The pro road action has moved from Europe to Asia, and it’s there that Svein Tuft will bring his eight year spell with Mitchelton-Scott to a close at the Japan Cup. Mitchelton-Scott, one of five WorldTour teams at the Japan Cup, will also end its season there. The team won its first Grand Tour this year with Simon Yates, who will also take the WorldTour individual title.
In mid-September 41-year-old Tuft signed with Rally Cycling after having hinted at retirement earlier in the year. He said, “The chance to ride for a North American team with a bunch of Canadians came along in Rally Cycling and I couldn’t refuse.”
He rode his 13th and likely last Grand Tour in May at the Giro d’Italia, a race that he led for one day in 2014.
Tuft’s last WorldTour race of the season was the Binck Bank Tour. The one-day Japan Cup will give him 55 racing days for 2018, his least amount while carrying the Mitchelton-Scott flag. Despite speculation that he would be included in the last running of the world championships team time trial for trade teams, Tuft didn’t line up for Mitchelton-Scott, who was fifth.