The eight man squad sees Russ Downing at the helm with a focus on performing well on the sprint stages.
“The Tour de Yorkshire is particularly challenging both in level of competition and terrain. Throw in expectations of the public wishing us to do well, it will be a tough race. Our overall objective will be to show that we deserve to be in the race, and try to gain a respectable GC position for Steve Lampier, Steve Williams and even Russell Downing.” explained John Herety.
Conor Dunne: After a solid performance in Loir et Cher, Dunne went on to win the 12th edition of the CiCLE Classic Rutland – Melton.
Standing at 6ft7″, Dunne is the tallest member of the entire team (possibly the entire peloton) and will look to use his stature to get into breakaways and help support the team’s sprinter on stage 1 and 2 before providing assistance to the climbers on stage 3.
Chris Lawless: Having shown good form in the lead up to the tour, Lawless will be looking to come in with a solid result on the first two stages. As one of the team’s selected sprinter, Lawless also will play a vital role in working with the team’s other sprinters on the lead up to the finish on both stages.
Russ Downing (Y): Downing comes into the tour on good form after taking a stage win at Loir et Cher earlier this month. “Yorkshire has been a big focus in my winter training so I’m hoping for a solid performance in the first two stages, hoping for a good sprint finish” explained Downing. As his local roads, stage 2 is a main target for Downing as well as local and team rider, Graham Briggs.
Steve Lampier: Short sharp climb specialist, Lampier finished as the highest placed British domestic racer at this years Cadel Evans Road Race. Lampier will be looking to stage 3 as a course that suits him and working along side the teams other climber, Steve Williams in the hopes of contesting for a high GC standing.
Tom Moses (Y): The second of three Yorkshire men making up the team. Moses will have a key role in easing the pressure on the first two days before switching his attention on stage 3 and taking care of the team’s climbers.
“Nice to be on familiar roads on stage 1, last year it was a big advantage knowing exactly what’s coming up and having a home crowd. This year I’m hoping to get in the breaks and then looking after team climbers Stevie and Steve as far as I can into the last stage for there GC hopes”
Graham Briggs (Y): Able to sprint when asked and equally capable on the climbs, Briggs comes in as the perfect all-rounder and will have a key role in working and protecting both the team’s sprinters and climbers. Born, raised and still reciting in Stage 2 finish town, Doncaster, all eyes will on this local boy coming towards the finish.
“It’s a dream come true to be racing on home roads that I ride on everyday with the worlds best teams to compete against.” Briggs added. “It’s all about stage 2 for me, finishing in my home town is going to be amazing and I know the effort the town and the surrounding villages have gone to – it’s going to be very exciting”
Stephen Williams: An out and out climber, The 19 year old began his season on the front foot with a third overall at the New Zealand Cycle-Classic, as well as a very positive performance at the Tour of Taiwan. Along with Lampier, Williams will have the support of his team going into stage 3 and will be looking to end the day with a solid result and a high ranking on GC.
Ali Slater: Slater completes the eight man roster and like Dunne and Moses, Slater will play a key role in easing the pressure on the team and be vital in supporting both the sprinters and climbers.
Expect to see him easing the pressure of the rest of the team in a break before returning to lead out the train of
*Yorkshire riders marked with an (Y)*
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