Paris-Nice route rejigged, Gaviria chasing early success: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 10, 2018

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Mitchelton-Scott takes new approach to Santos Tour Down Under with no GC goals

by VeloClub

Previously a team which targeted both the GC and stage wins in the Santos Tour Down Under, Mitchelton-Scott has announced a new approach for the 2018 edition. “The team will take a singular rather than split focus into their home and the first WorldTour race of the 2018 season,” it said on Tuesday, “focusing solely on stage victories rather than overall honours in what is shaping up to be a sprinter’s showcase.”

Previous TDU GC rider Simon Gerrans has left the team, and rather than put its emphasis behind another all-rounder, the team is going all in in its support of Caleb Ewan. He will be backed by Jack Bauer, Mat Hayman, Damien Howson, Daryl Impey, Cameron Meyer and the new Australian road race champion Alex Edmondson.

“I thought my form was good coming into the nationals and I’ve been training well so to be in the race and do well is a big confidence boost coming into the Tour Down Under,” said Ewan. “I think I am probably in my best shape ever for the Australian season.

“It’s always great to put on the green and gold jersey as the crit champion. I’ve had that for the last few years which is nice because I don’t get to wear it a lot in Europe and it’s nice that when I do get to wear it, it’s in front of a home crowd in Australia.”

Head DS Matt White said Ewan and the squad will have to work very hard. “Caleb is in great shape but the level of competition is really high this year,” he stated. “Greipel, Sagan, Viviani and Caleb…it’s the best sprint field they’ve had in the past 20 years. Four world class sprinters and they are each supported by strong teams. Bora-Hansgrohe almost has their Tour de France team here.”