Golden days in Melbourne
Having ridden for Belgian squad MrBookmaker.com for the last two seasons, Queenslander Ben Day is one of Australia's quiet achievers in Europe. In 2006 he's back in Portugal with the Boavista team, but this week it's all about Melbourne as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games time trial and road race. Cyclingnews' Mal Sawford spent a few minutes chatting with Day where he confirmed he'll start both the time trial and road race.
While many of the Commonwealth Games riders opted to include a local club criterium in their final preparations for the road and MTB events later in the week, Australian team member Ben Day preferred to watch from the sidelines. The Queenslander is a medal chance in both the time trial and road race, and is just happy to be in town for the big event and lapping up the atmosphere.
Cyclingnews: How long have you been in Melbourne?
Ben Day: Since Tuesday...we were flown back business class, so that was a nice treat!
CN: How does it feel to be back here for this type of event?
BD: Since arriving in Melbourne last Tuesday, the vibe of the Commonwealth Games has slowly been seeping into me and I'm getting excited. Watching the outcomes unfold from the various sports, and with so many medals going Australia's way, it's hard not to.
It's always a joy to be apart of the Australian national team. The reason why Australia is one of the most successful countries in cycling is because of the support behind the scenes. The knowledge, dedication, passion and organisation of everyone behind the scenes is second to none. There are so many people with each and every one of us. I hope this week I can make them proud.
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