|Davison double in Gippsland: 2012 Tour of Gippsland.|
|Written by The Licorice Gallery|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2012|
TEAM Budget Forklifts rider Luke Davison has resurrected his cycling career with a winning double on the first day of the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland. The 22-year-old powered to victory in both the opening San Remo criterium and the
The incident, in which he landed on his face, resulted in him being bedridden for three weeks with a fractured eye socket. "Having those three weeks off, I questioned what I was doing and where I wanted to be in two or three years," he said. "I've come back mentally refreshed."The Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland is his first competitive hit-out sincegetting back on the bike on July 1. It's a shorter break compared to the one he had at the end of 2009 following a stint at the AIS.
Prior to joining the institute, he collected three titles at the 2008 World Junior Track Championships in South Africa in the madison, omnium and team pursuit - doing so while he was a year 12 student. The next step in his promising career was the AIS but he admitted he didn’t have the necessary mental and physical attributes, leading to the hiatus.
He showed exceptional form today, grabbing tour leader honours ahead of Genesys Wealth Advisers’ Anthony Giacoppo, who is a five seconds back in second place. In the Credit Collect criterium this morning, Davison edged out Budget Forklifts teammate Ryan Macanally. "I went out early and tried to get some sprint points," Davison said.
He didn’t feature in any of the 13 sprints, instead conserving himself for the home stretch on the 15th and final lap of the 4.45km free-flowing circuit, which offered stunning views of Bass Strait. Team Budget Forklifts will be trying to hold onto GC honours in tomorrow’s action, which starts with a Moe criterium before a taxing Morwell to Yinnar road race, which features three hill climbs.
Words: Caribou Publications.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 August 2012 )|
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