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Clinton Avery leads Kiwi contingent in Canada
Jun 12th, 12. NZ's Clinton Avery will be a key asset for his Champion Systems Pro Cycling team at the UCI 2.2 Tour de Beauce in Quebec, Canada this week.
He is lining up alongside PureBlack Racing and two other Kiwis, Mark Langlands and Justin Kerr.
Avery in is top form after recently winning the BaseCamp International Criterium in the US, his fist pro victory.
He then displayed his good form in a 100km breakaway at the UCI 1.HC Philadelphia Classic where he was unfortunately caught in the final 2km.
The six-day 756km Tour de Beauce begins tomorrow morning (NZ time), includes a summit finish on Stage 3 and a 20km time trial on Stage 4.
The early rolling stages are likely to suit the Rotorua powerhouse.
Champion Systems is fielding a well-rounded team they believe will allow them to be prominent in all aspects of the race.
Tour de Beauce has been a successful tour for Kiwis before. In 2011 Scott Lyttle, racing for PureBlack Racing, won the opening stage, held the yellow jersey for two stages and claimed the overall KOM title.
Fellow Kiwi Brett Tivers also had a great tour last year in his team sponsor's home town. He was aggressive throughout, finished 3rd on the final stage and 7th overall.
Tivers' team Garneau Quebecor is back this year, but with a different Kiwi. While Tivers' season is over as a consequence of the broken collar bone he sustained late in April, Mark Langlands will be flying the Kiwi flag.
The final Kiwi in the line-up is Justin Kerr racing for his team H&R Block (apologies for missing Justin off the list originally).
PureBlack Racing returns
PureBlack Racing returns for the second year in a row. This year they are entering as the New Zealand National Team through their partnership with BikeNZ.
DS John Harris is looking for the team to become a stronger team throughout this tour but does not want them to get too excited.
"I want the boys riding hard and strong during Beauce, we need to get them strong again after the three months Asia, the goal for the tour is to have solid rides, take stage wins and not empty our chambers," he said.
"Conditions are looking good and the weather is beautiful, it is going to be a good tour."
The six-man team includes five riders who raced together during the South East Asian block, joined by Taylor Gunman from the BikeNZ PureBlack Racing under 23 squad.
The team is NZ Road Champion James Williamson, Roman van Uden, Louis Crosby, Michael Torckler, Joseph Cooper and Gunman.
The tour begins tomorrow morning with a 162km stage.
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