After the opening stage win for Marco Haller at the 2019 Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits, our special composite team for the Australian series fought hard to maintain the race lead of Haller over the next two days. A fast and furious infamous “hotdog” course in Geelong on stage 2 saw Marco sprint to 3rd, and with another brilliant team performance on stage 3 in Williamstown he brought it home with a 4th place finish and maintained overall GC.
“Coming to Australia to start the 2019 season has been great so far, especially with so much time off racing in 2018- I was eager to get going again- I’m loving the bike more than ever and loving racing more than ever. The team rode fantastically to pull this off over the 3 days, including our two guest riders.” Haller said.
And indeed for our two KATUSHA Sports competition winners- Dylan McKenna and Tom Chapman- what a way to show them what teamwork can achieve, at all levels- as the squad not only saw the success of Haller, they also won the Team Classification.
“Seeing how hungry and fired up our two young riders were had the exact same effect on us- it was inspiring to see. They were crucial to our success, and did far more than they realise, and I hope if nothing else, this inspires them to keep working towards their goals.” - Nathan Haas
As the Bay Crits wrapped up our team said it’s goodbyes with Alex Dowsett and Haller returning to Adelaide, and the three Australians on their way for Nationals, where we will see Haas competing over the weekend.
The form shown at the criterium series is a great way to look forward to the start of the UCI World Tour Season- kicking off in one week with the Santos Tour Down Under.
“Getting some race speed in our legs before the Tour Down Under will give us a great boost of confidence going into the race- and hey, it can’t hurt to race a bit in the aussie heat as well!” - Marco Haller
Alex Dowsett's video blog from day 2, the "hotdog course":
Alex Dowsett's video blog from the finale:
Live facebook race livestream: