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Winners in the Tour Series Bernie Sulzberger and Darren Lapthorne will be part of the Drapac team in the Tour Down Under

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Drapac Professional Cycling will make its debut at the Santos Tour Down Under with a seven-man roster featuring up-and-coming stars and some of Australia’s best cyclists.


Darren Lapthorne was memorable winner in the Tour Series during his stay in Australia.

In an event first, a wild card invitation was extended to Drapac Professional Cycling as an Australian Pro Continental team, the second tier of professional road cycling competition.

Drapac Professional Cycling’s roster includes former Australian road race champion Travis Meyer who has transferred from Orica-GreenEDGE, Australia’s only UCI Pro Tour team. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said the team would bring an experienced roster of Australian cyclists to Adelaide.

“Drapac Professional Cycling’s roster announced today will see another seven Australians added to the world-class line up of professional cyclists competing here in January,” Mr Turtur said.

“Four of the seven-man team have transferred from UCI Pro Tour teams for the 2014 season including Jonathan Cantwell from Saxo-Tinkoff and William Clarke from Argo-Shimano,” Mr Turtur said.

Directeur Sportif (team manager) Henk Vogels said the team would not be content in just making its UCI WorldTour debut in Adelaide, with an ambitious outlook towards the six-stage event.

“Everyone knows Jonathan Cantwell is quick, but Drapac is taking a very balanced squad to the race,” he said.

“We’ll aim to be the most attacking team at the Santos Tour Down Under and will be looking to take our opportunities where ever we can,” Vogels continued.

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Bernie Sulzberger was one of the top riders when he raced in Britain recently.

“Our guys won’t just be waiting to come off Andre Greipel’s wheel in a sprint finish. Expect Drapac to be mega-active where it counts.”

Drapac Professional Cycling’s debut will see a record three Australian teams competing at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under including Orica-GreenEDGE and UniSA-Australia.

“With another Australian team added to the line-up I expect the support for our home-grown cycling stars will be better than ever and I encourage all cycling fans to show their support for Drapac Professional Cycling,” Mr Turtur said.

The Drapac Professional Cycling team competing at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by team manager Hendricus Vogels and includes riders:

Jonathan Cantwell (Australia)
Thomas Palmer (Australia)
Travis Meyer (Australia)
William Clarke (Australia)
Bernard Sulzberger (Australia)
Wesley Sulzberger (Australia)
Darren Lapthorne (Australia)
2014 Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s premier international cycling race. It will be staged in and around Adelaide, South Australia from 19 to 26 January 2014. On Sunday 19 January the world’s cycling elite will contest an exciting 50km circuit race, the People’s Choice Classic, as the curtain raiser for the six-stage Santos Tour Down Under being raced over a total distance of 875km.

Sunday 19 January – People’s Choice Classic – Adelaide (50km)
Monday 20 January – Rest day
Tuesday 21 January – Stage 1 – Nuriootpa to Angaston (135km)
Wednesday 22 January – Stage 2 – Prospect to Stirling (150km)
Thursday 23 January – Stage 3 – Norwood to Campbelltown (145km)
Friday 24 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Unley to Victor Harbor (148.5km)
Saturday 25 January – Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)
Sunday 26 January – Stage 6 – Adelaide (95km)


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