Van D’am Racing eager for more success at Tour of King Valley
After an extremely successful Tour of the Great South Coast, with Jason Thomason scoring the teams first National Road Series win, Van D’am Racing come into the Tour of the King Valley confident we can have an impact on the race.
Bringing largely the same team with only one change, the team will look for more success in one of the favourite races on the calendar with the dirt roads of the Strade Nero always providing some exciting action.
Thomason will be back and looking for more stage success while also continuing to guide the younger riders in his role as team captain while Rylan Dowdell will look to provide an experienced head in the team.
With a short 1.6km opening prologue, not usually seen in the NRS, it is a chance for David Randall to showcase his strong short power as well as Liam Lawlor who should be in contention for the young riders jersey at the end of the tour.
Mark Sampson makes his long-awaited NRS debut and will look to impress in his favourite event, the stage 2 criterium, around a new motor racing circuit outside of Wangaratta which is sure to spice up the action.
Rounding out the team is Tasmanian engine Iven Bennett and Melbourne climber Sebastian Presley both of who are capable of solid general classification results if things fall their way.
Tour of the King Valley has become an iconic race on the National Road Series calendar with the infamous Stage 3 “Strade Nero” race with five tough dirt sections set to break up the race. Whilst it is not always as decisive as it might seem on the profile, it usually breaks up the race enough to have significant general classification impacts.
Stage 4 sees the returns of the Taminick Gap loop stage which features three tough climbs before a quick run into the finish.
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