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by Shane Stokes
November 8, 2017
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Neil van der Ploeg (Avanti IsoWhey) lead a late breakaway but the race was destined to come down to a small bunch sprint.
Having spent four years representing the IsoWhey Sports-SwissWellness/Avanti Racing team, Australian Neil van der Ploeg has decided to embrace change and compete in Europe next season. The 30-year-old Victorian has signed a contract with the British Madison-Genesis team, seeking to progress further there.
“It’s been a great experience, I’ve really enjoyed the racing in Australia,” the Grafton to Inverell winner told Eurosport. “We’ve been lucky enough to race in Europe the past couple of years, and while I was over there this year I thought it would be really good to get over there for a full season while I still can.”
He will re-unite with former teammate Taylor Gunman (NZL), from whom he will be able to take pointers on competing on the UK scene.
“I hear there are a lot of wet crits over there,” he said. “I’m not actually super familiar with all of the riders and exactly where I will fit in, but there are quite a few criteriums in the UK and the Tour Series is quite a big goal for the team as well.”
Click through to read more at Eurosport.