Q & A: Jayco-AIS-World Tour Academy sport director James Victor

Many of Australia’s top road racers are entering the professional ranks via the Jayco-AIS-World Tour Academy team for under 23 riders. From last year’s line up sprinter Caleb Ewan is now riding for Orica-GreenEdge, while world under 23 time trial champion Campbell Flakemore is with BMC. And for next year, Orica-GreenEdge have already signed climbers Rob Power and Jack Haig and track endurance star-cum-road racer Alex Edmondson who will focus on the road after next yea's Olympics. Jayco-AIS-World Tour Academy began its European season last weekend in Italy with Edmondson winning their second race - the Grand Prix Rancilio on Sunday. Rupert Guinness spoke with team head sports director James Victor about the win and the team’s vision.

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Rupert Guinness first wrote on cycling at the 1984 Victorian road titles in Australia from the finish line on a blustery and cold hilltop with a few dozen supporters. But since 1987, he has covered 26 Tours de France, as well as numerous editions of the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana, classics, world track and road titles and other races around the world, plus four Olympic Games (1992, 2000, 2008, 2012). He lived in Belgium and France from 1987 to 1995 writing for Winning Magazine and VeloNews, but now lives in Sydney as a sports writer for The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media) and contributor to Cyclingnews and select publications.

An author of 13 books, most of them on cycling, he can be seen in a Hawaiian shirt enjoying a drop of French rosé between competing in Ironman triathlons.