Team BikeExchange is proud to announce the signing of Olympic medalist Kelland O’Brien for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The 23-year-old Australian claimed the bronze in the team pursuit event in Tokyo and will now turn his full attention to the road, stepping away from the track and into the WorldTour peloton with the Australian outfit.
The World and Commonwealth champion (Team Pursuit) has already displayed his great potential on the road, having finished second in the Australian road race championships and third in the time trial event earlier this year, and will now join fellow Australians at Team BikeExchange, who have taken the same pathway, transitioning from track racing to road racing over the years.
Brent Copeland, General Manager on O’Brien
“Of course, for us at GreenEDGE Cycling, it is always important to find young talent in Australia and we are confident that with Kelland we have found it. He proved it during the national championships this year and with the bronze medal during the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo he simply confirmed it. Now it is our turn to work with him and help him during his process of adaptation into WorldTour road cycling.
He is young and he will need all the support he can get which we are confident in giving him, as this team has so much experience in this area. He will also be able to learn a lot from our current Australian riders who have made the same transition from track to road. Our Australian legacy is very important for us, and we believe Kelland has everything it takes to bring forward what our Team Owner, Gerry Ryan, has developed in the past decade.”
“It has been an incredible year so far for me. I had good results during national road race championships, the Olympic medal in Tokyo with the Australian national team, and now becoming a pro cyclist on a WorldTour team. I have been looking up to GreenEDGE Cycling in the last few years as an Australian rider, they are the team to be in and I am extremely excited to be joining them. I am glad that this opportunity has been given to me and it’s now my turn to take the most out of it and keep improving as a cyclist.
I will be moving to Europe to Girona, Spain, where many other of my new teammates live and this will help me a lot, to adapt to the new lifestyle and I am confident this will be facilitating my new adventure. Of course, things won’t be easy, as joining a WorldTour Team needs maximum effort and lots of sacrifices, but I am sure Team BikeExchange is the right choice for me.”
Date of birth: 22nd May 1998 (23)
Joins Team BikeExchange: 2022
New Contract: 2022 & 2023
1st 2017 World Championships Team Pursuit – Gold
1st 2018 Commonwealth Games Team Pursuit – Gold
1st 2019 World Championships Team Pursuit – Gold
2nd 2021 Australian Road Race Championships
3rd 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games Team Pursuit- Bronze
3rd 2021 Australian Time Trial Championships