Mark O'Brien in top three at Cycling Australia men's National Road Series

Mark O'Brien in 2010.

Mark O'Brien in 2010.

HORSHAM cyclist Mark O’Brien has recorded his second straight top three finish in a Cycling Australia men’s National Road Series event.

O’Brien finished second in general classification at the Tour of Toowoomba in Queensland – 22 seconds behind overall winner Jack Haig.

It came after he placed third at the Battle on the Border in NSW between May 15 and 18.

The Avanti Racing Team trio would have taken the top three spots again in Toowoomba but team-mate Joseph Cooper crashed on the second-last leg.

O’Brien said the team was in superb shape despite Cooper’s crash.

“Initially I was meant to be off at the Tour of Japan, but the team decided we needed to get our National Road Series campaign back on track,” he said.

O’Brien won a stage of the Battle on the Border and said his consecutive top three general classification finishes showed he was in good form.

“There are world-class riders there, and it was great to show I was climbing with those guys,” he said.

O’Brien will ride next in the Tour de Singkarak in Indonesia early next month followed by the Tour of Korea.

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