Riders have hit the road in scorching heat today for the first stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, which takes in the Barossa towns of Lyndoch, Cockatoo Valley and Williamstown.
With an array of emerging talent vying for this year’s Young Rider Jersey title, it will be a tightly contested race.
Europcar Australia is a major partner of the Santos Tour Down Under and proud to be sponsoring the Young Riders Jersey this year, reflecting our commitment to supporting up-and-coming cyclists and the growth cycling in Australia.
The top up-and-coming riders under 25 will be awarded the Young Rider Jersey at the end of each stage, with the event’s best young rider crowned at the end of all six stages.
Here are race director Mike Turtur’s top three picks for this year’s top young riders.
Maryborough’s Jay McCarthy, 23, has already claimed seven victories in his young career and proven good form in the lead up to this year’s Santos Tour Down Under, recently placing fifth at the Australian National Championships.
South Africa’s Louis Meintjes, 23, has his sights on the 2016 Young Rider Jersey title after last year riding into a top 10 overall at the Vuelta a España. Meintjes has taken a new approach to training for the upcoming season, with more workouts and fewer hours on the bike arming him with the confidence to ride with higher intensity.
Carlos Verona of Spain had a strong year in 2015, notching up two top 10 placings. The 23 year-old is a strong climber with solid time trialling skills and the youngest in the Etixx-Quickstep cycling team.