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Dutch team Belkin Pro Cycling will bring a strong Australian contingent when they line up at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. Aussie cyclists Jack Bobridge, Graeme Brown and David Tanner will support Dutchman Robert Gesink in his bid for the Ochre Jersey. Brown will make his 12th appearance when he returns for the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said there would be plenty of support for the Belkin Pro Cycling team from Australian crowds.
“Graeme Brown is one of the most experienced Australian cyclists in the peloton and it is fantastic to see Adelaide boy Jack Bobridge going from strength to strength on the UCI WorldTour circuit,” Mr Turtur said. “Robert Gesink had a solid season and capped it off with a win at the UCI World Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec where he stormed home to beat the likes of Rui Costa and Tom-Jelte Slagter.
Jack Bobridge proved to be a strong contender in the hills at the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, finishing second in the Škoda King of the Mountain classification. Gesink and the Australian contingent will be joined by Dutch cyclists Stef Clement, Rick Flens and Bram Tankink.
The Belkin Pro Cycling team competing at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by manager Erik Dekker and includes riders Robert Gesink (Netherlands), Jack Bobridge (Australia), Stef Clement (Netherlands), Graeme Brown (Australia), Rick Flens (Netherlands), David Tanner (Australia) and Bram Tankink (Netherlands).