In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we go behind the scenes with home favourites Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour Down Under.
The team head into the race with sprinter Caleb Ewan in their ranks and they will be looking to Daryl Impey when it comes to the GC battle. On Thursday the team headed out to preview stage 4 of the race. The stage is the first of two back-to-back hilly days in the race, and while the peloton will be familiar with stage 5 up Old Willunga Hill, stage 4, 128km between Norwood and Uraidla, is somewhat of an unknown. The majority of the stage is raced over rolling roads but the road kicks up for an 11-minute effort to the top of Norton Summit Road.
The climb might not be that steep, and many predict that 30 riders could hit the summit together – but the final 7.4km of rolling roads and a short descent could see a late attack or small break go clear. Considering the bonus seconds on offer, and how close the TDU has been in the past, stage 4 could well decide the race.
In this episode, we follow the team and hear from Matt White about the parcours, and his team’s chances. We also talk to the local rider and new national champion Alex Edmondson, and Jack Bauer, who joined the team in the winter.
White also talks about Caleb Ewan’s prospects and the young sprinter’s development as he builds towards his maiden Tour de France in July.