New-look team set for Southland tour

Share the Road has named a new-look team ahead of this year's Tour of Southland.

Just one rider from last year's Share the Road team, which finished third in the team classification, is returning for the PowerNet-sponsored tour.

Following a season in Belgium riding for Marco Polo, Chris Macic will return to the team for what will be his fifth Southland tour.

Macic finished fourth last year, as well as second in both the sprint ace and King of the Mountain classifications.

He will be joined by Australian Sam Witmitz, and Kiwi riders Fraser Gough, Greg Taylor, Mark Langlands and Sam Lindsay.

Witmitz is no stranger to the Tour after riding in a team with Floyd Landis in 2010, and is a promising sprinter.

He has achieved a number of good results for Budget Forklifts in Australia this year and also rode with the team in the Oceania Championships in Queenstown in April.

Langlands and Gough [cousin of Olympic bronze medallist Westley Gough], both come to Share the Road after being team-mates in last year's tour with another team.

Langlands was previously part of the Pure Black Racing setup and will compete in his seventh Tour of Southland this year, while Gough is a former New Zealand junior representative.

Share the Road cyclists, along with staff from Sport Southland, Road Safety Southland and the New Zealand Police, will take part in the annual roadshows, visiting schools throughout Southland to promote the Share the Road messages in the week preceding the Tour.

Meanwhile, Westley Gough, who won bronze in the teams pursuit at the London Olympics, has joined the Subway Pro Cycling team.

Gough will join Nick Lovegrove, Scott Creighton, Simon Binney and Matt Gorter in today's elite 156-kilometre Te Awamutu Open being held near Hamilton.

Subway's team for the Tour of Southland will be confirmed next week. 

The Southland Times