Aussies target junior tour rewards
The Junior Tour of Southland remains an important part of some young Australian cyclists' apprenticeships.
Thirteen riders from the Flying Kangaroos, a development programme established by Australian professional rider Heinrich Haussler, and another six from the New South Wales development squad will take part in the 30th edition of the three-day race, which starts with a prologue time trial at Teretonga Park this morning.
Business commitments have kept Flying Kangaroos head coach Kurt Polock in Australia, but he will be here in a few weeks to lead a team in the SBS Bank Tour of Southland.
School exams and the recent junior world championships have reduced the number of riders coming across the Tasman, but there was no lack of interest in the race on the other side of the ditch, Flying Kangaroos manager Mick Marshall said.
The team includes talented rider Sam Jenner, a regular in the Yunca-sponsored tour, who finished runner-up in the under-17 time trial at the Australian championships.
Josh Toovey is another promising rider in the Australian contingent.
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