Mitchelton-Scott is a fairly new Australian cycling team that compete in the UCI World Tour. This gives them automatic entry to the Tour de France 2018, along with 17 other teams this year. Founded in 2011, the team were first admitted by the UCI for the 2012 and 2013 World Tour seasons and have competed every year since.
In recent years, Mitchelton-Scott have made a name for themselves at World Tour events, but how do their chances look this year? Read on to find out more about the Mitchelton-Scott Tour de France 2018 team and latest news.
Are Mitchelton-Scott Likely to Win the Tour de France 2018?
As we’ve just mentioned, Mitchelton-Scott have a good recent record at World Tour events and so there's definitely some value in backing them this summer. However, a brief look at their list of riders for the Tour de France 2018 may have you thinking otherwise.
It seems that for 2018 in general, Mitchelton-Scott are going for a more targeted approach in each of the major cycling events. Instead of allowing riders to compete in multiple important races, the team have decided to split their chances.
This means that some of Mitchelton-Scott’s best riders are currently missing from their preliminary Tour de France race list, including Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves.
Instead, Adam Yates will head the Tour de France team whilst Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves will both race in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.
This decision will definitely affect the Mitchelton-Scott Tour de France odds, but in perhaps a more positive way than you were expecting.
GC contenders who announce that they will be riding in two of the big summer races often suffer a drop in odds. That's because many pundits and cycling fans think a doing the double will undoubtedly affect their performances in both.
Our Prediction for the Team
By announcing Adam Yates as Mitchelton-Scott's GC contender for the Tour de France 2018 alone, the odds look favourable and there is hope that he could bag a Tour de France win for the Aussie team.
The rest of the team has been moulded and selected around ensuring that Yates has the best possible chance of a high General Classification finish.
In our expert opinion, Mitchelton-Scott seem more committed than ever before at achieving a GC win in this year's Tour de France. They've purposefully excluded other riders to give Yates a shot at the title and this means they could be a team to watch.
Our Betting Tips
As we've just mentioned, Mitchelton-Scott seem to be entering the Tour de France 2018 with only one thing on their minds; a GC contender win for Adam Yates.
That being said, Yates has never achieved a Grand Tour win before and therefore the odds also reflect this. There are many other riders from other teams who are considered much more likely to win the overall title, but we think this could be a blessing in disguise.
At the moment, the odds on Yates are longer than the odds on the GC contenders for other teams. This makes them highly appealing and an early bet on Yates to win would be a very smart bet.
Alternatively, we also think backing Mitchelton-Scott's sprinter Michael Matthews for a points classification win could be quite lucrative too.
As with Yates, Matthews is slightly outside of the top favourites to win the prize, but this does mean his odds are longer and more appealing. You could also back Matthews to win at least one of the eight sprint sections.
Here are some of our favourite current odds being offered on Mitchelton-Scott Riders:
Adam Yates as Overall Winner: 16/1
Michael Matthews for Points Classification Winner: 12/1
Michael Matthews to Win Stage One: 28/1
Mitchelton-Scott Tour de France 2018 Team
As you will probably know by now if you’ve been swotting up on other Tour de France teams too, we cannot say for certain who will be riding for each time until the week of the race itself.
That being said, ahead of the Tour de France 2018, many teams have released preliminary lists of riders and Mitchelton-Scott is one of these.
Here's the complete preliminary list of riders for Mitchelton-Scott in the Tour de France 2018:
- Jack Bauer (NZL)
- Luke Durbridge (AUS)
- Mathew Hayman (AUS)
- Michael Hepburn (AUS)
- Damien Howson (AUS)
- Daryl Impey (RSA)
- Mikel Nieve (SPA)
- Adam Yates (GBR)
Top 3 Most Popular Riders
Of the eight riders who will be participating in the Tour de France 2018 in the Mitchelton-Scott team, there are three that we think will be the one's to watch.
One of the best things about the Mitchelton-Scott team, as we discussed earlier, is that they've created a team ready to support Adam Yates. This means that each of three riders we've highlighed below are each skilled in different departments.
As we mentioned in our betting tips and predictions earlier, Adam Yates will be Mitchelton-Scott's GC contender. Although Yates is yet to win a Grand Tour title, he has had an impressive 2018 season so far, regardless of a fractured pelvis injury in March.
Yates has racked up multiple stage wins and top-5 overall places in the Volta a la Comunitat Valencia, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of California this year, as well as being named runner-up at the recent Criterium du Dauphine.
It's these accolades which have proved he is a worthy team leader and why we think backing Yates to win the Tour de France 2018 is a smart bet.
Michael Matthews is one of Mitchelton-Scott's best sprinters and he will be instrumental to Yates' GC success. Furthermore, he's currently considered one of the top 5 favourites to with the Points Classification title.
In the 2017 Tour de France, Matthews successfully won this accolade, yet a win this year isn't to be considered a foregone conclusion just yet. This is because Matthews has failed to have a great 2018 season so far. Could he be waiting for his moment in France? We'd hold out on backing Matthews for the moment.
As one of Mitchelton-Scott's most capable climbers, Mikel Nieve is expected to take up the role of key mountain leader in some of the Tour's more grueling stages. This is to primarily provide Yates with the support he needs, but there's a good chance Nieve could rack up some stage wins too.
In 2018, Nieve has already took home a stage win at the Giro d'Italia, and also picked up the Mountain Classification prize in the same race back in 2016.
Mitchelton-Scott Cycling Team General Information
Like many of the 2018 Tour de France teams, Mitchelton-Scott have raced under several different names. When the team was first founded, they were named GreenEDGE Cycling, and were then sponsored by Orica up until 2017.
In 2018, the team will be co-sponsored by Mitchelton, an Australian hotel and winery company, and Scott Sports – a Swiss producer of bicycles and other sporting equipment.
The Mitchelton-Scott team is managed by Shayne Bannan, with Matt White and Neil Stephens as sporting directors, who are both former Australian professional cyclists. As of January 2018, Mitchelton-Scott had a roster of 25 riders and 12 of these hailing from the team’s homeland, Australia.
Notably, however, some of Mitchelton-Scott’s biggest stars are not Australian, including Adam and Simon Yates from Britain and Esteban Chaves from Colombia.
For 2018, Mitchelton-Scott will ride in a mainly black jersey with yellow sleeves, which is slightly different to their usual team colours of navy and yellow.