Tour Down Under: Porte and Dennis are Impey's main challengers

2018 Tour Down Under winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott manager Matt White has selected Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis as two of the main favourites for next year's Santos Tour Down Under . The first WorldTour race of the 2019 campaign starts on January 15 with Mitchelton-Scott looking to defend their crown. Daryl Impey, who won the race in 2018, is likely to lead the Australian team once more and will be hoping to become the first rider in the race's history to win back-to-back titles. With Caleb Ewan set to race in Lotto Soudal colours, Mitchelton-Scott will not bring a sprinter to the first WorldTour race of the season. "No one has gone back-to-back in the history of the race, so it will be a big challenge for us," White told Cyclingnews . "Obviously, without being privileged to see who is coming, regardless I think our biggest threats will come from Australians with Rohan Dennis, Jay McCarthy, ...

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