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Sam Spokes – a Great Start for Drapac with 5th at the Aussie Nationals

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Sam Spokes
Sam Spokes. Photo©Drapac

He has a great name for a cyclist, Sam Spokes; we first spoke to the young Aussie in 2013 when he was making a name for himself with QuickStep U23 feeder team, Etixx.

Last year also saw some nice results – but not enough to move him up to the Etixx World Tour squad.

But all is not lost, he’s signed with Australian Pro Continental team, Drapac – and in his first race in the Aussie team’s distinctive red jersey he made the winning break in the recent Australian Elite Road race taking a solid fifth behind winner Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling).

Sam wasn’t part of the Drapac team in the Santos Tour Down Under, where his Dutch teammate Wouter Wippert won Stage 6, but we caught up with him recently to hear about his fine ride in the Nationals.

Congratulations, Sam – fifth in the road race, any ‘with the benefit of hindsight’ thoughts about the race?

“I think even in hindsight I raced a pretty sound race.

“As a team we went in with a plan and I think we stuck to it.

“Sometimes the better rider wins.

“But I can be proud of how the team rode as a unit and how I rode personally.”

How does the Aussie National compare to a big Euro race?

“This was my first year in the Elite Nationals and the atmosphere of the race was something I have never experienced previously – even topping the two world championships I’ve compete