Marco Haller to lead Team Bahrain McLAREN squad at the Ocean races in Victoria

January 29th, 2020 – Team Bahrain McLaren continues with racing in Australia.
After a successful WorldTour debut at Santos Tour Down Under we look forward to seeing our colours going wheel-to-wheel in the pro peloton and meeting our fans in Victoria, Australia at two exciting classics, Towards Zero Race Torquay 30th Jan and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2nd Jan.

Most of the world’s best elite teams continue racing in Australia and have arrived in Victoria and the Australias’ East Coast.
For the first time, the iconic surf town of Torquay will host our UCI 1.1 circuit race. The 10 circuits of 13,3 km (104 km) will give fans a chance to get up close to the world’s fastest bike riders in one of Australia’s most dynamic cycling events and to get closer to Team Bahrain McLaren riders as well.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the first one-day 171,8 km classic race of the 2020 season. There aren’t many other sports on the planet that put you as close to the action for free and Team Bahrain McLaren riders are highly motivated to achieve their best. No matter that Team Bahrain McLaren continues the racing in Australia with 6 riders, due to the injury of Rafa Valls at Santos Tour Down Under, and his return home to Europe, the high motivation is present in the team for achieving a great result at the Pacific Ocean races.

Tristan Hoffman, Sports Director:
“Our leader for the upcoming races will be Marco Haller who has the experience and sprinting power for such races. Santiago Buitrago and Hermann Pernsteiner are always there to support and be ready to take a right move on. With Yukiya Arashiro, Luka Pibernik and Domen Novak work really good bring a lot of experience and horsepower to help. The Torquay race of 133 km should be a fast race of 10 laps of 13,3 km and on these laps are two little climbs so we may expect some attacks there. We will support Marco Haller. This is our first time on this circuit, but we will try to reduce the peloton to the finish line and we wish to put Marco in a good position and our other riders have to go with the moves and get into the reduced bunch sprint.
Cadel Evans is a real World Tour race, a real classic race, a long course classic of 171,8 km. This race should fit Marco better as he was here in the past and has experience here. The lap is a bit bigger and we may have a very reduced peloton there. Marco seems to be in a satisfying condition. Maybe he is not yet in his supershape, but with a big motivation and experience that he has I believe that all of our riders can work good for him and bring him to be very competitive for the last and decisive kilometre and meters to the finish.”

Marco Haller:
“The first race should be a nice race and more suitable for riders from Lotto Soudal and Deckuenick Quickstep who have proven that they are in great form and I’m sure that the victory is reserved for their sprinters. Maybe there will be a chance for some others of us because of the possible crosswind. Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is obviously a World Tour race, so my personal ambitions are very high because I see there a big chance for me. This is the day and the race on which I want to focus more than 100% and I go with high ambitions for the Sunday race for sure.”

Team Bahrain McLaren:
Marco Haller / Yukiya Arashiro / Santiago Buitrago / Domen Novak / Hermann Pernsteiner / Luka Pibernik



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