our best climbing legs."

The winner of the Emakumeen XXX Bira I is also ready for the race. "My biggest feeling going into the Giro this year is excitement," she explained. "Since Emakumeen XXX Bira I have had a training block in Stelvio and Livigno which went really well. I’ve had a big climbing focus and I think the body is ready for a big Giro with the team.

"We have a really strong and experienced team for the Giro, it was our first year targeting GC last year, so this year we can take a lot of what we learnt and hopefully use. I think we have riders to cover all race scenarios and I’m looking forward to showing that. I think it’s a course that suits our team and our GC ambitions. On paper, it looks like the hardest Giro I will ever do and my preparation has been adjusted accordingly."

Mitchelton-Scott's line-up for the Giro Rosa (6th to 15th of July):

Jolien D´Hoore
Gracie Elvin
Lucy Kennedy
Sarah Roy
Amanda Spratt
Annemiek van Vleuten
Georgia Williams



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