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"I'm really excited and motivated about the new team and looking forward to working for the leaders there" 

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14.12.2014 @ 19:39 Posted by Joseph Doherty

David Tanner has described his move from Belkin to IAM as “exciting” and “motivating” for the man from Australia.


"I'm really excited and motivated about the new team and looking forward to working for the leaders there," Tanner told Cyclingnews. "Hopefully I'll get my own chance every now and then to try for myself which is always good as well. I'm back to working with my old coach Ben Day and we are making a few changes to how I do things which seem to be working well, so I'm looking forward to next year."


"To be honest this hasn't been the best of years, but it's been a year of learning and gaining experience, so I least gained that from 2014," Tanner said of how he judged his season. "I worked fairly hard over the winter and was in good condition for January as that was the plan, but the nationals didn't go very well and I crashed heavy in stage 1 of Tour Down Under (TDU) and broke my collarbone. I never seemed to get it back to a good level for the rest of the year."


Tanner said that while he was disappointed with his season, he was pleased he managed to finish the Giro d’Italia and that it gives him hope for 2015 with his new team.


"There wasn't really a highlight to be frank," he said. "I was proud to finish the Giro. I wasn't really in good shape going in to it and suffered most of the race far more than usual. I was forced to change saddles after the third stage and I don't respond well to stuff like that. There were plenty of moments after a few crashes, and as I was not feeling good on the bike, I wanted to go home."


"But I was determined to stay and do what I could for our leader Wilco Kelderman and not have a DNF beside my name. So I guess that was my highlight, even though not a very good one."


Once again, he will target a strong performance in the Australian road race before giving it his all once more at the Tour Down Under, where he will hope to find success to make up for his crash this year.


"The nationals and TDU are back on the calendar, so I'll head back to Australia just before Christmas which will be nice to see the family and friends and have another go at the races back there in January," the 30-year-old said. "Being an Aussie we don't get many opportunity's to race at home so I'm looking forward to it."




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