Sam Miranda Tour of King Valley Preview
Coming off the strongest NRS Tour in the teams’ short existence, Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields are keen to take on the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley this weekend. The four stage 3 day race takes on some of the most scenic areas of Northern Victoria, and the inclusion of the infamous “Strade Nero” dirt always leads to exciting racing.
Once again lining up with the youngest team in the race, our oldest rider is only 20, the boys are keen to make an impact on both the general classification and through the aggressive nature of their riding.
After an extended racing and training block in Europe, Ben Andrews returns to the team to give them a welcomed general classification option. Andrews had some solid results in Belgium including a podium before spending the last two weeks refining his form in sunny Spain.
Callum Pearce will target the sprint finishes once again after winning the young rider jersey at the Tour of the Great South Coast a few weeks ago. Look to him as the leading man for the Stage 2 Criterium around Wangaratta, and if the two road stages finish in bunch kicks, he could very well land a strong result.
Tom Allford, Matthew de Vroet and Iven Bennett will all try and use their aggressive nature to feature in the main breakaways and aid Andrews and Pearce where they can while young Liam Lawlor aims to continue his development in only his second NRS race.
Ethan Egglestone returns from illness to race his first NRS race of the season after spending the first half of the year racing and studying in Spain.
The team are also very excited to have the talented Harry Wiles from Peak Creative joining the crew for the race. Look out for some behind-the-scenes content as well as a fascinating insight into how an NRS team is run during the Tour.
The Sam Miranda Tour of King Valley features an opening 9km time trial through the Dal Zotto winery in Whitfield before an afternoon criterium through the Wangaratta CBD. Saturday will see the queen stage through the dirt of the Strade Nero over 118km before the tour concludes with a testing 100km through the Wangaratta area.
Once again a major thank you to all the sponsors and management who allow us to compete against the best in Australia. Stay tuned for updates as the tour goes on!