7th overall Down Under, Gerrans Wins
January 29, 2014  

Supplied by Daryl Impey from DarylImpey
Great start to 2014
We could not have asked for a better start to 2014. What an amazing week for the team and I in Tour Down Under. Most of you know that my team mate Simon Gerrans gave a great performance by winning the race overall and taking a stage and i was happy to finish 7th overall and gain some much needed World Tour points for South Africa and I,plus we won the sprinters jersey and team classification, so in fact a GREAT start.

I went into the race not sure what to expect but I soon found out that the work i had done in the off season was paying off. We were always going to TDU to ride for Gerro and I must say that all the boys put up such a good performance, this was a huge team effort. We led the race on day 1 but soon lost the lead only to regain it on the last day. We sprinted for everything, every chance and every second to give Gerrans the best chance of winning and he did. It takes big guts to put your hand up and sacrifice the whole team but he delivered which is why he is ranked #1 in the world at the moment. 

The hard work has just begun and soon I will participate in the SA National Championships on the 6th and 9th February in Durban. If you can, come support me and all the riders, its sure to be a good show. I can go into the race with great confidence and I'm looking forward to defending my TT title.