New Zealand cyclist Tom Scully shows his versatility in La Route du Sud tour stage win
New Zealand cyclist Tom Scully is showing his versatility as his career develops in Europe.
The 27-year-old, who is usually a support rider for his Cannondale-Drapac team, produced a gritty effort to claim the final stage of La Route de Sud in France and his first World Tour stage win recently.
The Southland rider helped his team-mate, Frenchman Pierre Rolland claim the third stage of the four-stage race, before winning the 155km fourth stage ahead of French pair Mathias Le Turnier and Jerome Mainard in the 155km stage from Gers-Saint Michel to Nogaro.
In a very exciting and closely run finale Scully was able to take the sprint win for his team, despite the peloton catching onto the leaders in the final stages, showing that he has added a string to his bow as he gains valuable experience on the roads of Europe.
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"It feels pretty good, my role in the team is generally support and setting up for the big riders, to help them win and I did a fair share of that throughout the four days," he said.
"But every so often I get the green light to have a go in a breakaway, which usually has odds against making it to the line before the main peloton, so to flip those odds on a hot dry day under the French sun and then actually be one of the nine riders from the breakaway to win, feels good to deliver the win for the team."
"It shows that although my role is mainly being a helper in the team, I can still get results when required and so it gives the team another card to play, which for them it's always good having options."
The 2014 Commonwealth Games track cycling gold medallist and Track Cycling World Championships silver medallist is now facing a week off, before his Cannondale-Drapac team unveils the list of riders to compete in future events including the Tour de France in the coming month.
While Scully has been in excellent form, he is not expected to be one of 28 riders from the squad selected to take nine spots in the prestigious race. with his July likely to be spent racing in other parts of Europe, depending on what the Cannondale-Drapac team management decides.
"The team selects the Tour de France team over the next 10 days, once that is confirmed they can plan who is going where and when for the rest," he said.
"Although I'm in good condition, I won't be required for the three week race as I'm not that kind of rider just yet, we also have stage races in Austria and Poland in July maybe, but not for a while as all the Europeans race in their home country nationals this weekend."
"I think It will be nice to have the feet up somewhere and watch."