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contingent of the team
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.
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."
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.
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 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
Phl Anderson gave his highest
endorsement to the team at its December
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."
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 iteamNova.com
at the Melbourne launch