Michael Potter selected to ride Tour Down Under with UniSA team

Sally Prowd | Wednesday, January 09, 2019

PRSC rider Michael Potter has been selected to take the final place in the UniSA composite squad for the 2019 Tour Down Under.

The selection was made following Potter’s stellar road Nationals campaign, where he narrowly missed out on the gold medal in the U23 men’s road race. Potter placed second behind Nick White, who has also been selected.

Potter also placed 8thin the U23 men’s time trial.

The UniSA team is a composite team selected by Cycling Australia officials to grant opportunities to riders not signed to World Tour teams.

The selection is a huge opportunity for Potter to perform on the big stage and be noticed by some of the world’s best teams.

“I’m super excited to have been included in the team, it’s one of the highlights of my career for sure and I’m looking forward to showing what I have,” Potter said.

PRSC Managing Director, Ben Kersten, said the team believes this will be a stepping stone for the young rider.

“It's a huge opportunity for Michael Potter to ride the TDU against some of the world's best riders," said PRSC director Ben Kersten.

"He's a super talent and only 21 years old; the bigger World Tour teams are sure to take notice of him during the race," he said.

We are also disappointed to confirm that PRSC’s Michael Freiberg has missed selection for the team, despite his stunning gold medal win in the men’s elite road race.

Historically, winners of the prestigious road race are most often granted a place in the team for the TDU if they are not already confirmed to ride TDU for their own team.

In this case, Cycling Australia awarded the final place to Potter as an U23 rider, to support their junior development strategy.

Freiberg has been named as the first reserve for the team should one of the confirmed riders be injured or unavailable before the commencement of the tour.

The Tour Down Under is Australia’s most prestigious stage race and one of only two with World Tour status. It is contested by many of the biggest World Tour teams from Europe and the US.

The 2019 Tour Down Under kicks off in Adelaide on Sunday 13 January and concludes on Sunday 20 January.

 

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