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Ayden aiming for second straight tour title

26 August 2019

Defending champion Ayden Toovey will face familiar surrounds but a dramatic climate change when he returns for this year’s Visit Victoria-Campolina Tour of the Great South Coast.

Defending champion Ayden Toovey will face familiar surrounds but a dramatic climate change when he returns for this year’s Visit Victoria-Campolina Tour of the Great South Coast.

The New South Welshman has just completed the Tour of Utah in America where he endured mountains, high altitude and daily temperatures of 30 degrees and more.

Tom Petty, who will manage Toovey’s Team Bridgelane combination, said the 23-year-old would “really feel the difference” when he steps out on the usually wet and windy six-day tour over 541km.

“Ayden is not due back in Australia until five days before the race start in Mount Gambier and he will be coming out of hot weather and high-altitude, riding into what is always a demanding Winter tour,” Petty said.

“He has been a solid performer all year. He won the points classification (green jersey) at the Herald Sun Tour and won the second stage of the Tour of Japan at Tyoto. It will be interesting to see how he adapts when he returns but he definitely could win the race. There is no pressure on him to defend the title and we are not yet sure who in our team could push for victory.

“We have enjoyed a pretty good year. We’ve won the ‘Warrnambool’, the national Under 23 title, a stage of the Tour of Japan, a stage in Thailand and a mountain stage in France.

“What will be really interesting is the team time trial In Naracoorte. I don’t think any team does many of them and, obviously, the outcome of that segment of the race can have a huge impact on the overall result.”

Petty declared that the Tour of the Great South Coast was “one of my favourite tours, a great event.

“We want to win the race and we are going there for no other reason than to win. We have a talented and dedicated team and we are really looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

The eight-stage tour has attracted a classy 80-man field from all Australian states, with a sprinkling of overseas riders including Germany’s Raphael Freienstein, winner of last year’s Minijumbuk criterium championship and the Carlin and Gazzard sprint title. (Teams list attached).

The tour makes its traditional start with the criterium at Vansittart Park at Mount Gambier next Tuesday and ends with another spectacular criterium around the waterfront at Portland on Sunday, September 1.

Founded in 2012, the eighth Tour of the Great South Coast is backed by the Victorian State Government and four municipalities – the City of Mount Gambier, District Council of Grant and Naracoorte Lucindale Council in South Australia, and Victoria’s Glenelg Shire Council.

 

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