Mitchelton-SCOTT set to return to sprint classic Scheldeprijs

Tue 13 Oct 2020

Classics racing continues in Belgium as Mitchelton-SCOTT make their return to Scheldeprijs tomorrow with a fast finishing squad.

Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec is back action and will provide options for a sprint finish alongside Australian fast man Kaden Groves.

Neo-pro duo Alexander Konychev and Barnabas Peak will continue their Belgian classics learning process, while Chris Juul-Jensen, Jack Bauer and Alex Edmondson will add vauable experinece.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Jack Bauer (NZL, 35)
Alex Edmondson (AUS, 26)
Kaden Groves (AUS, 21)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 31)
Alexander Konychev (ITA, 22)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 32)
Barnabas Peak (HUN, 21) 

The Course
The 170km course around Schoten is pan-flat with a handful of cobbles thrown into the mix. However, the race tends to end in a bunch sprint and is regarded as a ‘sprinter’s classic’. The route has been altered this year, with the peloton racing on laps instead of the usual point-to-point course. 

The team have only made one previous apperance at the Belgian one-day race, back in our in first year in the peloton in 2012.

Luka Mezgec:
“It’s going to be my first time racing Scheldeprijs, it usually ends with a sprint so I think we have good options for this with me and Kaden.

“My legs were good at Gent-Wevelgem, so that’s optimistic, but the wrist from the crash is still really sore, so for the moment I just hope that it will get better so I can even race normally in the first place.”

Laurenzo Lapage (Sports Director):
"The race has changed, and the peloton will do local laps. Before it was a big loop, but now we start and finish in the same place and do laps, so I think there is an even bigger chance that it will come down to a bunch sprint.

"It will be an easier race for teams to control because a lot of the lap goes in between houses, so the bunch is always protected from the wind. Before we had some open areas where some teams could do damage in the crosswinds.

"So, I think it will be a more controlled race this year and it should could down to a bunch sprint like usual. We have Luka and Kaden who can go for the sprint, those two are out cards to play."

Scheldeprijs – Race Details:
Wednesday, 14th October: Schoten – Schoten, 170km

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