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Synergy Baku's Brammeier assertive for Tour de Langkawi

03 January 2014 [11:10] - TODAY.AZ
Matt Brammeier, the member of Azerbaijan's first professional cycling team Synergy Baku, has said that he wants to be in strong form in the Tour de Langkawi in order to begin the year on a good note.

The Irish road race champion expects his first race of the season will be the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia.

"I will start in Langkawi," he told VeloNation. "I did it a few years back when I was under 23. It is a different race now, a couple of days longer. There are a few more WorldTour teams now. It should be a good first race. Obviously nice weather, nice roads and stuff. I want to try hit it in good shape and get something out of it. I don't want to just use it for form."

Brammeier met his new team-mates at the training camp held earlier this month in Calpe. Since then he has racked up more training in Girona and in Belgium, returning to the latter for the Christmas period. "I am just getting ready to build back up and get stuck into another block of training in the next few days," he said.

"I go to Girona next week again, and I think I will be there until the first races start. That said, I think we have another camp again sometime in January, with the guys who aren't racing in Australia. It will be in either Majorca or Girona. I am crossing my fingers it's Girona.

"The aim anyway is to head to Malaysia in good shape. Normally it takes me a couple of races to really fire, but I want to try my best to be competitive as soon as I start.

The Irish road race champion expects his first race of the season will be the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia.

"I will start in Langkawi," he told VeloNation. "I did it a few years back when I was under 23. It is a different race now, a couple of days longer. There are a few more WorldTour teams now. It should be a good first race. Obviously nice weather, nice roads and stuff. I want to try hit it in good shape and get something out of it. I don't want to just use it for form."

Brammeier met his new team-mates at the training camp held earlier this month in Calpe. Since then he has racked up more training in Girona and in Belgium, returning to the latter for the Christmas period. "I am just getting ready to build back up and get stuck into another block of training in the next few days," he said.

"I go to Girona next week again, and I think I will be there until the first races start. That said, I think we have another camp again sometime in January, with the guys who aren't racing in Australia. It will be in either Majorca or Girona. I am crossing my fingers it's Girona.

"The aim anyway is to head to Malaysia in good shape. Normally it takes me a couple of races to really fire, but I want to try my best to be competitive as soon as I start.


/AzerNews/

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