Article by: James Raison from The Lead
Australian sprinter Steele Von Hoff will briefly sport the UniSA colours at the Tour Down Under in South Australia this week, before kitting up for his British Pro-Continental One Pro Cycling team next week for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race, then again for the Herald Sun Tour a couple of days after that.
Fans of British One Pro Cycling have good reason to be excited with a capable sprinter like Steele on their roster. He is a two-time Australian National Criterium champion (2014, 2015), multiple time top-10 finisher in the National Road Race championships, and winner of Stage 4 at the 2015 Tour Down Under.
The 2016 Tour Down Under presents Steele with some great opportunities to test his sprint legs against a world class field including Metteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), and Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge).
Yet, Steele is already excited about his program for the coming months.
“We’ve got a really good looking program so far and it’s only going to get better as we get the results,” Steele says.
After leaving Australia Steele will race at the Tour of Dubai, Tour of Langkawi, and will be involved in the team “doing the classics”.
The classics campaign includes legendary races of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (February 14), Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (27 February), and Three Days of West Flanders (March 4-6)
That early season program is a great platform for One Pro Cycling’s first year at Pro Continental level. Steele expects that it will “only get better as we get the results”.
Steele’s weapon of choice will be British marquee Factor’s 02 frame.
“It’s fantastic,” says Von Hoff. “It’s riding brilliantly.”
A British team, on a British bike, with a strong early season calendar in Australia and a talented roster? This is certainly a team for British cycling fans to watch closely in 2016.