Before today’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad signals the start of the North European season and all that has gone before gets forgotten – particularly, kangaroos, camels and South Americans who can ride away from Grand Tour winners on the climbs … Can we take you back to the land which was first traversed south to north by a man from my home town of Dysart – that’s Australia, and the man was John McDouall Stuart – and a fine ride by a Scottish rider, name of Grant Ferguson?
Grant is better known for his cyclo-cross and MTB activities but he took an excellent 13th place on GC in Australia’s oldest stage race – The Herald Sun Tour which was won in it’s 62nd year by Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEDGE).
Ferguson was just one second behind Serge Pauwels (MTN) in 12th place and seven seconds away from former Italian Champion Franco Pellizotti (Androni) in ninth spot.
The Peebles man stayed on ‘down under’ for some warm weather training but gave us a shout when he got back to his base in tropical … Sheffield.
Shortly after speaking to us Grant headed off again, this time to Cyprus and the opener of the Euro