It’s hard to see the Giro d’Italia getting off a better start for Mitchelton-Scott.  Two stage wins courtesy of both of their team leaders, and the maglia rosa for Simon Yates.  Sam Bewley has been front and centre in his support role for the team, and we got to catch up with him after stage 9; with a chance to reflect on a dream start.  

 

Simon Yates wins stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia

Bennett 4th on Etna as Chaves-Yates perform masterclass

 

RC:  Congratulations to you and the team on what must be a dream first half of the race since we spoke to you last.  Describe the feeling in the team after the last four stages of racing. 

Sam:  Yeah, it’s been a pretty incredible start for us and you can’t ask for anymore from the whole team. Everyone here is riding so strong and covering their roles across the board.  We can’t ask for anymore at this stage.  There is still a long way to go so it’s important we continue to keep our feet on the ground and keep calm heading into the second half of the race. 

RC:  Dual leadership is something that can be quite interesting within a team, but it’s something that both Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates have appeared to tackle very well; which is all the more impressive given that both are in very good form.  What makes the two of them so good at that sharing leadership? 

Sam:  It certainly comes down to their character. They have grown together in this team and you can see, especially on Etna the respect they have for each other.  That is what is important when you’re friends and you have respect for each other you can go a long way with two leaders. 

RC:  Tactically did yesterday’s stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia pan out as you and the team had expected?  From our perspective it looked like you knew that the break could afford to have that 8 minute advantage given that what was at stake on the final 2 climbs would draw a lot of teams out in the end. 

Sam:  Our goal today was to keep the jersey and for our two leaders to take time on the other GC riders if the opportunity was there.  But we weren’t overly concerned about the stage win.  If it wasn’t for Astana riding so hard on the final climbs the break would have won.  But in the end it worked out great for us. 

RC:  Obviously stage 14 up Monte Zoncolan is going to be the next big summit finish challenge of the race, but are there any things that you are particularly mindful of about stages 10-13? 

Sam:  [Today] is the rest day so I have put the race book away for the next 24hrs. I want to enjoy the rest day and stay relaxed so to be honest I haven’t really looked at the stages for the first part of next week. But it’s the Giro, you’ve got to be on your game every day here.

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