Jack Haig‘s impressive super-domestique duties at the Giro d’Italia for Mitchelton-Scott have solidified his role as a team leader for the upcoming Tour de Suisse (June 9-17). The 24-year-old Australian was a key part of Mitchelton’s Giro ride, helping both Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves as the team enjoyed five stage wins and a long spell in the maglia rosa through Yates.
Haig, now in his fourth full year with the Australian team, had been penciled in for a leadership bid at the Tour de Suisse during the winter, but his consistent climbing at the Giro has enhanced his reputation.
“I’m not really surprised by Jack’s level,” senior sporting director Matt White told Cyclingnews as he headed back from the Giro.
“If you look at his age, and that was his third Grand Tour, at every one he’s getting better and better. He’s certainly stepped it up another level in terms of reliability and that’s really pleasing for us, and for him.”
With Adam Yates leading the team at the Critérium du Dauphiné and the team also set to race the Tour of Slovenia, Haig will have the chance to showcase his improving standing over Suisse’s mountain terrain. Haig’s last leadership bid came at Pais Vasco, earlier in the spring. He had been in the running for a top-10 place but he lost over seven minutes on the final stage, and slipped to 16th overall.
“The next opportunity for Jack comes at the Tour de Suisse, where he’ll be a leader. That’s been penciled in since the winter but it’s about a process for him, and learning more about what it’s like to be a protected rider and being consistent,” White added.
Time to analyse the Giro
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