• Will Caleb Ewan be pretty in pink after Stage 1 of the 2017 Giro d'Italia? (Getty)Source: Getty
Youth will be backed up with experience as Orica-Scott tap Adam Yates and Caleb Ewan to spearhead the team's efforts at the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia.
Cycling Central

2 May 2017 - 9:52 AM 

Yates, 24 and Ewan, 22, are two of the brightest prospects in cycling with the former expected to show his talents in the mountains and the latter, the sprint finishes, over the 21 stages of the 5-28 May Grand Tour.

“We will mix our focus between Adam in the mountains and Caleb on the flat stages,” Orica-Scott sport director Matt White said.

“It’s a tricky mix, but we aren’t the only people doing it and I am confident with the group we have we can chase both goals with success. We will certainly have something to concentrate on every day for the next three weeks.”

Support for yates will come from Carlos Verona and Ruben Plaza, both with proven climbing credentials.

“Carlos is going to be crucial and Ruben has recovered from surgery in the off season to be there to offer guidance and experience. He was very reliable with Esteban [Chaves] last year, so we would expect to see the same again,” White said.

With the opening stage in Sardinia likely to end in a sprint finish and with it the prospect of the first Maglia Rosa a reward, Ewan will be hoping to start his second Giro with a bang and the help of youngster Alexander Edmondson and veteran Luka Mezgec.

“[Andre] Greipel and [Fernando] Gaviria are our big sprint rivals this year,” White said. “In Caleb's second Giro we can really target winning a stage when the opportunities arise and that will start on stage one with the Maglia Rosa the bonus for the winner.”

Rounding out the Orica-Scott roster are Michael Hepburn, Chris Juul-Jensen and Svein Tuft.