Matt Zenovich is part 2 of the Kiwi duo racing with St George Continental Cycling at the Tour de Langkawi this year. The 24 year old ended the 2017 season very strongly and is hoping to build on that into a big 2018.
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Like Morgan Smith, Matt Zenovich joined St George Continental Cycling in 2017, and his season concluded with a bang. Zenovich placed second in the young rider classification at the Tour of Taihu Lake and 9th overall, on top of taking a well earned stage victory at the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen. It’s Zenovich’s ambition that this year will continue to build on the season’s end last year.
“This year I’m hoping to have a real good year,” Zenovich told Aaron S. Lee. “I finished off last year really well, so I’m hoping to carry that through to this year and have a really good season.”
Zenovich is hoping to hit the ground running, but not only him but there’s also the strength in the already largely familiar team that he s a part of where, he hopes that a positive familiarity will trigger a series of top results. “The team is pretty much the same as last year with a few newbees but we all seem to get along really well together so that carries over with results as well,” Zenovich said.
This season has already gotten off to a positive start for Zenovich, with the Tour of Indonesia seeing him take 6th place in stage 2 to Mojokerto. In Langkawi the team has thus far been focused on the sprinting abilities of Kaden Groves, who placed 7th in stages 1 and 2.
Zenovich had a more mellow off-season through the New Zealand summer in terms of race mileage, choosing to skip the Elite Road National Championships in Napier to concentrate on building a base for the season ahead. “I skipped nationals altogether, that’s at a really weird time of the year,” Matt said. “Had a break over there [in New Zealand] and trained through the New Year and got ready for Indonesia first and now this.”
We wish Matt, Morgan and the St George Continental Cycling Team all the best through the remainder of the Tour de Langkawi and further into the 2018 season.
Photo: Aaron S. Lee