“If you were Belgian, you would have already been in the Pro Tour for three years…” That was the harsh verdict the Lotto team laid down on New Zealand’s Clinton Avery, explaining why, despite his five years of European results, and a very successful stagiaire period with Radio Shack, he could not get a pro contract. The new Champion System Pro Cycling Team, which snatched him up for 2012, might have very well saved one of the great talents in the sport.
It was back in April when we last spoke to New Zealander in Flanders, Clinton Avery - our tip to be the 'next Jack Bauer.' A lot has changed since that first conversation, and in the 20th edition of the Tour of Denmark, the big New Zealander lined up with a 'Shack' jersey on his broad shoulders. We thought we best have a word.