Tim Roe Looks To Steal National Road Series Title

Peloton Cafe || Tim Roe

Peloton Cafe || Tim Roe

The Subaru National Road Series is set for a thrilling finale this weekend at the Grafton to Inverell, with overall victory in the Series on the line. With just three points separating leader Joe Cooper (Avanti Racing) and Tim Roe (Budget Forklifts), a post-race tie-breaker may be required to determine the overall Series winner. A top three finish for Cooper will clinch the Series title, however if Roe takes the win, he will need Cooper to finish no higher than fourth to steal the crown. If the pair finish on equal points, the Series will be awarded to the rider who secured more overall podium places throughout the year, which would be Cooper. Adelaide?s Roe is still haunted by the memories of losing the 2008 Series in the final race?to teammate David Pell. Similarly, Roe lost his grip on the 2008 Tour of Gippsland on the final day before making amends in 2014 following a dramatic finish which saw him take the title. Roe will be hoping to continue this trend into the weekend. ?I?m only three points behind and there are a lot more [points] than that up for grabs at the Grafton to Inverell, so I think I can take out series, definitely,? said Roe, 24. ?The team knows what it takes [to win this race]. You have to be switched on mentally, ready for ups and downs, and also be able to cope with the distance and weather.? Returning to the series from the BMC development team in 2014, Roe will lead the Budget Forklifts team who hope to capture their third consecutive Grafton victory. With the town of Grafton lined with spring?s purple hue of Jacaranda?s, 99 elite riders will flourish as they tackle the 220 kilometre race over the Gibraltar Ranges to Inverell. Lining up alongside Roe will be Brodie Talbot (NSW), Alex Wohler, Josh Prete, Kristian Juel, Michael Cupitt (QLD), Marc Williams (ACT) and Michael Vink (NZL). ?I think it will be a hard race with the climb in the middle of it, Grafton to Inverell is one of the hardest one day races in terms of terrain.? Cooper will be backed by newly signed Drapac Professional Cycling rider Brenton Jones (VIC), in form Ben Dyball, Aaron Donnelly (NSW), Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (ACT), Tom Robinson (TAS), Mark O?Brien and Neil Van Der Ploeg (VIC). Text via Cycling Australia Media Release

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