Australian time trial champion Brown ready for a second season with Mitchelton-SCOTT in 2020Thu 10 Oct 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT are pleased to announce that Australian time trial champion Grace Brown will remain with the Australian outfit in 2020 after enjoying her first professional road season in Europe with the team.
Brown, who is fairly new to the sport, showed her huge potential on the road as she made her debut in a number of WorldTour races with consistent and strong performances.
The 27-year-old will head into 2020 with more experience and understanding, ready to take her own opportunities whilst continuing to also be an important support rider for the team, which includes road world champion Annemiek van Vleuten.
“I’m pretty satisfied with this season. I think I achieved more than I expected at the start of the year and so with some experience now of racing in Europe for a year, I am really happy to continue next year.
“I think I have a really good understanding of the team and with what I have done this year I have a good platform to now set some higher goals for 2020 and try and achieve those.
“I’d like to focus on the Belgian classics more next year and maybe try to have a race or two where I get an opportunity to get a personal result and be a part of those key team goals as a domestique as well.
“We will of course have Annemiek in the world champion's jersey next year, she’s always been our top rider so I think we’ll race the same regardless of her being in the jersey and we all work really well around her. It will be interesting to see next year how it will be with our new climbing strength, I think it will change the dynamic of the team and be really positive.”
Martin Vestby - Sport Director
“Grace has proved that she is strong enough to win races both in the time trial and also on the road after winning a stage at the Tour Down Under. She has already shown this year she is very capable but has had some bad luck this year with some nasty crashes.
“It was her first full season in Europe and of course there were a lot of new races where she has gained a lot of experience and she has stayed over in Europe for the whole season for the first time.
“She has improved a lot and learnt a lot and also seen which races suit her best. I am sure that she will take a big step next year with all the experience she has gained and with a more balanced race schedule and hopefully less bad luck.”
Photo courtesy of Sara Cavallini