Who to watch at the 2020 Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool

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Nick White  (BridgeLane)

The defending champion will be highly motivated having been given the green light to race after breaking ribs and puncturing a lung at last week’s Herald Sun Tour. He might still be in a bit of pain, but wearing bib number 1 will no doubt give the Ballarat boy a little extra strength.

Ben Hill (BridgeLane)

The breakaway specialist will be hoping not to cramp like he did so spectacularly at last week’s Herald Sun Tour. Hill regularly finds himself in breakaways and will likely go on the attack tomorrow, potentially to pick up the ACE Radio 200km sprint.

Michael Freiberg (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)

Having missed last year’s Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool after crashing at the Herald Sun Tour, the 2019 Australian Road Champion will be excited to line up and give this race his best shot.

Steele von Hoff (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and former criterium national champion. Steele’s form is unknown as he’s been away from racing for a year and now works full time. But no doubt he will play a key role for the team on race day.

Nathan Elliott (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

The two-time Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool champion has had a quiet summer but you can never rule him out as this long style race is his bread and butter.

Avalon Airport Team

The Avalon Airport composite team is stacked with talent. Canada’s Ben Perry is racing his first Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool, having stayed in Australia a little longer before joining his  Israel Start-Up Nation teammates in Europe.

2019 criterium national champion Brenton Jones returns to the race for the first time since his 11th place in 2016 and will be motivated to start his season for his new British team on a high.

Bendigo’s Sam Crome and Julian Thompson join Melbourne’s David Williams and William Moloney-Morton in the team with each one capable of a top 10 result.

Kate Perry (Melbourne) – Kate has been writing training blogs for the Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool and has been preparing for the race for months. She’s hoping to finish the race for the first time after a few attempts.

Matilda Raynolds (St Kilda) Matilda has had some impressive results in the summer of cycling including running a podium at the Women’s Tour Down Under. It will be interesting to see how Matilda lasts the distance.

Anne Taylor (Port Fairy CC) is racing the Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool and is currently being coached by Donna Rae-Szalinski (Cycling Australia National Team Coach) so is taking this race very seriously!

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