Australian sprinter Steele von Hoff will change tact in the wake of his One Pro team’s relegation from Pro Continental to Continental rank this season.
Sophie Smith

Cycling Central
2 Feb 2017 - 1:39 PM  UPDATED 2 Feb 2017 - 1:40 PM

The 29-year-old prefers stage races but has altered his training to prepare for a criterium-heavy British domestic scene that will now be a central focus for the squad.

“I’d prefer to do the stage races over the criteriums because the stage races are where it’s at. Eventually, I do want to try and race the Tour de France, but to get there we have to do the hard yards first. That’s the criteriums in Britain this year for us,” von Hoff said.

One Pro received an invite to the Dubai Tour where von Hoff is currently competing, hopeful of mixing it with marquee fast men Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

“If I can even run a drum with them I’ll consider that a good result at the moment given my build-up hasn’t been as good as normal this season because I haven’t done as many kilometres,” he said.

“I’ve more been focusing on the speed, trying a different approach because, during the British season, I think the longest prem is only 140km.”

One Pro had a shortfall in budget and didn’t apply for a Pro Continental licence renewal when bike sponsor Factor ended its commitment to the team in October.

The shortfall was a setback for the management, who have harboured long-term aspirations to join the WorldTour. It’s been reported the outfit has designs on returning to the Pro Continental tier in 2018.

At the Dubai Tour, the outfit has maximised publicity with a rider in key escapes on the pure sprint stages.

“To try and get back up we need to be seen, so if we can get as many results as possible over in the UK scene hopefully we’ll be able to jump back up to Pro Conti and race the big races again,” von Hoff said.

“I’ll be doing the British prems [Elite Road Series] and then the Tour Series. In terms of what we’ll do over in Europe, it’s decided on whether we get invites. We’ve been invited here in Dubai.

"Hopefully, we can get the ball rolling with some good results and get invited to more international meets.”