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Mitch Docker – “Becoming Professional in Europe was always the dream”

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Mitch Docker
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Whilst the Pro Tour marches on at the Dauphine and the Tour de Suisse, the ‘other’ races just keep taking care of business. Take the 2.1 Delta Tour Zeeland in The Netherlands, the overall went to Garmin fast man, Tyler Farrar, but the strong man from Washington State didn’t have it all his own way; stage one saw a break through win for Skil’s 23 year old Aussie, Mitch Docker.

The man from Melbourne took time to talk to VeloVeritas a day or two after his victory.

You were a strong track rider, Mitchell – why not go down that route? 

“I tried the track when I was a bit younger, and was lucky enough to go to the world championships in Mallorca. “

After those championships, I had achieved the level I had aimed too, with track always being just a stepping stone for going to the road.” 

How did the SKIL contract come about? 

“With my old Australian team, Drapac-Porsche I was able to race in Europe for a couple of months of the year.

“During these months I was able to catch the eye of the Skil directors in kermis races in Belgium with some small results.

“After this I went on to ride the Tour de L’Avenir, wit