In case you weren’t playing attention, Michelton Scott seem to taken the mantle of being the best cycling team in the world. The last couple of weeks have been spectacular for the men’s and women’s teams.
First a brief tangent…Allez Alaphillipe…put Team Ineos in their pace. How good would it be for world cycling for a Frenchman to win the Tour since Benard Hinault in 1985? Allez Alaphillipe, Allez Alaphillipe , Allez Alaphillipe.
First let us start with the Men’s team competing in this year’s Tour De France. Up front, its clear that by stage 13, Michelton Scott’s Plan A win the TDF 2019 with Adam Yates wasn’t working. So recasting the team’s strategy to Plan B stage hunting, was probably something of gamble. However much to every Australian cycling fan’s delight its worked a treat. Here’s how its worked so far:
How it happened
9: Saint-Étienne > Brioude
Daryl Impey launched a late attack on the final climb and storm into Brioude with just Tiesj Benoot(Soudal-Lotto) left to out sprint.
12: Toulouse > Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Simon Yates sprinted to his debut Tour de France victory on stage 12 to give the team their second win of the race.
15: Limoux > Foix Prat d’Albis
Simon Yates won his second stage win, attacking from the breakaway on a day the general classification received a significant shake-up.
17: Pont du Gard > Gap
Matteo Trentin soloed to his first Tour de France victory in five years and the team’s fourth of the race on stage 17 into Gap.
…and if that wasn’t enough, the Michelton Scott women’s team cleaned up at the Giro Rosa in Italy. For a second year the women’s thrashed its rivals in the biggest race in women’s cycling, finishing first and third overall. Team leader, Annemiek van Vleuten, defended her title by quickly amassing an unassailable lead in the mountains, while Australian teammate Amanda Spratt took a late opportunity to fight her way onto the prestigious overall podium of the ten-day Giro Rosa.
So there so have it, Michelton Scott, arguably the best sporting team in Australia and with claim to being the best team in international cycling.
You have to feel for Richie Porte, Australia’s best chance of winning the Tour De France (TDF 2018), Stage 9 Arras to Roubaix over the dreaded cobbles, was always going to be a stern test of GC riders. It’s a very bad case of deja vu for Porte, who fractured his pelvis on the corresponding stage, last year. That horrific crash on a high speed descent, left MMT thanking the stars he has disc brakes on his Domane.
To crash out at the 10km mark, before reaching the cobbles, was just plain bad luck. The team doctor’s assessment of ‘Disjonction acromio-claviculaire de l’epaule droite’ was later updated to fracture of the right clavicle. MMT can’t see how Porte could be ready in time for 2018 version of La Veulta. This shameless plagiarised article from yesterday’s Sun-Herald, tells the tale of woe.
In fact, this blog could have just as easily been about Chris Froome who also had stack but had the good fortune to land on grass rather than bitumen. Almost all of the GC riders had some kind of misadventure over 156km mini-Paris-Roubaix par cours.
Team BMC had a pretty poor day, despite Greg Van Avermaet’s second place and successful defense of the Yellow Jersey. Tejay van Garderen, BMC’s other GC hope, lost almost 5 minutes on the stage, with a succession of crashes. Bruised and battered by the day he’s almost 4 and 1/2 minutes behind Chris Froome. Froome sits in equal 8th with Michelton-Scott’s Adam Yates. Provided Froome stays upright on the remaining 11 Stages, he will win his 5th TDF and complete a TDF-Giro double.
Work has been ridiculousily busy with a never ending stream of meetings. TUnfortunately this doesn’t leave alot of time for blogging and skiving off. Alas, the joys of having a new role in new org structure that is finding its way. Nevertheless, MMT saw this wonderful, if somewhat self serving infographic on FLAB Facebook the other day, and thought that it was worth sharing. The original can be found here, please don’t sue me Chain Reaction 😉
The obvious message is that cycling is good for you, go ride.
Until next time, ride safe
PS Go Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Go you good thing…3 wins in the Giro sensational!!!