Michael Potter of ACA Sunshine Coast wins Tour de Tochigi!
The Australian Cycling Academy is powered by Stages Power meters. Rider Michael Potter of the ACA-Ride Sunshine Coast took the biggest win of his career to date, winning the overall at Japan’s Tour de Tochigi.
It is the first UCI tour win for Potter and the ACA-Ride Sunshine Coast team, and comes in the first Asian calendar race for the team. Potter has held the lead since the first day of racing, and has won two out of three stages at the UCI 2.2 event.
“I’m just so happy to take the overall win and be able to repay the efforts of the whole team this week, they just did an amazing job and made my tour so easy and I want to thank them so much for their incredible work,” said Potter.
20 year old Potter finished inside the top twenty on Sunday’s final 148km from Nasu to Mooka, his 22 second lead ahead of the final day proving to be enough of a buffer to hold on to take the overall win.
“This team is very special, it is amazing to be a part of. We couldn’t be here doing what we love without the support of our families and our sponsors- especially the Sunshine Coast Council who we are over here representing.”
Director Ben Kersten said the team was thrilled to take such a big win in their first experience racing in Asia.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our campaign here, this is a huge moment for our team,” said Kersten.
“We came with the aim of making a name for ourselves on the Asian circuit and we’ve certainly done that. This win will help us enormously to gain more race starts in Asia after this great performance by Michael and the team around him.”
“The guys rode incredibly well all tour. They were really on the ropes today with every other team trying to take the lead for themselves, but they rode together and sacrificed everything for their leader and the team.”
“Michael was a very gracious leader throughout, he has the best race head on him and a really big heart, and he has a very bright future in the sport.”
“We’re so privileged to be over here racing and representing the Sunshine Coast at this level and to have the guys step up and take a breakthrough win like this is very impressive.”
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