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by Shane Stokes

December 5, 2017

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Howard to race with new Australian Cycling Academy team

by VeloClub

Having recently left the Aqua Blue Sport team a year earlier than the end of his two-year contract, Leigh Howard has now signed with the new Australian Cycling Academy team.

According to SBS, the 28-year-old rider will be part of the Continental-licenced team in 2018, giving him a more flexible programme and thus the opportunity to pursue the track goals he listed as the reason for his departure from Aqua Blue Sport.

“I will do some [road] racing for the year and they were good in the fact that they said I could do as much or little as I wanted,” he said. “There’s a lot of young guys, so my job will be basically mentoring them and guiding those that have aspirations to race on the road because I’ve been there and done that for quite a few years.”

Howard plans to combine road and track in 2018, using the former to build endurance for events such as the team pursuit. He is targeting a place on the Australian team for the 2020 Olympics.

Howard is a past track world champion in the Omnium and Madison, and recently took gold as part of the Australian team pursuit squad at the Oceania track championships.

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