Cape Town - The Mitchelton-SCOTT team has named its eight-man squad for the upcoming Tour de France, calling on a mix of climbing specialists and 'big' men to support leader Adam Yates.
Among those who will ride in support of Yates will be South Africa's Daryl Impey who will be riding in his seventh Tour de France.
Impey, 34, who is the reigning South African road and time trial champion, has a best finish of 38th overall at the Tour de France back in 2016.
Yates will be supported in the mountains in particular by twin Simon Yates,
who will return the favour to his brother after he successfully and
crucially guided him to his first Grand Tour victory at the Vuelta a
Espana last year.
Joining them will be Australian and Tour de France debutant Jack Haig,
who also proved crucial support in the team’s successes at the 2018
Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana as well as finishing fourth overall
himself at this year’s Paris-Nice.
Fellow Australian duo Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Dane Chris Juul-Jensen,
all part of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s team time trial victory at
Tirreno-Adriatico in March, will guide Yates through the flat stages and
bolster the second stage TTT, while Impey and Matteo Trentin will prove crucial in hectic finishes.
The 2019 Tour de France will take place between July 6-28.
Mitchelton-SCOTT Tour de France team:
Luke Durbridge, Jack Haig, Michael Hepburn, Daryl Impey, Chris Juul-Jensen, Matteo Trentin, Adam Yates, Simon Yates