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The 2014 National Road Series once again starts in Western Australia with the four stage Tour de Perth. Defending champion Joe Cooper (Avanti) returns to defend his crown but will face a challenge to do so with changes to the course less suited to his time trial skills.
Drapac Pro Cycling may have moved up to the Pro-Continental ranks, but they are committed to racing the NRS and bring a strong squad to the race. African Wildlife Safaris, BudgetForklifts and Satalyst Giant all bring riders to the race capable of claiming the overall and as the season opener, riders will be out to let their rivals know how the spent the Summer.
The race is sure to see aggressive and diverse racing with an opening night criterium, road stages and a short but technical time trial around Rottnest Island and there is potential for an up-and-coming rider to pull off a overall surprise win.
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