Shane Archbold will get his first start for Deceuninck-QuickStep in the team’s Australian campaign. The 30 year old will team up with Sam Bennett in the southern hemisphere for his first World Tour outing of the new decade.
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The Australian campaign for Deceuninck-QuickStep will be a busy one, with the Santos Tour Down Under from 21st-26th January followed by the brand new Race Torquay on 30th; and then the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 2nd February. The team for the Santos Tour Down Under has not been announced yet, however, the squad have announced their team for both one-day races; with Shane Archbold and Sam Bennett set to get at least two starts in Australia before the southern hemisphere summer is out.
Archbold and Bennett will join João Almeida, Mattia Cattaneo, Iljo Keisse, Michael Mørkøv and Dries Devenyns across the ditch. Almeida and Cattaneo are also new to the Deceuninck-QuickStep format, the former coming from Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec and the latter from Hagens Berman Axeon. The team have a good history in Australia, with Elia Viviani – now racing for Cofidis – taking the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race title in 2019; and finishing second in the same race the year before.
Race Torquay will be a new experience for all-comers, with the UCI 1.1 race debuting in 2020. It looks, in some ways, to be the Australian answer to the GP Cycliste de Montreal or Quebec; with the event taking on a circuit race format over 10 laps of a 13km circuit; with a UCI 1.1 women’s race tackling 8 laps. The loop features two short climbs and is expected to be fast and dynamic throughout.
Shane Archbold’s campaign in Australia will be his first outing since the Gree- Tour of Guangxi.
The Deceuninck-QuickStep team for Race Torquay and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is: