If they didn’t have two rider in the top three of the general classification, then Mitchelton-Scott might consider leaving the Giro d’Italia now and calling it a roaring success after what Simon Yates described as a “perfect day” on Mount Etna on Thursday.
The Australian team played an absolute blinder on stage six, putting Esteban Chaves up the road in the day’s large breakaway – which he would eventually attack on Etna to take the victory – before Simon Yates bided his time to attack the group of main contenders 2.2km from the summit and ride across to his Colombian team-mate as they crossed the line together.
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This sort of success might be rare in pro cycling, but what’s easier to come by is great behind-the-scenes YouTube video on the Mitchelton-Scott channel, and the video for this stage of the Giro is particularly worth a watch.
The video begins on the team bus at the stage start in Caltanissetta with interviews with the riders (including Yates being asked if he’d take a drink out of his shoe on the podium) and a very interesting white board held up by sports director Matt White showing how the team splits the stage into various phases with different riders having different roles to play in each phase.
After a few race highlights, we see a shattered Chaves interviewed prior to going onto the podium, with the Colombian close to tears after taking his first Grand Tour stage win since 2016 after enduring a difficult year last season.
Understandably White is delighted with the day – although isn’t sure that he’ll fit into Yates’ extra-small pink jersey – and now just has to worry about how the team is going to defend the jersey through the next few days and perhaps most of the way to Rome.