By Kirsten Robbins and Greg Johnson
Fly V Australia/Successful Living's Ben Day is eyeing his second victory in as many weeks, after claiming the Redlands Bicycle Race's opening prologue. Day took victory at last weekend's San Dimas stage race after winning the opening prologue, and hopes Redlands will follow a similar path.
"Tomorrow is a difficult stage to control, but my guys did a great job controlling the race in San Dimas last weekend and I think we all have good confidence," Day said.
Day knows his Australia-registered squad will have a tough time claiming the overall win in Redlands, with strong squads like Ouch-Maxxis on hand. Despite the presence of defending National Racing Calendar champion Rory Sutherland's squad, Day believes his teammates will be able to contend for overall honours when the event concludes on Sunday.
"We are going to have to play it by ear and control the race as best we can. Whether we keep the jersey or not, we need to keep the race with in striking distance. The biggest goal is to be in the lead at the end of the week."
The racing resumes with the 155-kilometre stage two circuit race held in Beaumont.