Mitchelton – BikeExchange back in action at the first ever Tour of Taiyuan

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Mitchelton – BikeExchange make their return to racing on Sunday as they take on the first ever Tour of Taiyuan stage race in China.

A tough and mountainous parcour spread over six days awaits the peloton with a young squad looking to build on a solid training camp heading into the race. Having already seen part of the course the team are ready to get racing again with Kiwi James Oram back in action after his top-20 finish on his debut for the team at Le Tour de Langkawi in April.

Mitchelton-BikeExchange at the Tour de Taiyuani:
• BI Wenhui (CHN, 25)
• HAO Ran (CHN, 21)
• LIU Jiankun (CHN, 23)
• NIU Yikui (CHN, 24)
• ORAM James (NZL, 25)

James Oram:
“Stage one will be hard to predict as the terrain is really tough, with all three climbs in quick succession. For a small breakaway, it may be too much to ask, equally so for a large group, unless the stronger climbers are represented.”

“I can see it being a race of attrition, with a small group of maybe 15-30 coming to the line. The final climb tops out 45-kilometres from the finish, and with the head wind run in, a few riders may make it back to the front.”

“To add more to the race, there are no time bonuses, so it will be an interesting race, as riders push to make gaps in the finals, rather than waiting to sprint for bonus seconds. I think in all the stages we will see gaps, but it’s hard to say if they will split the groups enough that the overall won’t be decided on stage placings if riders are on the same time.”

James Victor (Sports Director):
“Stage one will be decisive and could decide the overall result very early.  However, there is four more stages and as a new event, the unknown factors will make for some exciting racing to the final stage. “

“Liu Jiankun has good preparation and the team will work to have Jiankun contending for the best Chinese rider by the last stage.  We will also aim for a good overall result, but we must play this each day for the best opportunity for our results.”

“The overall result could be very close with a good balance of international teams represented, and we look forward to strong competition and exciting racing for this first edition of Tour of Taiyuan.” 

Tour de Taiyuani 2019 Race Details:
Sunday, 26th May: Stage 1 – Taiyuan Stage, 199km
Monday, 27th May: Stage 2 – Changcheng Stage, 126.4km
Tuesday, 28th May: Stage 3 – Wutaishan Stage, 83.4km
Wednesday, 29th May: Stage 4 – Taihang Stage, 87.2km
Thursday, 30th May: Stage 5 – Huanghe Stage, 134.4km
Friday, 31st May: Stage 6 – Pingyao Ancient City Stage, 100km