Australian rider Kelland O’Brien and New Zealander Campbell Stewart have both signed new deals with Team Jayco AlUla ahead of the 2024 season. The powerful duo are set to focus on the track for the upcoming 2024 Olympics before switching their priorities back to the road after the games.
O’Brien has shown his great potential in the spring classics in his first two years with the team, claiming impressive top-10 placings in some of the hardest classic races amongst star riders, and the Australian outfit believe that here is a lot more to come from the man from Melbourne.
Stewart has proven to be a selfless teammate since joining the squad in 2022, with the Kiwi playing a vital role in his debut Grand Tour this year, as he helped Michael Matthews to a special victory at the Giro d’Italia. The 25-year-old has also demonstrated his track speed can be transferred over to the road, with an impressive debut professional sprint victory at the recent CRO Race.
With the power and strength of the two riders from Oceania, GreenEDGE Cycling is thrilled to have the duo onboard to develop further with the team over the next two seasons.
Brent Copeland – Team Jayco AlUla General Manager:
“Kell has been developing very well over the past two years and it is very promising seeing what he can do in the spring classics, he has been up there with the best riders. Next year he will have the Olympics that he’s concentrating on, but after that he’s going to be fully dedicated to the road once again and we are confident he will make great progress.
Campbell is part of our sprint group, he has that experience from the track, like Kell, he knows how to move around in the bunch, and we can use him in a good way in that area of the team next year whether it is with Blake, with Dylan’s group or now with Caleb, he fits in very well. At the same time, we want to give him his own opportunity to go for some punchy races where the others aren’t racing, he has shown what he can do with his great win in Croatia recently. Both these riders add a lot of value to the team roster, so it was important for us to see them continue to grow with us over the coming years.”
“My first two years in the WorldTour peloton have been amazing, obviously I’ve looked up to the older guys on this team for years so it’s a dream come true to be racing for the team now. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone on the team, the races over in Europe and generally how the team operates. I have learned a lot so I’m very excited to carry that on for another two years with GreenEDGE Cycling.”
“I’ve had an amazing two years so far with the team, and it’s been awesome to be a part of the success and I have learnt a lot racing all types of events from one-day classics to a Grand Tour. I’m super excited to be staying for another two years and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.”
Date of birth: 22nd May 1998 (25)
1st Australian Criterium Championships (2023)
3rd Australian Time Trial Championships (2023)
9th Ruund um Koln (2023)
7th Dwars door Vlaanderen (2022)
4th Tour of Estonia – Prologue (2022)
Date of birth: 12th May 1998 (25)
Nationality: New Zealand
1st CRO Race – Stage 6 (2023)
4th CRO Race – Stage 1 (2023)
10th Giro d’Italia – Stage 21 (2023)
6th Schwalbe Classic (2023)
7th Tour of Oman – Stage 2 (2022)
5th Tour of Turkey – Stage 6 (2022)