A successful day at the Tour de Korea saw SUBWAY® Pro Cycling’s Paul Odlin pull on the blue jersey of the tour leader’s sprint ace, and the team’s focus now is to bring it home.
After four days of racing Odlin was second going into today’s stage five, just one point off sprint leader Nakajima Yasuharu from the Asian Racing Team.
SUBWAY® Pro Cycling’s General Manager Hayden Godfrey said the team rode “very well and helped put Paul in the best position possible to pick up the points he needed.”
“The stage had one major categorised climb of four kilometres which was at the halfway point. It was really important the entire team got over it to support Oddy (Odlin) in the days sprint prime that came after 112 kilometres.”
Godfrey said SUBWAY® Pro Cycling’s Sam Horgan and Nick Lovegrove were required to work hard on the front in the lead up to the sprint prime to pull back a breakaway group that had formed after the climb.
“It was a great effort from Sam (Horgan) and Nick (Lovegrove) to bring back the break, then Wes (Gough) gave Paul (Odlin) a long lead out to ensure he was in a perfect position. The sprint was tough as it was uphill and into a headwind. Paul rode very strongly and took second place which was enough to put him in the sprint jersey; the day’s goal was complete”.
Odlin gets to wear the sprint leader’s jersey for the rest of the tour that ends on Sunday as there are no more sprint points up for grabs until the finish line in Seoul on Sunday. He holds a two point lead over Yasuharu (Asian Racing Team).
“Our clear goal now is to bring the sprint jersey home to New Zealand,” Godfrey said.