Morgan Smith – belief the boys had in me was awesome

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Stage 1 - Morgan Smith 150Jan 28th, ’15.  In brand new team colours for 2015, Morgan Smith rode to a brilliant third place in the opening prologue time trial of the NZCT Cycle Classic.  Afterwards the Subaru Albion rider took time out to speak to RoadCycling about the ride and the road to here.

Stage 1 - Morgan SmithMorgan Smith took third place in the opening prologue time trial, photo providedJan 28th, ’15.  In brand new team colours for 2015, Morgan Smith rode to a brilliant third place in the opening prologue time trial of the NZCT Cycle Classic.  Afterwards the Subaru Albion rider took time out to speak to RoadCycling about the ride and the road to here.

After his 2014 season with Charter Mason, 2015 has brought a new opportunity with Subaru Albion, and as Morgan told us it’s a chance he’s looking forward to.  “Subaru Albion picked me up and I’m very happy to be here. The opportunities that they offer with their schedule are great and hopefully I can make the most of the ones I get,” Morgan told RoadCycling.  “Also I think I can help the team develop and take the next step. This is my first outing with them and the team culture is great. The belief the boys had in me today was awesome.”

On the first day of his first outing Morgan has certainly made a big impression.  Morgan’s third place finish in the prologue put him just 10 seconds behind stage winner Joseph Cooper and one tenth of a second behind Cooper’s teammate Fraser Gough.  It was a great ride from Morgan, with there being another two seconds of daylight to fourth placed Daniel Barry.  But as he explains to us, his journey to the podium today was pretty straightforward really.  “With today being so short there wasn’t much tactics involved, just tried to go as hard as I could. For me the start and mostly the turn would be where it would be won or lost. I went out hard and coming into the turn I thought I was going ok. I chopped down the gears but still creeped out of it,” he said.  

The prologue was the big goal for Smith in this year’s race and with mission accomplished it’s now a case of . . . . what next?  “I came here after a good result in the prologue so much so that it doesn’t seem that big of a deal now that it happened,” Morgan admitted.  “Today was the key target for me. For the rest of the week we will just wait and see what happens. There are still 5 days and it can get nasty here. Only time will tell!”

Stay tuned for more updates from the New Zealand Cycle Classic.  Check out our race report from today’s stage.

By:  Ed Wright

 

 

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