Champion System Fields Versatile Squad for Paris-Bruxelles
The Champion System Pro Cycling Team will field a well-rounded roster for its first appearance in the 92nd edition of Paris-Bruxelles.
The 216.8-kilometer, single-day race is one of the last big races of the Belgian season. General Manager Ed Beamon expects his riders to play a role in the day’s action by getting into breakaways and being part of what will likely be a sprint finish.
Leading up to Paris-Bruxelles, first-year professional Clinton Avery has shown solid late season form with a third place at Kortemark Pro Kermesse last week and sixth Thursday at Izegem Koers. Beamon said that he expects the New Zealander to be a part of any breakaways, but also believes he can feature in a sprint finish.
“I think Paris-Bruxelles will be a good race for Clinton because he's been showing good form in the last couple of weeks,” Beamon said. “He will certainly be interested in breakaway opportunities but can also be a factor if the race finishes, as it typically does, in a big field sprint.”
Earlier this season Avery said he highlighted Paris-Bruxelles as a race on his schedule and has worked closely with his coach to design a program that will allow him to be in top form for the race.
“My third in Kortemark and sixth today (at Izegem Koerse) tells me the training has worked perfectly,” Avery said. “I just hope everything on Saturday can go to plan and I – or the team – can come away with a result.”
Joining Avery on Champion System’s roster are Will Clarke, Matthias Friedemann, Gorik Gardeyn, Craig Lewis, Mart Ojayee and Kin San Wu. Beamon said he will be looking to these riders to ignite the race.
“This will be Kin San's biggest one day race yet and I expect he, Will and Mart will be aggressively looking to get a breakaway going,” he said.
If the race comes down to a sprint finish in Brussels, Beamon feels it plays to the strengths of German Friedemann and Belgian Gardeyn.
“I expect Matthias to be strong for the finish and of course Gorik will be extra motivated for the finish in Brussels,” he said.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team Paris-Bruxelles Roster (Sept. 8):
Clinton Avery (NZL), Will Clarke (AUS), Matthias Friedemann (GER), Gorik Gardeyn (BEL), Craig Lewis (USA), Mart Ojavee (EST), Kin San Wu (HKG).