Drapac Professional Cycling Target National Championship Success

Drapac Professional Cycling opens the 2015 season at Australian National Road Championships?this week, with Australia?s longest-standing professional cycling team bringing a seasoned and diverse squad to this year?s event. ?The boys are in form, and are set to start the season off with some solid performances,? said Sports Director Tom Southam. ?The field is obviously very strong and we expect the competition to be high in all three of the events, but we believe we have riders who are capable of winning the criterium and the road race.? World-class sprinter Graeme Brown will don the red kit of Drapac for the first time in his career. This experienced and talented athlete brings power and finesse to the Drapac sprint train, who will be looking to get their season off to a great start at the criterium on Wednesday night. ?Graeme brings a wealth of expertise to the team, which will be invaluable as we strive to build a squad that is focused on specific targets,? said General Manager Jonathan Breekveldt. ?We have the team organized for Graeme for the criterium.? ?The criterium course is well suited to several of our riders. But we have Graeme Brown who has always performed well in crits such as this one, and has shown great form in the past two weeks in Bright. I think that with the corner just 400m from the finish he could well be the man to beat,? Southam added. Jordan Kerby is the reigning U23 National Time Trial Champion and is looking forward to testing his legs against some of the best in the world in the Elite race. The course is a flat and traditionally windy route, and the strong power athletes are expected to dominate. ?Throughout 2014 I had a good constant flow of racing, despite breaking my collarbone in Feb, and that has put me in really good stead for 2015. Going in to my first national Elite T,T I?m not quite sure what to expect but I feel that I?ve prepared really well over the past month. It?ll be great to test myself against some of the best time trialists in the world, and gauge myself at that level.? The road race could be the deepest field to date for Nationals, with numerous World Tour riders set to start. Drapac fields a richly talented group, including two former national champions with Darren Lapthorne (2007) and Travis Meyer (2010) who have previously won on the Ballarat circuit. Lapthorne and Meyer?s experience at this race could be key to success in what could be a very tactical race. ?We are in a good position with the road race as we will have superior numbers but the onus is still on the World Tour riders who are hoping to win the race and take the jersey back to Europe,? Southam said. ?That being said we have a number of guys who have been there in the final in previous editions so we are confident that their experience will pay off.? Roster for 2015 Australian National Road Championships Criterium – Wednesday 7th Jan Brenton Jones Graeme Brown Travis Meyer Cameron Peterson Malcolm Rudolph Samuel Spokes Bernard Sulzberger Time Trial ? Thursday 8th Jan William Clarke Adam Phelan Lachlan Norris Jordan Kerby Road Race ? Sunday 11th Jan William Clarke Adam Phelan Lachlan Norris Jordan Kerby Brenton Jones Graeme Brown Travis Meyer Cameron Peterson Malcolm Rudolph Samuel Spokes Bernard Sulzberger Darren Lapthorne Robbie Hucker Timothy Roe

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