Mitchelton-BikeExchange will wrap up their 2019 season as they tackle the seven-day Tour of Fuzhou stage race in southern China.
James Oram (NZL, 26)
Nazaerbieke Bieken (CHN,25)
Brayan Chaves (COL, 22)
Ran Hao (CHN, 21)
Jiankun Liu (CHN, 24)
Yikui Niu (CHN, 25)
The squad head into the race off the back of the Tour of Quanzhou Bay, with New Zealander James Oram bagging a top-10 overall at the end of the three-day event.
The Kiwi will be hoping to continue his return to form after crashing out of the Tour of China back in September and the 26-year-old will be joined by former Chinese road race champion Yikui Niu and Colombian Brayan Chaves.
“I feel like the lads and I have recovered well after Quanzhou. The short stages worked well for us all to find some race form to have us in the best possible shape for Fuzhou. We’ve had a couple of days now to recon the stages ahead.”
“There looks to be a couple of decent climbs towards the end of stage 6, which will decide the GC. I’m keen to race aggressively, and aim for a stage win, as I’m sure GC may inevitably be left to the climbing stages to be decided.”
“It’s a good mix of sprint and GC stages. The roads are so fast here though that it can be hard for a climbing or rolling stage to really break up the peloton. Hopefully like Quanzhou, we get some wind added to the mix to shake things up.”
Tour of Fuzhou 2019:
Sunday, 17th November: Stage 1 – Ma Wei to Ku Liang (107.4km)
Monday, 18th November: Stage 2 – Langqi Hongguang Lake Park t oLangqi Hongguang Lake Park (118km)
Tuesday, 19th November: Stage 3 – Binjiang Binhai Road to Qinjiang Manchu (113km)
Wednesday, 20th November: Stage 4 – Lianjiang to Lianjiang (106.8km)
Thursday 21st November: Stage 5 – Fuqing to Fuqing (123km)
Friday 22nd November: Stage 6 – Yong Tai to Yun Ding (128.2km)
Saturday 23rd November: Stage 7 – Xiaotangshan Culture Center tp Xiaotangshan Culture Center (117km)