Shane Archbold (BikeNZ) finished second at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships in the omnium
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Two of New Zealand’s talented track cyclists, Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate will join the An Post – Sean Kelly road team in 2013. The former world cup omnium winner Archbold spent part of the 2012 season racing with Marco Polo Cycling Donckers Koffie while Gate was in the bronze medal winning team pursuit squad at the London Olympic Games.
The move to the Belgium-based team will allow Archbold and Gate to represent New Zealand at the 2013 UCI Track World Championships in Belarus during February and to debut with the An Post – Sean Kelly team in April.
“It’s a great opportunity for Shane and Aaron to join a team with such a strong programme,” said BikeNZ High Performance Director Mark Elliot.
“I think it also demonstrates that riding successfully on the track and having opportunities on the road are not mutually exclusive.”
Before making the move to Belgium, Archbold is motivated to become the next world champion in the omnium and has also stated his desire to join Gate in the team pursuit. He knows it’s no easy task to make the final selection but with a number of riders stepping away from track, it presents an ideal time to give it a go.
“I want to go back to riding the team pursuit,” Archbold told Cyclingnews. “I’d like to think I have a
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