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Winner of Oceania Tour Announced
4 Mar, 2014

The Avanti Racing Team’s season couldn’t have got off to a better start with strong results across the early season races. Brenton Jones’ break through win at the Bay Criteriums followed by Taylor Gunman’s gold medal at the New Zealand Championships and podiums at the Australian Championships certainly set things up. Then having five riders selected to ride for Uni SA at the Tour Down Under where Jack Haig won the best young rider competition, backed up by a stage win at the NZ Cycle Classic (Jones) and another best young rider and third overall at the Herald Sun Tour for Haig took any real or perceived pressure off the often understated giant killers. “We know this year is going to be tough but there really isn’t any pressure to repeat last years results.” said team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston “Budget Forklifts have recruited well and with new continental team African Wildlife Safaris coming on the scene it will be a much closer competition.  Then you have the Drapac factor. Continental teams are used to racing Pro-Conti teams at UCI level but for the NRS teams it not very fair. We’ve obviously  managed to beat them a few times already this season so we aren’t too concerned but you’d have to say the NRS is theirs to lose”

 

The recent Oceania Championships saw the conclusion of this year’s round with Joe Coopers win in the time trial the highlight. Strong rides by Campbell Flakemore (2nd U23 TT) and Brenton Jones (3rd Elite Men’s RR) secured enough points for Avanti Racing to top the competition on 174 points followed by Drapac 2nd on 156 points and Budget Forklifts 3rd on 111 points. The region win entitles Avanti Racing Team the opportunity to compete in the World Team Time Trial Championships in September in Spain, an honour they have received for the second year running. “We had to turn it down last year as we just didn’t have the budget” said Christie-Johnston. “We still don’t really have the budget but we are talking to our sponsors to see what’s possible as we’d really like to go over there and show what we can do.”

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