Australian WorldTour squad, Mitchelton-Scott, has announced the riders that will be participating in the first-ever Virtual Tour de France on Zwift.
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SBS Cycling Central

3 Jul 2020 - 8:04 AM  UPDATED 3 Jul 2020 - 1:44 PM

The Zwift Virtual Tour de France is just around the corner, and Mitchelton-Scott have named a varied squad to take on the rest of the world. The team will be headlined by climbers Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves, with Yates set for the Mont Ventoux stage.

With the number of rider participations capped and reduced team sizes, the Australian team has gone with a mixed approach in the event.

Mitchelton-Scott will not field a women's squad, with most of the team being based in Australia and the hours not working for them.

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SBS will broadcast the event, with all stages to be streamed on Cycling Central and the final two stages on SBS VICELAND.

Apart from it being the e-racing debut of cycling’s prestige event, the Virtual Tour de France is historic for another big reason, as there will be a women’s race running concurrent to the men’s. 

Both will be contested along the same course, covering the same distance and receiving equal televised coverage.

Instead of racing for prizemoney, charity will be the benefactor from the event, with Tour de France United set to donate bikes to disadvantaged communities. 

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:

Stage 1: Saturday 4th July
 LIVE streaming - 23:00 - 01:00 (AEST) - via SBS On Demand and Cycling Central.

Men's - Daryl Impey (RSA, 35), Nick Schultz (AUS, 25), Alexander Konychev (ITA, 21), Dion Smith (NZL, 27)

 

Stage 2: Sunday 5th July
 LIVE streaming - 23:00 - 01:00 (AEST) - via SBS On Demand and Cycling Central.

Men's - Barnabas Peak (HUN, 21), Michael Hepburn (AUS, 28), Damien Howson (AUS, 27), Michael Albasini (SUI, 39)



Stage 3: Saturday 11th July
 LIVE streaming - 23:00 - 01:00 (AEST) - via SBS On Demand and Cycling Central.

Men's - Callum Scotson (AUS, 23), Jack Bauer (NZL, 35), Sam Bewley (NZL, 32), Esteban Chaves (COL, 30)



Stage 4: Sunday 12th July
 LIVE streaming - 23:00 - 01:00 (AEST) - via SBS On Demand and Cycling Central.

Men's - Jack Haig (AUS, 26), Nick Schultz (AUS, 25), Barnabas Peak (HUN, 21), Alex Edmondson (AUS, 26)

Stage 5: Saturday 18th July
 LIVE streaming - 23:00 - 01:00 (AEST) - via SBS VICELAND, SBS On Demand and Cycling Central.

Men's - Luke Durbridge (AUS, 29), Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 24), Brent Bookwalter (USA, 36), Adam Yates (GBR, 27)

Stage 6: Saturday 19th July
 LIVE streaming - 23:00 - 01:00 (AEST) - via SBS VICELAND, SBS On Demand and Cycling Central.

Men's - Edoardo Affini (ITA, 24), Kaden Groves (AUS, 21), Rob Stannard (AUS, 21), Luke Durbridge (AUS, 29)