Fresh from their most successful season to date the Genesys Pro Cycling Team have been busy signing riders to prop up what is already one of the best rider lists in the country.
Headlining the list is leader of the national rankings and Victorian Cyclist of the year Pat Shaw. Pat won more Australian races than anyone in 2010 with wins in the Tour of Toowoomba, The Tour of Gippsland and the Launceston to NewNorfolk Classic among the standouts. Pat will aim to emulate Richie Porte and Will Clarke by gaining a ride in Europe in 2012.
Western Australian quick Anthony Giacoppo will also ride in the distinctive Genesys livery for 2011. The sprinter will help ensure the team is well represented in the criterium and sprint finishes and may well challenge for General Classification in some races.
Victorian Kane Walker is another fastman. Kane had a solid 2010 taking out the Victorian Country Championship as well as several NRS podium places throughout the season. Kane also possesses a strong time trial ability so his strength and speed will be very useful throughout the year.
Jono Lovelock is keen to impress also. Jono has just returned from an injury interrupted year racing in Holland and is keen to get some miles in the legs and some results on the board. Jono rode for the Victorian Institute of Sport for a number of years before riding for Marco Polo last year and is very experienced despite his young age.
Mathew Marshall becomes the team’s first ever international. Yes he’s a Kiwi! The diminutive climber comes from Southland, it’s a place where the wind is as big an enemy as the hills and just to call yourself a bike rider carries some weight. Mathew’s climbing ability will be a welcome addition as will his time trial ability.
Rounding out the new signings is little known Tasmanian Campbell Flakemore. Flakey will take the mantle of youngest on the team and will spend the year learning the trade and doing his best to take the big step from under 19’s to the U23 and Elite ranks. His signing re-enforces the teams strong development focus. It will be interesting to follow his journey and see how he progresses.