2009 Tour Down Under - UniSA-Australia Team
2003 Tour de France Green Jersey champion Baden Cooke will lead the University
of South Australia team at next month’s Tour Down Under. Jack Bobridge
Makes Tour Debut. Scott Davis joins squad of Wily Veterans and Young Guns.
Champion sprinter to lead UniSA-Australia Down Under
2003 Tour de France sprint champion Baden Cooke will lead the University of
South Australia - team at next month’s Tour Down Under.
Mike Turtur, Tour Down Under Race Director, has announced the UniSA-Australia
team roster, which includes Australian cycling champions Baden Cooke, Aaron
Kemps and Scott Davis.
“It will be great to have Baden back on the race, as he always performs
well,”said Turtur. “Baden is yet another successful Tour de France rider to be
racing in Adelaide in 2009.” Baden has recently signed with the Rock Racing team
for the 2009 season.
South Australia’s Jack Bobridge will make his Tour
Down Under debut in January.
Bobridge was the 2007 Australian Junior Male Road Cyclist of the Year and in
2008 represented Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games and the World Track
Championships. He recently dominated in the pursuit at the Melbourne round of
the UCI Track World Cup and is tipped as one of Australia’s future stars.
“The UniSA-Australia team is a mix of international experience and some of
the youngest and brightest cycling talent in this country,” said Turtur.
CEO of Cycling Australia, Graham Fredericks, said, “The Tour Down Under
provides an unique opportunity for some of our talented young Australian riders
to team with established champions in a ProTour race with the world’s best road
The University of South Australia has been a sponsor
of the Tour Down Under since 2001.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said one of the most rewarding aspects
of the Tour Down Under sponsorship was supporting talented Australian riders to
take part in an event of international status.
“As a university we are in the business of providing educational
opportunities that develop excellence,” said Høj. “Our support of the Tour Down
Under extends that notion to sports and also encourages the wider community to
engage with what is an inspiring and health promoting event. I wish all the
young athletes in Team UniSA-Australia the very best of luck at the Tour.”
Baden Cooke (VIC)
Scott Davis (QLD)
Travis Meyer (WA)
Jack Bobridge (SA)
Simon Clarke (VIC)
* Team Manager Dave Sanders (AUS)
The seventh rider of the UniSA–Australia team will be selected after the 2009
Australian Open Road Championships (7 – 11 January 2009 in Victoria).
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