Canyon-SRAM ready to kick off season in Australia
Jan 06 2020 08:42 pm CET

Canyon-SRAM ready to kick off season in Australia
Canyon-SRAM ready to kick off season in Australia
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Canyon-SRAM is ready to start its season in Australia. Two of its riders will be at the national championships and then will be joined by four more to ride the Tour Down Under, Towards Zero Race Torquay and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race.

Tiffany Cromwell and Jessica Pratt will be in the fight for the Australian national championships on Sunday, January 12. "It will be great having Jess in the race with me as a teammate," said Cromwell. "The last few years it’s been pretty lonely out there being the sole representative of the team. Having Jess will mean we can play a little bit more with the tactics. We’re still only two, but it means we can share the workload of dealing with the other's tactics. We will have to be smart, but Jess has already shown she’s a strong rider. So I’m looking forward to racing with her and having some fun together to try put pressure on the others and try get one of us on the top step of the podium.

"I’m going into nationals relaxed but motivated. I feel like my form has been building well and I have had good sensations during the team training camp in Malaga and continued that since returning to Australia. Initially with my coach we didn’t set the race as a high priority to have strong form, but as I’m getting closer I feel I’m ahead of where I thought I would be."

Pratt -winner of the 2019 Canyon-SRAM Zwift Academy- will ride with her new colours at the national championships. "I am very excited for my first race in Canyon-SRAM colours," she explained. "It has been a busy few months, but after the Zwift academy finals I've had time to knuckle down on some good hard training over the Christmas period. It has been very warm in Brisbane which has allowed some heat training for a potentially very warm national championships.

"Tiff is full of knowledge and experience, so I am looking forward to learning from not only her, but my other teammates in 2020. This will be my fourth time racing the nationals road race around Mt Buninyong. It’s an unpredictable course, but a course that I enjoy. It has a mixture of everything, so I am excited to see what my legs have on the day."

The duo will be joined by Tanja Erath, Ella Harris, Hannah Ludwig and Alexis Ryan for the Santos Women's Tour Down Under (January 16-19), Towards Zero Race Torquay (January 30) and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (February 1).
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