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The Australian Under 23 National Team continues their 2017 European season with a maiden appearance at Trofeo Edil C in Italy, Saturday April 8.

Oceania Champion Lucas Hamilton (VIC) and Australian Champion Sam Jenner (NSW) are joined by Jai Hindley (WA), Michael Storer (WA), Harry Sweeny (QLD) and Robert Stannard (NSW) for the 1.2U race on the UCI Europe Tour. With the race forming part of an early season block of one day races in April, before the team turns their attention to a series of stage races in May and June.

“The team has settled into Italian life over the past three weeks at our base in Gavirate alongside the A.I.S. European Training centre,” said Cycling Australia’s Under 23 Men’s National Coach, James Victor.

“First race nerves have been taken care of at Trofeo Piva last weekend and tomorrow we head to Collecchio, just near Parma.

“All of the team is in good physical shape, so now it is down to tactical execution to deliver on the growing potential as individuals and a strong unit collectively.”

The 149-kilometre race starts with seven laps of a 12.6 kilometre circuit, starting at the Viale della Libertà before heading through the Carrega Woods. The race is likely to be decided on four laps of a tough 15.2 kilometre finishing circuit, that includes the Segalara climb, that also features at the Coppa Collecchio, where Storer and Hamilton finished in the top 10 last September.

33 teams will line up in the important under 23 race on the UCI calendar including a strong Italian contingent as well as teams from France, South Africa, Switzerland, Austria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Norway.