Alex Hooper – looking forward to the rest of the Tour

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BOE-AAP team photo Ashley Cassin 150Nov 3rd, ’14.  When the Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing team lined up for the start of this year’s Tour of Southland yesterday, they arrived bristling with potential.  But they also arrived with a slightly different outlook on the first day of racing.  We caught up with Alex Hooper to find out more.

BOE-AAP team photo Ashley Cassin 320Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing head into stage 1 in a strong position, and with the king of the mountains jersey on the shoulders of Hayden McCormick (far left), photo Ashley CassinNov 3rd, ’14.  When the Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing team lined up for the start of this year’s Tour of Southland yesterday, they arrived bristling with potential.  But they also arrived with a slightly different outlook on the first day of racing.  We caught up with Alex Hooper to find out more.

A well taken third place and the mountains jersey for Hayden McCormick awaited the Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing team after the first day of the SBS Tour of Southland 2014.  The team were the first to go under 5.10mins with Fraser Hewett, Thomas Hubbard, Darcy Ellerm-Norton, Michael Vink, Hayden McCormick and Alex Hooper all working well together.  Alex told RoadCycling, “We are happy with the result today, the main thing for us was not to lose the tour today and to stay upright in the rain and we managed to do that and not lose much time so we are happy!”

In the end only two teams would go faster than the boys in green and black.  Kia Motors-Ascot Park went 7 seconds quicker, with Avanti Racing winning the stage and taking the first leader’s jersey; 11 seconds up on Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing.

The team have come from varying backgrounds this season, having raced all over the world in Europe, Oceania and America; but they gelled well for the team time trial; putting them in a good position going into the rest of the race.  “The team have all done TTTs before and we were able to get everything dialed in the past few days so we were more than confident with the team. We are looking forward to the rest of the tour,” Alex said.

Catch up on the results from the prologue team time trial, or feedback from Avanti Racing’s Taylor Gunman.

By:  Ed Wright

 

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