of all cycling in the cards for Cannondale Garmin Nathan Haas

Sydney – Canberra Nathan Haas is a different kind of cat, so to say

If the cyclist biker become Australian mountain is not on the sidewalk beating the pedals. Cannondale for Garmin, it can often on his YouTube channel crooner find on cover songs, including Nick Cave and the Bad sees “hit” The Ship Song “with her sister Ellie Haas.

But now, Japan Cup winner twice (2014 and 2011), which is enclosed at the time in an apartment with his teammate American Andrew Talansky at 6500 feet altitude in Andorra, is preparing for his first Tour de France starts, is another singing the song with the launch of a brand new set of cards Pro Cycling cleverly titled “Attack of the pack.”

created by photographer and director Ben Broomfield Ben Nickolls web agency, both an possess affinity for cycling “, the game brings the experience of a professional bike race on the pocket of your jersey! “According to the official press release with a link to the project Kickstarter campaign, scheduled for distribution in September.

The goal is for a user to use a driver team against their opponents and access the main table revealed a winning breakaway and finally sprinting to the finish

The press release published players with enticing scenarios such as: .. “Do you conspire with your opponents, they save them until the final sprint? Become conspiring against them, an alliance, leaving behind your wake? Or will you just go hell for leather from the starting line, to trust each other to do the dirty work “

” We will do the three major tours this year: at Conception Giro, Tour starts and delivery to the customer at the Vuelta. We wonder what Oleg Tinkov was thinking, “said in the press release that relate to Nickolls affinity for cycling Saxo-Tinkoff owner” Triple Crown ” .

Haas was in the project through mutual friends introduced and now serves a spokesman after lending his expertise to ensure the authenticity of the game.

“Instead of a game cards in the game by the order in which the bridge is played, is random this is a strategic, self-determined multiplayer game, “Haas Velo News said.” You can help, or hinder your opponents.

“It is in the same Pro Cycling dynamic in that during a break, you always work together to stay ahead of the curve, and vice versa if you are in the main draw and cooperation with others, the return of apostate then try to set up an attack on the top of it with movements and different cuts that come in. “

The winners of Herald Sun Tour 2011 and 2012 Tour of Britain Haas is no stranger to successful strategies on the course. The 26-year-old finished fifth in the Tour Down Under in 2014 behind Richie Porte (Team Sky), Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), Cadel Evans and triple winner of the race Simon Gerrans (Orica Green Edge).

Even with a third in the inaugural race Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road (UCI 1.1), fifth at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe Pays de la Loire (2.1) and sixth in the Brabant Arrow Of-The Brabant Arrow (1st HC) this season, Haas also suffered his share of bad luck, too – something he says Velo News the game in spades

“There ‘ there Obstacles in the game. – how to get a flat tire – puts you a few steps back, “said Haas. “It completely simulates PRO cycling, and the best part is that it is in a matter of minutes.

” It’s just a perfect thing to get on a traction coffee and pull up a card game on a warm brew and throw you in a real life race “

As with the real true racer, Haas admits, that like the card game. It is always changing.

“The passion continues to evolve,” said Haas. “Changing the rules of the game constantly, if you try to be a professional. First, you want to get a contract … then you get one. Would you are here in the races … so you want to win . Then, a start on the Grand Tour … then you want to win a stage race.

“The cool thing about cycling is that it find as many races and many levels, and if you stay passionate about it you are a very lucky place in sport. ”

As for his first tour?

“I’m just trying to stay cool at this point,” said Haas. “I’m locked away with Talansky, and we’re just training for distance, good food and try to keep your mind relaxed before the big show -. It’s how I want to do it “

Aaron S. Lee is a bike and triathlon columnist Euro Sport and a guest contribution to Velo News .

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