Brit Olympians to roll through Central Qld

BRITAIN'S Athens Olympic silver medal men's team pursuit team has joined the field for the 2005 Jayco Tour of Queensland which will roll through Central Queensland for the first time this year.

The Olympians approached organisers to join this year's field and will face some tough opposition which includes defending champion, Sweden's Jonas Ljungblad, when the $70,000 10-stage tour starts in Maryborough on October 27.

"The course looks great and the money is good,'' Ljunglad said.

Ljungblad, who also won the 2004 Herald Sun Tour in Victoria, joins 60 riders from 12 countries.

A Rockhampton team will also join this year's tour.

Glen Chadwick and Cameron Jennings are returning from Belgium to join Grant Irwin, who won a stage in this month's Tour of the Murray in Victoria.

Tour managing director John Craven said he was grateful to Rockhampton, Livingstone, Mt Morgan and Fitzroy shire councils.

"The three days up here will be brutally tough,'' Craven said.

Racing rolls into Rockhampton on November 1 with the 101.5km Stage 9 from Rockhampton to Mt Morgan.

The field then hits Yeppoon on November 2 for a Stage 10 criterium followed by the Stage 11 68km ride from Yeppoon to Rockhampton's Mt Archer.

This year's tour finishes with a Stage 12 criterium in Rockhampton's CBD.



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