Elvin to continue to challenge herself at Mitchelton-SCOTT in 2020Tue 15 Oct 2019
Australian Gracie Elvin will race for Mitchelton-SCOTT for an eighth consecutive season after penning a new one-year deal to stay with the squad in 2020.
Elvin joined the outfit back in 2013 and has gone on to be one of the most experienced team players in the peloton. The 30-year-old has racked up a number of race victories since joining the team as well as playing a key role in Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa triumph in 2017.
2019 has been a difficult season for the former double national champion, but Elvin is keen to continue to challenge herself as she heads into 2020 in a new-look team for next year.
“I’m really happy, I’ve been with this team since 2013 and I’ve always felt really happy with this team, I‘ve always had great opportunities. I feel like I’ve achieved a lot but also feel like I’ve got a lot more left in me.”
“It’s still such a great environment to be in as a person and as a rider, so I’m happy to stay with the team and continue with some of the girls I’ve been racing with for a long time and see some new faces as well.”
“I’m always trying to look for ways to challenge myself, so I’m going to pick a few challenges for next year, I’m not sure quite what they are yet. I’ve always got a love for the classics, I think that part of me won’t change, so I’m looking forward to going back to Belgium again.”
“I think it’s really important for our team to have that European flavour, that’s been part of our success from the beginning. I think it’s great that we keep adding new blood, different perspectives, different ages, different experience levels and it keeps everyone on their toes a bit.”
“You don’t need to be the same to be successful, it’s important to evolve and keep changing, personally and as a team.”
Martin Vestby (Sports Director):
“Gracie has had quite a challenging year and hasn’t really been herself. We know when Gracie is good she can win races, but also she’s capable of being the best domestique in the world, so we still believe in her and in her potential.”
“We believe that she can get back to that level, she still deserves a place in this team and in the peloton.”
Date of Birth: 21 October 1988 (30)
Turned Pro: 2012
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2013
2019 Season Highlights:
- 3rd Emakumeen Bira – Stage 1
- 4th La Classique Morbihan
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