Team Jayco-AIS has made it two from two after winning the second stage team time trial of the International Thüringen Tour in Germany.
Michael Hepburn, 19, Nick Aitken, 21, Patrick Lane, 19, and stage one winner Jay McCarthy, 18, crossed the line in a time of 26:10 to give the team the win with Alex Carver, 19, reaching the finish 54 seconds later having done his work early in the stage.
Team Jayco AIS was two seconds faster than major rival Rabobank at the halfway mark of the 22.1km stage in Streufdorf and dug deep over the final kilometres to increase the margin.
"They were really solid on the last hard climb which came four kilometres from the finish and was 1.5km long at a gradient of around 10%," said Victor.
The team was nine seconds faster than second placed Rabobank with and Germany's Team Brandenburg a further 11 seconds off the Australian team's pace in third place.
The pressure was on the five man squad to repeat the team time trial stage win of last year's team but they lined up with an obvious disadvantage. 2010 World Championship U23 time trial silver medallist, Luke Durbridge, was forced to pull out of the tour before it began after a crash during training and with no time to bring in a replacement Team Jayco AIS started with one less rider than their rivals.
"Michael is the only member from last year's winning line up and Pat Lane had never even raced a time trial bike so we had a solid challenge ahead of us," said Team Director James Victor. "But the guys rode exceptionally well today."
The results keeps 18 year old McCarthy in the race leader's yellow jersey with a seven
second margin over team mate Lane whose efforts have moved him to second overall. Dutch pair Jetse Bol and Wilco Kelderman from Rabobank are sitting third and fourth respectively both nine seconds behind McCarthy.
The Queenslander also remains the leader in the Best Young Rider and Points classifications heading into the third stage of the six day tour.
Tomorrow's 144km stage starts and finishes in Ohrdruf and includes two laps of a 15km finishing circuit.
About Team Jayco-AIS
Jayco Corporation and the Australian Institute of Sport are backing Australia's next generation of cycling talent across track and road for both men and women under the Team Jayco AIS banner. In 2011, on the road with the men, Team Jayco AIS is registered as a UCI Continental Team in the Oceania Region whilst the women's team will compete in the Australian National Road Series in the Jayco AIS strip. In the fixed wheel arena Jayco AIS will blaze a trail on the velodrome in the UCI World Cup Classics and UCI calendar events. Team Jayco AIS continues the tradition of excellence of Cycling Australia's High Performance Program. For more information and news from the team visit teamjaycoais.com