White appointed role of Director of High Performance & Racing plus Chard, Clarke & Valls join as Sport Directors

GreenEDGE Cycling is pleased to welcome onboard three new sport directors for the 2023 season and a new role for former Head Sport Director Matt White.

Canadian Shawn Clarke and Briton Megan Chard will join the women’s WorldTour team for the coming season, extending the women’s sport directors group out to three, while former professional cyclist Rafael Valls is welcomed into the men’s squad.

After spending the past 11 years at GreenEDGE Cycling in a Head Sport Director position for the men’s team, White moves into a broader role in 2023, bringing his invaluable experience to become the ‘Director of High Performance & Racing’, which will see the Australian overseeing both the men’s and women’s WorldTour teams.

Brent Copeland – General Manager
“We are extremely pleased to make the announcement of Matthew White’s new role within the team for 2023. We feel this is an area which needs more attention to detail and there are few people within professional cycling with the level of experience that ‘Whitey’ has. As an organisation we are continuously looking for improvements all-round and this new role will help us improve in many of the team’s performance areas, so it is definitely a new and exciting approach for us.

We are just as excited to also be welcoming a new sport director to the men’s team and two new sport directors to the women’s team. Having Megan and Shawn joining us in the women’s team brings a huge amount of enthusiasm, motivation as well as extra resources, which is important for us to balance the workload between all staff members involved in the performance area.”

Matthew White – Director of High Performance & Racing
“As an organisation always looking to evolve by improving and refining its practices, my new role as Director of High Performance and Racing will enable me to work across the high-performance spectrum in both the men’s and women’s teams. We have some new SportDirectors and performance staff joining both teams in 2023 and I will be able to assist them to grow and develop their skills in our team’s unique culture. 

The role change presents more opportunities for people to step up and lead at different races, and I am really looking forward to working with the women’s team, to continue their team growth and evolution.”

Shawn Clarke – 2023 Women’s Sport Director
“I am super excited to be joining GreenEDGE next year, it’s something I have been working towards for a long time. With my time at the national team, with all the work I did there with the development and junior teams and then with the elite riders at world championships and Olympics, I think I have a pretty broad skill set that I’m really excited to bring to GreenEDGE. And obviously I can learn a lot from Martin, Meg, Whitey, and Marco Pinotti. 

Team BikeExchange-Jayco is a really good corporate environment, they treat the staff really well and there is a really good camaraderie between the riders. It is a team that’s well known for working hard but having fun together and that is exactly what I was looking for – it’s a dream come true for me. I’ve spent a lot of time now with Martin and Meg, I think we have a really good crew, we work super well together and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”

Megan Chard – 2023 Women’s Sport Director
“I’m very proud and excited to be joining GreenEDGE Cycling, I’ve met most of the staff and riders now and it looks like we have a great group for next year, so I’m really motivated to get started. I’ve been working with various teams in the UK and believe I have a lot to bring to GreenEDGE but I’m also looking forwarding to learning a lot myself, working alongside Martin and Shawn. 

It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m committed to getting the most of it and believe that with the group we have, we can achieve a lot next season and into the future. It’s an exciting moment to be joining such an organisation and it will be a nice step and the first time the team has had a female sport director.”

Rafael Valls – 2023 Men’s Sport Director
“First of all, I want to thank Brent Copeland and Matthew White for giving me this great opportunity to join one of the teams that has been in the WorldTour for many years. Switching almost directly from the bike to the team car is a great challenge for me but I am convinced that I will be able to contribute a lot to the development of this very interesting project. I’m very happy to be part of GreenEDGE and I can’t wait to start the new season.”

Brent Copeland (RSA) – General Manager
Matthew White (AUS) – Director of High Performance & Racing

2023 Women’s Team Sport Directors:
Martin Vestby (NOR) 
Megan Chard (GBR)
Shawn Clarke (CAN)

2023 Men’s Team Sport Directors:
Vittorio Algeri (ITA) 
Mathew Hayman (AUS)
Tristan Hoffman (NED)
Dave McPartland (AUS)
Andrew Smith (RSA)
Rafael Valls (ESP)
Pieter Weening (NED)