The Drapac-Cannondale Holistic Development team has enjoyed a very successful racing block in Belgium, France, and Holland during the semester break.
The team took part in UCI 1.1 races Heiste Pijl, Halle Ingooigem, and GP Cerami, in addition to 4 criteriums in Holland and the Houtem-Vilvoorde, Melle, Ninove, Polare and Dentergem Pro Kermesses with Jensen Plowright, Theo Yates, Liam Magennis and Ryan Thomas posting great results for the team.
Jensen Plowright had a standout performance for his first time racing in Europe in his inaugural road season, coming 4th in both the Melle and Dentergem Pro Kermesse’s.
Said Plowright on his 4th at Dentergem, “I was feeling pretty good, after riding the break all day from about a kilometre into the race, however, cramped up in the very last sprint. I can’t wait to come back next year to see how I’ve progressed”.
Theo Yates enjoyed some podium time in Holland, coming second in the Kruningen criterium, and following it up with a 3rd in the Melle Pro Kermesse. “I’m happy to have improved on my 2017 result here”, said Yates on his podium. “Based on our performance in Europe I’m excited to finish out the year on a high with the boys”.
Current National time-trial champion Liam Magennis was found at the pointy end of most of the team’s races, also spending all day in the break at GP Cerami, only to be caught in the dying kilometres of the race. Liam is now in Girona for a training block before beginning his L’Avenir and World Championships campaign.
Drapac Cycling Sports Director Agostino Giramondo was very happy with the team’s performance, saying “Europe 2019 was a success for us both on and off the bike. With this being the last Europe trip, the riders to their credit knuckled down to make the most of it, with the team having its most successful trip in the last 3 years with one win and multiple podiums”.
Drapac Cycling is now back in Australia to begin the 2nd half of the National Road Series, with the Tour of Tweed first up.