Sat 9 May 2020
The Tour for All came to a conclusion yesterday, drawing a curtain on our first ever e-racing stage race which was highlighted by a second place finish on the team general classification.
Contributing to an incredible $250,000 to Doctors without Borders, in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Tour for All offered the chance for Mitchelton-SCOTT riders to get their competitive juices flowing again whilst supporting a worthy cause.
After a e-racing debut in the five one-day race series, DigitalSwiss5, Tour for All was a team points classification system. Mitchelton-SCOTT finished second overall with a total of 242 points, 155points behind NTT Pro Cycling who put in a dominant performance across the week of racing.
Mitchelton-SCOTT got off to a flying start on day one, with Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge collecting maximum points on the first two intermediate sprints.
Unfortunately technical problems saw three of our five starters, including Durbridge from the front group, drop out of the stage and kept finish line points to a minimum.
Stage 1 Top Position: 17th
Stage 1 Team Position: 8th
Overall Position after Stage 1: 8th
Durbridge was back at it on day two ready to make amends and the 29-year-old made the front group of 14 alongside teammates Nick Schultz and Daryl Impey.
With over two minutes on the bunch, the front group split again and, after picking up more intermediate points for Mitchelton-SCOTT, Schultz made the winning move of five and eventually finished fourth on the stage.
Stage 2 Top Position: 4th
Stage 2 Team Position: 3rd
Overall Position after Stage 2: 5th
Day three presented the first hill-top finish of Tour for All and as a result Mitchelton-SCOTT unleashed climbers Lucas Hamilton and Simon and Adam Yates for the first time.
Despite an early split, racing came back together and the trio still featured in the front group by the start of the final climb.
Bilbao (TBM) tried a solo attack and gained as much as 40seconds advantage, but there was another regrouping, with Hamilton and Adam Yates still featured at the front. The pair finished fourth and sixth respectively on the stage.
Stage 3 Top Position: 4th
Stage 3 Team Position: 4th
Overall Position after Stage 3: 4th
The Sand and Sequoias route of stage four was a familiar one to riders, as the location of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s weekly private staff/rider events.
Showing their work on the Zwift platform in the past two months, Schultz and Impey once again made the front group heading into the final five kilometres, activating power ups and finishing third and seventh respectively.
Stage 4 Top Position: 3rd
Stage 4 Team Position: 3rd
Overall Position after Stage 4: 3rd
The biggest showdown was saved for the final day; a Queen stage featuring the famous Alpe du Zwift to finish.
Mitchelton-SCOTT stuffed its roster full of climbers with the Yates brothers, Hamilton, Damien Howson and Jack Haig all lining up.
The race lined out up the final climb and it was youngster Hamilton who put in the strongest performance for Mitchelton-SCOTT. The Australian hit the front inside the final three kilometres but was just beaten over the line to settle for second position behind winner Meintjes (NTT). Adam Yates also finished in the top ten in eighth position.
Stage 5 Top Position: 2nd
Stage 5 Team Position: 2nd
FINAL Overall Position: 2nd