The latest in a long line of Australians in the Axeon program, Michael Rice is anxious to follow in their paths to success as well.
He punched his ticket for a roster spot in 2016 by winning a stage at Tour de Beauce in Canada - a race that saw Axeon riders capture two of the six stages as well as the overall.
"I remember really targeting that stage from Day 1," Rice said. "The profile of the finish suited me. It was technical and fast as we veered off onto the finishing stretch - which went across a bridge before the finish line. I led out the sprint from 200 meters out and nobody came around me."
While Rice continues to enjoy racing in the U.S., where he says there is always good hype around the sport and quality fields, in 2018 he is setting his sights on winning a race in Europe.
|96th||Amgen Tour of California|
|81st||Stage 4 (ITT)|
|57th||Tour of the Gila|
|21st||Stage 3 (ITT)|
|73rd||Circuit des Ardennes International|
|31st||Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux|
|43rd||Stage 3a (ITT)|
|64th||Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde|
|64th||Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne|
|40th||Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen|
|90th||Colorado Classic - Stage 1|
|74th||Giro Ciclistico d'Italia|
|62nd||Stage 5b (ITT)|
|69th||Circuit des Ardennes International|
|25th||Joe Martin Stage Race|
|21st||Stage 1 (ITT)|
|40th||Oceania Continental Championships - Road Race|
|20th||Oceania Continental Championships U23 - Road Race|
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