NetApp ambition is good news for Thwaites

Team NetApp Endura, for whom Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Scott Thwaites is a rider, is targeting a place in the Tour de France this summer as it’s major aim for 2014.

The German team requires a wild card to get into the race that begins in Yorkshire on July 5, but feel they did enough in last year’s Vuelta a Espana to prove they are capable of competing.

Team manager Ralph Denk said: “The Tour de France is the target we have set for ourselves. With our successes at the Vuelta a España, we showed just what potential this team has.

“Year by year we have set ourselves ever higher targets and have always backed this up with results. Consequently, we should now strive to participate in the biggest race of the year.”

Thwaites, 23, is entering his second year with the team and stated in the Yorkshire Post last Saturday that his own aim this year is to force his way into contention for a place in NetApp’s Tour team.

Tour de France organisers hand out wild cards to a number of teams each year.