Steele Von Hoff looking for wildcard slot into Tour Down Under

One Pro Cycling's Steele Von Hoff is hoping for a strong performance at the Australian National Championships to gain a place on UniSA's Tour Down Under team

Steele Von Hoff has been showing off his new One Pro Cycling kit in some of the Bay Criteriums this week, but it’s with another team that he’s hoping to ride the Tour Down Under this month.

With One not being offered a wildcard for the South Australia race, which starts on January 19, Von Hoff’s chance of riding his home race is with composite national team UniSA-Australia.

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The 28-year-old has form with the invitational team, having won a stage of the Tour Down Under last year and finishing seventh in the points classification.

But Von Hoff knows he must impress in the National Championships road race in Buninyong this weekend if he is to secure a place in his home tour.

“I’m hopeful of getting a start at the TDU but it just depends on my nationals form and how I go in the road race,” he told Fox Sports Australia.

“Of course if you get on the podium that is pretty much guaranteeing it so that’s the goal, then our team is racing the Cadel Evans [Great Ocean Road] race and Herald Sun Tour so it’s racing as usual.”

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Having won stage four last year, Von Hoff then claimed two podium finishes at the Sun Tour, before returning to Europe with NFTO and winning the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic and a round of the Tour Series.

But as time went on with the British team, his opportunities to race diminished, leading the former Garmin-Sharp rider to sign for new UCI Pro Continental team One.

“I had the best start to a year that I’ve ever had but throughout the year my race schedule kept changing and diminishing and I didn’t end up racing outside the UK for the season,” he said.

“We’ve done a lot of teamwork (at One) and bonding so the atmosphere is set for a really good year.”