Peloton Cafe || Aaron Donnelly drives the Avanti Racing Team train at Tour of the Murray River (image copyright Neil Walker)
After their shock defeat at the Tour of Murray River when Brenton Jones
dropped his chain in sight of the finish line while leading the race the Avanti Racing Team
will head to the Tour of The Great South Coast
with a renewed determination to stamp their authority on the?National Road Series
?and put the nightmares of Murray behind them. The SouthCoast team oozes talent and will once again be a formidable force?next Wednesday when the field sets off from Mount Gambier. Covering 565km over eight stages before finishing on Sunday in Victoria?s picturesque Port Fairy the race will be hotly contested but the team is confident they can get the job done. Brenton Jones
is approaching the race like an AFL team would a Grand Final. His preparation has been meticulous and he is 100 percent focused on getting a result for the team. Neil Van Der Ploeg
is another rider that comes with something to prove and should suit the tough racing that the South Coast dishes up, forming an integral part of the sprint squad along with Jones, Scott Law
and Jack Beckinsale
that was so successful at Murray River. A big loss to the team will be the absence of?previous champion Anthony Giacoppo
who is still recovering form a torn hamstring sustained in Murray. ?AJ is a big loss, it?s a pity he won?t be able to defend his win from last year but the team isn?t lacking options?
said team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston. ?The weather down here is always a factor so we?ll be looking to stay out of trouble, race smart and stay safe.?
Filling in for AJ will be power house teammate Aaron Donnelly
who along with Mitch Lovelock-Fay and Taylor Gunman
will be the engine room the team will look to in the crosswinds and lead outs. Mark O?Brien
is the only pure climber selected and will be working hard for the team while trying to hone his form for the hilly races that follow. Sponsors of the Avanti Racing Team include Avanti Bikes, Praties, Shimano, Giro, Torq Nutrition, Champion Systems, Motion, Adidas Eyewear, BioCeuticals, Kenda tyres, Park Tools, Easton, Zero, High Sierra, Rocktape, and Premax.