FORMER Horsham cyclist Mark O’Brien won his second Suburu National Road Series tour event yesterday, taking out the Tour of Toowoomba in Queensland.
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O’Brien, 24, has now won the opening two tours overall of the 12-race series.

He claimed the Tour of Mersey Valley in Tasmania in April.

“It’s nice to get my third tour win on the trot,” O’Brien said.

The highlights of O’Brien’s Tour of Toowoomba win were his stage two result, where he won a 126-kilometre road race his Budget Forklifts team’s win in the stage three 12-kilometre time trial.

Yesterday’s final stage was a 50-kilometre criterium where O’Brien finished 15th.

Fellow Horsham rider Sam Witmitz also competes for Budget Forklifts.

The National Road Series is a season-long competition for Australia’s best domestic riders.

The men’s section consists of 12 races and 23 teams.

Remaining races are North Western Tour, Tour of Gippsland, Tour of the Grampians, Tour of the Murray, Goulburn to Sydney, Launceston to New Norfolk, Tour of Tasmania, Melbourne to Warrnambool, Shipwreck Coast and Grafton to Inverell.

North Western Tour in New South Wales runs from June 21 to 24, where O’Brien said he expected to again perform well.

“I’m feeling fresh, so I should be very good in the next tour,” he said.

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