Jon Mould is targeting overall glory as ONE Pro Cycling gear-up for their Pearl Izumi Tour Series debut this afternoon.
The Welsh ace, who is the reigning sprints champion, made no secret of his new team’s ambitions as they made their final preparations for the first round in Ryde.
With four race wins to his name, including a hat-trick last season, the 24-year-old is no stranger to standing on the Tour Series podium.
And he is confident his ONE Pro Cycling team, who were only co-founded last November by England cricketer Matt Prior, have all the ingredients to scrap for the title.
Mould, who raced for NFTO last term, said: ‘We will definitely try to win the overall.
‘That is the main aim for the team.
In the Tour Series it is all about the team and this kind of racing really shows who is the bestJon Mould
‘In the Tour Series it is all about the team and this kind of racing really shows who is the best.
‘To put that together over the 10 rounds and be consistent all the way through is a hard ask.
‘Consistency is the key. You can’t slip up once because it could cost you.’
Mould is set to be joined by Perfs Pedal champion Yanto Barker, Chris Opie, Marcin Bialoblocki and Marc Hester on the start line today.
The outfit have a total of nine individual race wins between them since 2012.
Mould added: ‘You need a mix of everything and everyone working well together.
‘You need a little bit of youthful exuberance, from me hopefully.
‘And then you need the experience of riders like Yanto. He is getting on a bit now!
‘But it is down to the whole package and how to deliver it.
‘And not just once but over the 10 rounds.’
Mould has already tasted success in his new colours – taking stage one of Totnes-Vire on his way to second overal behind Team Raleigh-GAC’s Steve Lampier.
He is excited at the prospect of returning to Tour Series action.
‘If you have never been to a Tour Series before it is an awesome show,’ said Mould.
‘I’ve watched a few and I think I enjoyed it more than racing!
‘When the music is banging and the crowd are banging on the boards, it is awesome.
‘If you have kids and take them along to watch, they will soon fall in love with cycling.’
And Mould has shrugged off the prospect of rain in this afternoon’s time trial at 3pm and the circuit race at 7.30pm.
He said: ‘I’m from Wales anyway, so I’m used to it!’
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