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Young Kiwi Signs with French Team
Oct 8th, 12. Roadcycling met up with Kiwi Sean Hambrook, in light of his recent European Team signing, to discuss his future.
Roadcycling: "Tell us about the exciting opportunity that has come your way."
Sean: “I have been fortunate enough to sign with Sojasun Espoir, this team is based in
“So next year I will be based around theBretagne (
with a racing calendar all over
Roadcycling: "How has your 2012 season been going since we last spoke?
Sean: “I have had an amazing season with my team VCC Morteau-Montbenoit.
I was always a little nervous heading over to
"It wasn't easy having to leave the comfort of home to a foreign country. There was definitely some hard times, but I am very lucky to have some great support from the cycling community in Nelson,
and of course my family. In the end I'm really pleased I did it”
Roadcycling: "What about your racing through the year, how has that panned out?"
Sean: “I had the chance to race a lot of the biggest UCI Junior races, including:
Tour de Pays Vaud 2.1; Ain'ternational Rhône-Alpes Valromey Tour 2.1 and Ronde des Vallées 2.1,"
"The opportunity to race at this level was invaluable as I was able to achieve some good results that
have set me up to race next year at the top U23 level in
Roadcycling: "With such a good season, tell us about your World Championship selection and race."
Sean: “From my season successes, I was very happy to be selected for the World
Championships. This (the world champs) didn't go to plan as my preparation was hampered
by sickness, but I recovered in time to race well and finished in the lead group at 53rd place.
The sprint was a disappointment as I was pushed to the back from some bad luck,"
"I have no regrets though, I raced it as aggressively as I could, but the group was too
motivated for a bunch finish”
Roadcycling: "With the new team for 2013 what are you hoping to achieve?"
Sean: “Next year my hopes are very modest, as the step up to Division National
One from Junior is massive,"
"My team is one of the strongest in
"My goal for next year is to make an impression within my team, so I can make selection for some of the bigger U23 Tours & cobbled classics and integrate to Senior racing as fast as possible”
Roadcycling: "How is the team set up looking for 2013?"
Sean: “The team calendar is very impressive. We are based relatively close to the
these but that is my main goal,"
"Sojasun Espoir itself is a dream team for me, it is a direct development team for the professional team, with the staff working for both teams and based from the same place.
We have access to a full time doctor, seigneur’s, mechanic's and a massues, plus full time management staff."
"A training bike, race bike and Time trial bike caps off an amazingly well set up team."
"The chance to progress to the professional ranks is made a lot easier and I hope to learn as much as
possible from the seasoned pro's like Jerome Coppel."
Roadcycling: "What’s been happening since your return to NZ?"
Sean: “Now that I'm back in
the Benchmark series."
"My plan is to end the season with the Tour of Southland, I will be racing with
It will be my first ToS but it is an exciting prospect and we have the team to chase some stage wins. I'm very lucky to be able to ride with my brother is also.”
“I think we could have 'the power to surprise”
Roadcycling: "Are you planning some time off the bike before your 2013 campaign starts?"
Sean: “After Southland I will hang the bike up for a rest period and enjoy summer."
"Elite nationals is a possibility but comes at a bad time, with a long season to complete.
At this stage I'm expected back in Europe on the January 15th for a training camp in
It’s an exciting time for Sean, and good to see young Kiwi riders mixing it with the best. Roadcycling will be keeping an eye out for this young man, as he makes his mark on the European cycling scene.
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