South Australian Jack Bobridge will debut with his new team, Blanco Cycling, at the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, said Jack is a favourite with the local crowds.
“Bobridge is a great young rider who made his World Tour debut at the Santos Tour Down Under back in 2009 and is always popular with the crowds,” said Mike Turtur.
“He’s had a good season with a silver medal in the team pursuit at the London Olympics and also won silver in the team and individual pursuits at the 2012 UCI Track World Championships.
“The Santos Tour Down Under will be Bobridge’s first outing with his new team and without doubt he’ll be aiming for a strong start.”
The Blanco Cycling Team line-up for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under includes Australian sprinters Mark Renshaw and Graeme Brown.
“The team has a good mix of some really experience sprinters alongside some impressive new young riders,” said Mike Turtur.
“Tom-Jelte Slagter and Wilco Kelderman were Dutch U23 National Road Race Champions in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
“Kelderman is an impressive young rider who has had a great season, winning the Young Rider classification in the Tour of California and the Criterum du Dauphine”.
Blanco Cycling Team Sports Director, Erik Dekker said the team is looking forward to the start of the new season.
“The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be a special race for the Blanco Cycling Team, it is going to be a fresh, new start. The first page of a beautiful story will be written,” says Dekker.
“With four Aussies competing on home soil they will be aiming to show a competitive form to their Australian supporters. With the top sprinter in the team, being Mark Renshaw, he is determined to see this team be successful and make an impact. Our two young riders who are great cycling talent, Wilco Kelderman and Tom-Jelte Slagter will aim for a top 10 result in the GC.”
“The team is committed to perform at the highest possible level in Santos Tour Down Under and is 100% focused and motivated.”
The Blanco ProCycling team for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by Team Manager Erik Dekker (NED) and include riders: Jack Bobridge (AUS), Mark Renshaw (AUS), David Tanner (AUS), Graeme Brown (AUS), Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED), Wilco Kelderman (NED), and Maarten Tjallingii (NED).
More rider and team announcements will be issued over the coming weeks. The Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 20-27 January 2013. Visit the Santos Tour Down Under's website for more information.