By Paul Verkuylen in Adelaide, Australia
The successful mix of youth and experience that saw the Australian based continental squad Savings & Loans achieve such good results in 2007 has returned again for the 2008 season. Now in its third year, the squad will be looking to the United States of America at races such as, Super week, the Tour de Beauce and Philadelphia to achieve some good results and build on the success from previous year.
"The races that we are targeting as well as the general style of racing here and in the states lend themselves more to sprinters than the more lightweight climbers," explained team manager Steve Cunningham.
Team management hopes that some good results in those races, as well as the numerous Australian races it will contest, will lead to invitations to more events throughout America and Asia in the future.
The team has signed a number of top riders, including former Selle Italia rider and Australian champion Russell van Hout, who is returning to competition after a one year hiatus. Brett Aitken is another top rider who is returning to the team for what may possibly be his last season in the sport.
The former Olympic gold medallist and Tour Down Under sprint champion brings an enormous amount of experience to the team. The outfit has added more sprinters to the squad for 2008, believing that this mix should bring more results.
Savings & Loans for 2008: David Pell, Russell van Hout, Brett Aitken, Craig McCartney, Joel Pearson, Will Dickeson, Brad Edmunds, Chris Luxton, Russell Gill, Tim Roe and Adrian Laidler.