Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen)
An epic day in the saddle at one of the toughest Spring Classics saw mixed results for Mitchelton-Scott in very mixed conditions as rain hammered the peloton and parcours several time during the day.
In the men's race new recruit Matteo Trentin and Luke Durbridge were the leaders for the team but both suffered bad luck at crucial moments in the race as DS Matt Wilson explained. "Everything was going quite well until Trentin stopped for a nature break and then as he was chasing back on, he crashed at the worst possible time, 10km before the Muur. We eventually got him back on, but after chasing for 40km the damage is done in your ability to finish in the top group."
"Durbridge got held up on the Koppenberg and actually had to clip out and walk, so that took him out of the front group. Both of our leaders had some bad luck."
Photo - Annemiek Van Vleuten sprints to third. Photo Getty Images
In the women's race World Time Trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten sprinted to an excellent third place despite a huge crash mid race as she explained afterwards.
"Just before the Muur we had a plan that I should attack there, as we didn't want a slow race. I was at the side with teammates but some girls crashed and I could not avoid it, it was a super big crash. I felt really bad, I crashed on my shoulder and my head but I could continue and was able to come back."
"Then it was a mental game to start over again, my legs were still good, but I crashed hard on my head which wasn't ideal but I tried to just focus on the plan."
"I think we were all together at the front all the time. In the end Van der Breggen attacked and it was a very good time to go, and I decided to follow Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) because there were four Boels-Dolmans riders in the group."
"I was a bit isolated there, I tried to ride in the group with the three other riders, but it was bit like the scenario like last year. The group was coming behind and I knew it would be hard for me to sprint to the podium, especially after Amy Pieters was sitting on the whole time."
"I decided to stick to the right side and also with my hand I couldn't sprint so well, but I gambled and had to sit and wait a but then there was some space, so I am happy. Anna was outstanding today and it was a race from behind and I think I got the maximum out of that especially with the team today."
The team now shifts focus to the other major Classic race - the epic Paris-Roubaix this weekend.