Van D’am Racing looking for more success at Tour of the Great South Coast
Van D’am Racing head into the third round of the National Road Series with a strong team hoping to defend their young rider classification jersey that the team won last year.
Building on a strong Battle Recharge, the team will be a slightly altered roster for the race which starts in Mount Gambier on Wednesday.
Liam Lawlor and Sebastian Presley will lead the lines in the quest to defend the under 21 classification with both riders on strong form and likely to be active throughout the tour. Lawlor features a strong kick which should come in handy during the numerous punchy climbs throughout the tour whilst Presley should present an extremely viable second option.
The young riders will be helped out by the experienced heads of Jason Thomason and Rylan Dowdell who will look to shoulder much of the work in helping out the boys ride solid position during the many stages likely to be impacted by crosswinds. However should the opportunity present itself, look for both of these riders to be featuring in the breakaways and potentially take their own chance at glory.
Lachlan Darch and Iven Bennett provide huge motors with the tour suiting both riders extremely well. Bennett especially will be hoping for a high general classification placing as the Tasmanian will feel right at home in the predicted cold and wet weather conditions.
The team is rounded out by David Randall who should be able to provide solid support to the boys throughout the tour.
This race is pretty special for us. It’s in our neck of the woods starting in South Australia. We know the roads of Mount Gambier well and are hoping to carry the strong teamwork and form that we had at Battle onto the flat roads of the Tour of the Great South Coast.” Lachie Ambrose
The six-stage, five-day race kicks off with a tough double day featuring a criterium around the centre of Mount Gambier before the infamous Blue Lake kermesse in the afternoon. Wind predictions are high and rain is on the menu so it could prove to be a vital day for the general classification.
Stay up to date with the teams’ social media to follow all the results as we bring you extensive coverage of the tour with team member and journalism student, Matt de Vroet, helping out provide the media content for the week.