With his third placing in the Ronde de l'Oise last Sunday, Australian David Tanner confirmed he's one of the best amateurs in France this season. "I like this kind of races because you've to be aggressive and very focused. Then if you have a good result, professional teams have an eye on you. My motivation his very high. It's the first year I'm totally OK in my head."
Tanner, born in Melbourne, started to race in France for 2003. He has competed for teams UC Châteauroux, UV Troyes, VC Roubaix, Super Sport 35 and, now, VC La Pomme Marseille. "Each year, I did a professional job, I improved, I have had good results, but I wasn't able to manage bad periods with doubt and injuries. I had lots of health problems... this year, I feel really good in the team, I'm more in confident", Tanner commented.
He leaves now close to Marseille, sharing a flat with Ignas Konovalovas, 2006 Ronde de l'Isard winner and Lithuanian champion TT. Tanner said next year he will live in this area even if he becomes a professional rider. This year he has finished 2nd Roue Tourangelle and 4th des Boucles de l'Artois (both 1.2) and won the GP Guilloteau, amongst other results.