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Australian Teams Announced for NZ's Premier Tour
23 Jan, 2015

The Australians are once again making a strong bid for honours in the NZCT Cycle Classic later this month.

Six high-quality teams from across the ditch have entered the five-day international race which gets underway on Wednesday 28th January.   It will be the 28th anniversary of the race, which runs from January 28 to February the 1st.

Australian pro teams Budget Forklifts, Avanti Racing Team, Team Scody Downunder,Team Subaru Albion, Data#3 Symantec and GPM have confirmed their line ups and participation for New Zealand’s premier cycle race and only UCI 2.2 event in Oceania.

Avanti Racing Team are presenting a strong team including all three first place getters in last week New Zealand Road Cycling Championships, 2015 national road Champion Joseph Cooper, retired Christchurch triathlete Tom Davison and third place getter Jason Christie.

Davison has represented New Zealand in World Championships and Commonwealth Games and decide after five years as a professional triathlete to concentrate in road cycling. 

“As organiser, you cannot ask for anything better, the top three riders in the country in the same team for New Zealand’s premier bike race.  Looking at their performance on Sunday, I think they should go very well in the NZCT cycle classic” Said race director Jorge Sandoval

Team Budget Forklifts, winner of the 2014 event with Michael Vink, is also returning with a complete new line up that includes Jack Anderson, Daniel Barry, Joshua Prete, Kristian Juel from Denmark and Josh Berry.

“I have been running the NZCT international tour for 28 years now, over the years we’ve had some fantastic fields with riders coming from Europe, America, Asia and Australia and I believe this year’s field is just as good, will be a great tussle between Australia and New Zealand riders.

The classic is recognised overseas as the road tour with the highest international standing in this country, and I expect it will be reflected in the quality of the New Zealand and overseas riders taking part in this year’s tour”. Sandoval said.

The 2015 tour will begin with an individual time trial starting and finishing at the Manawatu Golf Course.  Over the next three days, riders will race around the region with stages to Apiti, Feilding and Pahiatua.

The tour is set for an epic finish, stage five on the last day of racing will be crucial to decide the overall winner.  The stage will take the field from Palmerston North to the Wairarapa region via the Pahiatua hill, returning the same way to a finish at Pacific Drive near Palmerston North.

More teams will be announced next week including the New Zealand teams.

For more information please contact Jorge Sandoval 0274 464300 or visit the event website




Avanti Cycling Team                                    

Team Manager: Andrew Christie-Johnston

1          Joseph Cooper                                     New Zealand

2          Tom Davidson                                     New Zealand

3          Taylor Gunman                                   New Zealand

4          Jason Christie                                      New Zealand

5          Fraser Gough                                      New Zealand


Team Budget Forklifts                                  

Manager: Shaun McCarthy

6          Jack Anderson                                     Australia

7          Daniel Barry                                        New Zealand

8          Joshua Prete                                        Australia

9          Kristian Juel                                         Denmark

10        Josh Berry                                           Australia


Data#3 Symantec Racing Team                   

Manager:  Peter Zijerveld

11        Alex Grunke                                        Australia                     

12        Scott Thomas                                      Australia         

13        Adam Allen                                         Australia                     

14        Craig Evers                                          Australia                     

15        Kyle Bridgwood                                   Australia         


GPM    Stulz                                                   

Team Manager: Trent Wilson

16        Edward White                                     Australia
17        Joel Walsh                                           Australia
18        Cameron Ivory                                    Australia
19        Fabio Calabria                                     Australia
20        Craig   Hutton                                     Australia


Team Subaru Albion                                                

Manager: Colin Iremonger

21       Adam Bull                                            New Zealand
22        Morgan Smith                                     New Zealand
23       Darcy Ellen-Norton                              New Zealand        
24        Damiel Molyneux                               Australia
25       Richard Lawson                                    Australia


Team Scody Downunder                                         

Team Manager:  Garry Elliott

26        Sam Volkers                                        Australia         

27        Rhys Gillet                                           Australia

28        Nick Woods                                         Australia                                 

29        Stuart Mulhern                                   Australia

30        Nick Miller                                          New Zealand

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