Young guns shine in Tasmania

The Oliver’s Racing Team has capped off a successful domestic season with a win in the best young rider classification at the prestigious Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour. 20 year old Sebastian Presley showed his future potential with a breakout performance in his first appearance in green, taking out the white leaders jersey as the best rider in the overall classification under 21 years of age. Presley also finished in 10th place overall.

Fellow young gun Nick White, managed a podium on stage 3 of the race, but was beaten in the overall classification by National Road Series leader Raphael Freienstein (Inform-MAKE), meaning the 27 year old German relegated 21 year old White to second overall in the individual NRS. Despite being runner-up, it has been an outstanding season for the boy from Ballarat, who made his NRS debut for Oliver’s Racing in October 2016, barely 25 months ago.

Not to be outclassed by the youngsters, Oliver’s veteran Rowan Dever was ever present in the action, featuring in a stage long breakaway on the 119km opening road stage from Georgetown to Grindlewald, being the last man caught from the 5 rider breakaway earned him the most aggressive award for the day.

Oliver’s Real Food Racing finished 4th on the NRS team’s classification, after a good performance from Rabble.com Team saw the Queensland outfit leapfrog the GREENTEAM at the final round.

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, supporters, friends and family for an outstanding 2018 NRS season.    

Quotes: 

Nick White: “A little disappointing to not give him [Freienstein] a bit more of a run for his money here. But I guess that’s just racing. He’s been super strong and super consistent all season and he deserves it, and I’ll be back next year to try again.”

Sam Layzell – Team Manager: “I am still amazed at how far we have come as a team in the past 2 years. We come to races like this week and we are disappointed when we “only” get 1 stage podium, and we take away a young rider classification. Despite what anyone says, the NRS is incredibly competitive, and it’s very hard to be consistently up there, yet we have had this young group of lads who just turn up, get stuck in and enjoy their racing. Nick’s performance this year has been nothing short of outstanding. He has the world at his feet, and the only reason he won’t win the NRS classification in the future is because I don’t think he will be racing in the domestic series here for much longer.” 

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