Damien Howson to continue his development with Mitchelton-SCOTTTue 6 Nov 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT is pleased to announce that Australian climber Damien Howson will continue with the outfit for the next two seasons, having been with the team since turning professional.
The 2017 Herald Sun Tour winner has been a key contributor in supporting the team’s general classification leaders in their Grand Tour success, including Mitchelton-SCOTT’s most recent triumph at the Vuelta a Espana.
As a valuable member of the Australian outfit, Howson is continuously developing and growing as a rider, becoming more experienced in his role in the tough three-week races, which head sport director Matt White is pleased to see, as the squad solidify themselves as Grand Tour contenders.
Matt White - Head Sport Director
"Damien has been with the team since he turned professional. So we are really pleased to announce that he will be continuing his career with us. The relationship and development is really moving in the right direction. The key for him is to continue to get experience in riding at the highest level including Grand Tours, learning from them and targeting the next goals we have for them. We are a team that is evolving and to have him with us on this journey is exciting for both parties.
"He didn't get to finish the Tour de France this year because of an injury so his appearance at the Vuelta was another good opportunity for him to do a three-week race and get more comfortable with his role. Being part of a winning Grand Tour team is something very special and I am sure he learnt a lot from the experience. Now onto our next challenges in 2019 and beyond.”
"I am very happy, I have been with the team now for five years and I think we have a good relationship together and I am learning a lot from what I am capable of doing and also what the team expects in the direction the team has been heading.
"I am really happy of being a part of the development of the team and I hope to improve on that in the years to come. I've built a lot of friendships within the team with the staff and riders and I feel that the relationship between every rider is ultimately the importance of having a great team.
"We are all aiming to achieve our best and grow so over the next two years I am hoping to be a part of the many more successes I am expecting the team to have."
Date of Birth: 13th August 1992 (26)
Place of Birth: Adelaide
Turned Pro: 2014
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2014 (August 2013 as a stagiaire)
2018 1st Hammer Stavanger - General Classification (team)
2018 1st Hammer Stavanger - Stage 2 (team)
2018 1st Hammer Stavanger - Stage 1 (team)
2017 1st Herald Sun Tour - General Classification
2017 1st Herald Sun Tour - Stage 1
2018 3rd Herald Sun Tour - General Classification
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