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Vogels to lead Toyota-United in Australia

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Cycling News
Published:
September 24, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:51 BST
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Latest Cycling News, September 24, 2008

West Australia's Henk Vogels will lead his Toyota-United squad at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in...

West Australia's Henk Vogels will lead his Toyota-United squad at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne, Australia next month. The 35 year-old will lead a predominately Australian squad at the event.

"All the guys on the team are super-psyched for this as we are coming home with five of us Australians and a couple of adopted ones (a New Zealander and a Canadian)," said Hilton Clarke. "I know for us it basically feels like we are coming home as a national team.

"It is such an advantage to know a lot of the roads in country Victoria - that local knowledge should be a big help," he added.

Clarke's brother Johnny will also contest the event, as will former Commonwealth Games medallist Ben Day. Canada's Dominique Rollin will also make the trip as well as New Zealand's Heath Blackgrove and Tasmanian Caleb Manion.

"To come home and get my head in the paper for my friends and family to see is always fun," said Clarke. "I can prove to my mates I am not just on a vacation surfing at Santa Monica beach all year."

The Tour will be the squad's final mutli-stage race under the Toyota-United name. The sponsor has withdrawn its support from season's end, leaving the outfit to either find a new title sponsor or disbanding.

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