Date: Friday, 08 October 2010
Posted by: Cycling Southland

The Subway-Avanti Pro Cycling  team have  named a  strong  line up  to  tackle  the Powernet Tour of Southland early next month. 
 
Team Co-owner Hayden Godfrey  said  a  number  of  the  team  had  put  their  hands  up  with some good recent results and that there were “no weak links” in the line up of six for the tour. 
 
The  team  has  tasted  recent  success  with  Nick  Lovegrove  winning  the  latest  round  of  the National Points Series,  the Round  the Mountain Cycle Classic  in Taranaki and Sam Horgan and Ian Smallman were first and second in the BRT Canterbury Open 100 kilometre champs last weekend.
 
Last  month  Joe  Cooper  won  the  Air  France  Tour  of  New  Caledonia  where  he  was  well supported by Lovegrove who  finished 14th and James Williamson performed well  in Tour of the Murray River in Australia and then won a tough Benchmark Series round in Canterbury.
 
Michael  Vink  has  had  the  winter  racing  in  Europe  and  raced  in  last  week’s  World Championships in Geelong, Australia and Horgan and Williamson have also both had recent northern hemisphere racing.
 
The  team also  competed  in  the highest  cycle  stage  race  in  the world,  the Tour de Qinghai Lake  in China  in  July, where Subway-Avanti’s  newest  signing Smallman,  a  former  national representative rower, proved himself as a valuable hardworking team member.  
 
“Joe has had good recent form and the team will be working for his position on GC (general classification),” Godfrey said.
 
“It is a strong all round team who have all proved themselves over the last few months. James was disappointed to miss out on a position to race at the Under 23’s at the World Champs so will have a point to prove.” 
 
The Subway-Avanti team for Powernet Tour of Southland team is:
Joe  Cooper,  Nick  Lovegrove,  James  Williamson,  Michael  Vink,  Sam  Horgan  and  Ian Smallman.

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