Orica-Scott’s youngest sprinters, Magnus Cort and Caleb Ewan, will line up at Milano – San Remo this weekend.
The young duo will be joined by former champion Simon Gerrans who delivered the Australian team its first monument victory at the race in 2012 and can never be discounted for another shot at glory.
The Milano-San Remo is the first monument of 2017 and covers 291km, making it the longest one-day race on the professional calendar and a gruelling encounter for the entire peloton.
For two-time Vuelta a Espana stage winner Cort, the experience of the cobbled classics will assist him with the challenging distance.
“Magnus has some experience with races over 250km from the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix so we are confident he can take another step up in distance for Milan- San Remo this weekend,” sport director Matt White said.
At just 22 years of age, Ewan will use the opportunity to gain valuable experience, having yet tackled a race of this distance.
“Caleb hasn’t had the ideal preparation having to withdraw from Tirreno-Adriatico followed his crash but he has been training well at home,” White continued.
“For Caleb, this year is more about experience. We expect the distance to be a difficult task which is natural for a young rider who has yet to challenge himself in a race situation for this duration.
“But it is a race he is passionate about and we will hopefully see him feature even more in the future.”
Supporting Cort, Ewan and Gerrans is an experienced group that includes Mathew Hayman, Michael Albasini, Daryl Impey, Jens Keukeleire and Luka Mezgec.