Ryan Christensen has delivered another podium finish for Oliver’s
Racing during stage 3 of the Sam Miranda Tour of King Valley. The 19
year old Kiwi was third behind Pat Shaw (Avanti Isowhey Sports) &
Jesse Kerrison (State of Matter/MAAP) after an epic 112km stage that
included wind, rain, and 5 dirt sections.
After a fast start the peloton split into small groups over the 5km
Strada Nero unpaved climb. A lead group of 40 riders formed at the front
which included Christensen and 4 of his Oliver’s Racing teammates. Under
the control of Avanti Isowhey Sports defending the 24 second race lead
of Joe Cooper, the race ended in a bunch sprint with a technical final
“I managed to make it over the climb and through the big splits in the
front group. I didn’t puncture and had 4 guys with me as well which was
great having the team around me coming into the finish. We had a great
leadout, we had Dever and Reddish sitting at front, going toe to toe
with Avanti. I’m actually normally the leadout man for my teammate, Sean
Whitfield, but I got my opportunity today and made the most of it. It
was a good podium the first one for me and hopefully we can continue to
improve on that.” Christensen told Cycling Australia post stage.
Oliver’s Real Food Racing finished second on teams classification on
the final two road stages, and finished ranked 5th overall for the race.