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2014 Rider Reviews - Men

Thu 16 Oct 2014

Our sport directors have talked us through the season's of each of our male riders for 2014. Released daily across the first part of the off season. Take a look.

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Simon Gerrans

Summary: A great season with several very important wins for the team. Simon sets his targets and very rarely misses. We saw that again this year at the highest level.

Personal highlight: His win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege was truly special.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: Is a real leader without being a boss.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  A winner.

2015: More of the same from 2014 and hoping for more luck in the Tour de France. Simon always delivers, so it will be great to see him unfold his skills.

 

Review completed by Laurenzo Lapage.

 

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Svein Tuft

Summary: Svein had a great season and was again there each time he was needed.

Personal highlight: Wearing the pink leader’s jersey after winning the team time trial in the Giro d’Italia on his birthday.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: The work he does behind the scenes is huge.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  Dream team mate

2015: Svein will be there again when the team needs him. 

 

Review completed by Laurenzo Lapage.

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Cameron Meyer

Summary: It’s a year Cam will be glad to see the back of. But I am sure he is already  working even harder to start off the new year with a bang.

Personal highlight: His stage win in Tour of Switzerland. Cam wasn’t in the best of shape but he made the most of the situation with sheer determination and racing nouse.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: The role he played on the last lap of the national road championship near on guaranteed a win for Simon Gerrans and the team.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Introverted determination.

2015: Looking to target some races he is familiar with, but taking a step up and focusing on the podium.

 

Review completed by Matt White.

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BRETT LANCASTER

Summary: The injury he sustained at the Giro certainly split the year in two with some big highs in the first half and a battle to get back to his best the focus of part two.

Personal highlight: Being part of the team that got the job done at the Giro d’Italia to win the team time trial and hold one of the most prestigious jerseys in cycling for as long as possible.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: His work in the sprints and the experience he brings to the sprint group is invaluable.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Calm country lad

2015: The aim is to see Brett back to his best and taking our young gun sprinters under his wings.

Review completed by Matt White.

 

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DAMIEN HOWSON

Summary: A successful entry into the WorldTour peloton

Personal highlight: Competing at the World Team Time Trial Championships and claiming the silver medal.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: In many of our smaller races this year Damien has slipped into our lead out train very well. It’s a role we will expect to see more from him in the future.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Chapter one still unfinished.

2015: Next year will be another important learning year for Damien. 

Review completed by Neil Stephens.

 

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MICHAEL ALBASINI

Summary: A big season with several important wins early and late in the season as well as other important results for the team.

Personal highlight: His 3rd stage win at the Tour de Romandie. After being in a three-man break all day and marked heavily, he still outclassed them all in a foxy finish!

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: When he is in a period of rebuilding he still is one of our hardest, most loyal workers for anyone else on the team.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Cunning or Race Crafty

2015: More of his 2014 form.

Review completed by Dave McPartland.

 

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SAM BEWLEY

Summary: Had a good start but missed a big part of the season after he crashed out in Paris-Roubaix with a fractured hand as result.

Personal highlight: Rode a strong Vuelta

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: His all around support of Esteban Chaves in the Vuelta was impressive, particularly in the more hillier stages where it was probably a little unexpected.  

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  A real team player.

2015: We want to see Sam all season without injuries and more present.

Review completed by Laurenzo Lapage.

 

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ESTEBAN CHAVES

Summary: A solid year but we are only just starting to see the tip of the iceberg.

Personal highlight: To be able to be back at an elite level and be competitive.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: Just being in the bunch was already victory number one.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: A methodical operator who is just starting to collect the rewards he deserves.

2015: Fly like an (Colombian) Eagle.

Review completed by Neil Stephens.

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LUKE DURBRIDGE

Summary: Luke’s big goal for the season was the Tour de France which was to be his first. He certainly ticked that box with a very solid ride. As far as the rest of the season went, we saw some very good form during the early season classics, Giro and to bookend the year at the team time trial worlds. When Luke’s not winning races you can be sure he is riding 100% for someone who is and this season we saw more than ever!

Personal highlight:  His second place on general classification at the 3 days of de Panne. To see Luke improve as a classics rider was especially satisfying for me. It won’t be long before we see him winning some of these northern early season races.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed:  Luke has been a driving force behind our continued team time trial success. This season alone he was part of our TTT win at the Giro and two second-places at the worlds and Tirreno.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  100% committed.

2015: We look forward to seeing Luke mature as both a classics rider and in the smaller one-week stage races. 

Review completed by Matt Wilson.

 

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DARYL IMPEY

Summary: An interrupted year with great results at the bookends

Personal highlight: Great personal results scattered between being one of the best support riders in the peloton.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: The resilience through hardship to then have great results in the latter part of the year.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Reborn hunger.

2015: A new and improved Daryl Impey. 

Review completed by Neil Stephens.

 

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LEIGH HOWARD

Summary: An up and down year for Leigh this year. Started off well with a second place in stage 2 of Tour of Oman and a day in the jersey but struggled to regain that form for the rest of the season.

Personal highlight:  That sprint he did on stage 2 in Oman was truly impressive coming from behind to almost catch Kristoff who went on to win Milan San Remo some weeks later.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed:  Leigh had a great ride in a support role to help Adam Yates win Tour of Turkey.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  Serious

2015: We will be hoping Leigh will regain his top sprint form next year to see him on the podium much more.

Review completed by Matt Wilson. 

