Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Premier Bartlett gets on the Richie Porte bandwagon.

Hey Mr Premier how about putting your money where your mouth is and increasing the Tasmanian governments pathetic $5,000 funding of the Launceston Cycling Classic?
You could get on your bike, ride up to the classic and announce a nice 3 year deal which would keep this world class event alive.
Good for you, good for Tasmanian cycling and good for Launcesons CBD. How about it??

Tasmanian Government Media Release

Congratulations to Richie Porte

The Premier, David Bartlett, today congratulated Tasmanian cyclist, Richie Porte, on his outstanding victory in the youth section of the Giro d’Italia.
Mr Porte clinched the coveted white jersey overnight, becoming the first Australian, or indeed non-European, to do so in the award’s 23-year history.
The 25-year-old finished “The Giro” in seventh overall, and also wore the leader’s pink jersey in two stages.
“As a Launceston boy who devoted himself to cycling only four years ago, Richie Porte has done his state and his community proud,” Mr Bartlett said.
“Conquering the grueling 3,500-kilometre Giro d’Italia is reason enough to celebrate. To finish among the world’s elite, and claim the prestigious white jersey, is truly remarkable.
“As a lover of cycling, I can only marvel at Richie’s achievement. I’m sure he has a fantastic future ahead of him” Mr Bartlett said.
The white jersey is awarded to the highest-placed rider in the Giro d’Italia, aged 25 or under.

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