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The Australian contingent of the team

David McKenzie

DOB: 6/8/74
Nationality: Australian

Australian David McKenzie will head up the new team and tops off a roller coaster year with this announcement.
McKenzie, Australian Road Champion in '98, has dominated the local scene upon his return this year, winning The Grafton to Inverell, The Melbourne to Warrnambool, and the Tatts Cup series. McKenzie, Australian Cyclist of the year in 2000, has won eight stages of the Herald Sun Tour. But it was his brilliant solo performance last year to win the 7th stage of the Giro D'Italia that has made him a well known name in Europe.


Jamie Drew

DOB: 8/12/73
Nationality: Australian

One of the most respected riders in the peloton. Winner of Grafton to Inverell and Melbourne to Warrnambool in 1999. In 2000 he was Australian Road Champion and won the prestigious Sea Otter Classic in his first race with Mercury in America. He also won the Miaout series in France that year.

"It is high time we had an Australian team and we are all expecting to go well in Europe and Australia. Input from the members and especially the interaction with the supporters is something that will add a new and exciting dimension."

Brett Lancaster

DOB: 15/11/79
Nationality: Australia

From Shepparton Victoria, Brett was a multiple Australian Junior Champion on track and road and is one of the most exciting young cyclists in Australia. Winning Commonwealth Games Gold in '98 at KL, 5 th in the Sydney Olympics, plus Junior World Champion, all in the demanding Teams Pursuit have proven his ability on the track. But his recent stage win at Hamilton in the Herald Sun Tour now shows he is ready to make the transition to the Road.



Allan Iacuone

DOB 22/10/73
Nationality: Australian

A former McCartney survivor, Allan is making a comeback after a year out of the sport, where he felt he never really reached his best form. Iacuone, a former Australian Road champion, finished 3rd in the Tour de Langkawi and won the Tour of Tasmania in1999.
"To be a part of this was just too good an opportunity to miss. I just feel that this concept will be immensely popular with cycling fans."

Trent Wilson

DOB: 18/11/78
Nationality: Australian

Trent is from Sydney and has performed well in Europe this year with 6 top 10's in Italy including three times on the podium. He was 4th in stage four at Downunder, finishing 3rd in the sprint king competition and 4th in KOM. He also finished the season well with 9th in the Herald Sun Tour following his 8th in 2000.

"I really think there is a big future for this team and I want to be a part of it . I want to build on this year and improve on my main strength - climbing."

Team Patron: Phil Anderson

Phl Anderson gave his highest endorsement to the team at its December 5 launch.

Phil Anderson is Australia's greatest cyclist with more than 100 European wins. "Its time," Phil Anderson said. "We certainly have the talent in Australia to warrant a European based team, I only wish this could have been around in my time. I feel honored to be a patron and look forward to working on this exciting project."


The team face the media at the worldwide launch.


David McKenzie watches as Allan Iacuone faces the media


































David McKenzie talks to the media








The riders show the new colours of at the Melbourne launch

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