 

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MITCH DOCKER

Summary: Mitch this year continued to develop into a roll as an all-round classics man and a top-notch lead out man for our sprinters.

Personal highlight: His contribution to the team’s winning Giro d’Italia team time trial and subsequent maglia rosa for Svein Tuft in Belfast.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: Nearly every sprint finish he is involved in setting up the team’s sprinters.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Mr Reliable

2015: Now that he has carved out his trade in Belgium and Holland we now look for Mitch to go to another level in the Northern Classics for us.

Review completed by Dave McPartland.

 

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IVAN SANTAROMITA

Summary: A bit of a transition year for Ivan that was a bit rocky.

Personal highlight: Being in the team that was able to win the team time trial in his home Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia, being able to give the race lead to a teammate.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Analytical

2015: Looking forward to being a key player in the harder races next year. 

Review completed by Neil Stephens.

 

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ADAM YATES

Summary: One of the best years by a new professional the scene has seen for a long time. Ten months of racing, some great wins and some real experience that will keep him in good stead for the future.

Personal highlight: The ride to win the stage which gave him the general classification at Tour of Turkey. His patience and coolness were the envy of men years his senior.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: Adam is very ambitious young man, but when he has a job for a teammate he is as reliable as the best of them.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  Hungry young fella.

2015: To keep the focus on development and enjoying it at the same time. It’s been a massive first year he really just needs to keep on doing what he has been doing.

Review completed by Matt White.

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MICHAEL HEPBURN

Summary: Michael showed his supreme time trialling capabilities in races against the clock this year, as well as gaining another seasons experience in a number of big races.

Personal highlight: Winning the Australian time trial championship

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: ‘Heppy’ was a key link in our team time trial world championships this year.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Mr Calculated

2015: We are expecting big things of ‘Heppy’ next year. We look for him to transfer his experience into results for the team, particularly in the flatter classics or undulating stages of Grand Tours.

Review completed by Dave McPartland.

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JENS MOURIS

Summary: A solid season from Jens this year. Always ready with his hand up to do whatever’s needed for the team.

Personal highlight:  His work on a couple of the stages at Tour of California was particularly impressive, riding on the front almost solo in the heat and mountains. Not easy for a big boy.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed:  I would say almost 80% of the work Jens does would go unnoticed on television.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  Laid back.

2015: We will be looking to Jens next year to keep doing what he does best and try to do it even better!

Review completed by Matt Wilson.

 

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CHRISTIAN MEIER

Summary: It was definitely Christian’s best year to date, what was most impressive was the level he maintained in the second part of the year given the heavy load he sustained during the summer.

Personal highlight: Fulfilling a dream of competing in the Tour de France and taking the last minute call up in his stride to give his all.

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed:  Christian’s workload from January to October is rarely noticed from the outside, but is appreciated by all of us internally. He is one of the crucial cogs that keep us winning all year.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Consistent commitment.

2015: The aim would be to start the year where he left off, Christian made some big improvements this year so to keep that ball rolling.

 Review completed by Matt White.

 

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MICHAEL MATTHEWS

Summary: One of our most prolific winners on the team, had a sensational year.

Personal highlight: Stage winner and leader in both Grand Tours that he started - Giro d’Italia and Vuelta Espana.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Driven for success and what that may bring!

2015: Hopefully has taken on board the pain of missing what would have been his first Tour de France to come out next year guns ablazing at the TdF.

Review completed by Dave McPartland.

 

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MAT HAYMAN

Summary: 83 race days for the season and in every one he has been an invaluable member of the team. His consistency and work rate is second to none and he the experience he’s brought to the team over the course of the season has been fantastic.

Personal highlight:  Matt looked on track for a very good result at his pet race, Paris-Roubaix until he punctured with only a couple of sectors of pave to go. 

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed:  Matt’s leadership and experience on and off the bike is great example of professionalism to the young guys in the team.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality:  Pro

2015: We are looking forward to more of the same from Mathew for next season as well as a big result in the cobbled classics.

Review completed by Matt Wilson.

 

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SIMON YATES

Summary: Simon had a great first year as pro, he broke his collarbone half way through but managed strong end season.

Personal highlight:  First year professional and first selection for the Tour de France with some great results

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed:  He was given three chances to make a Tour de France break and he made two of them. Pretty amazing for a neo-pro.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: A fighter.

2015: Building further on a great future and don’t miss a step.

Review completed by Laurenzo Lapage.

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PIETER WEENING

Summary: Pieter’s 13th year as a professional and 3rd year with the ORICA-GreenEDGE team was one of his better with three wins and an important teammate in many others

Personal highlight: His emphatic victory in the Apennini mountains on the 9th stage of the Giro d’Italia

Contribution that may have gone unnoticed: His huge turn in the final kilometres of Liege Bastogne Liege. This really set up Simon Gerrans for the victory.

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: Mr Experience

2015: We expect him to provide leadership and advice to our younger riders, particularly our younger climbers and riders with GC ambitions.

Review completed by David McPartland.

 

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SIMON CLARKE

Summary: Put in huge work for the team and was present where needed right across the season.

Personal highlight: Very consistent season and won Australia's oldest stage race - the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Contribution that may go unnoticed: He always thinks in function of the team. 

One word/phrase to describe the rider’s personality: A survivor.

2015: We hope to see Simon Clarke from 2013 back. 

Review completed by Laurenzo Lapage.

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