Haig at home with ORICA-SCOTTMon 4 Sep 2017
ORICA-SCOTT are happy to announce their latest re-signing, 23-year-old Australian Jack Haig.
The Victorian rider joined ORICA-SCOTT in 2016 and has since progressed at a rapid rate, becoming one of the team’s important climbers.
“I am super happy to re-sign with the team,” Haig said. “I am really happy to be here and the environment the team has created to help with my development is a really enjoyable.”
“I am hoping that as I keep developing and progressing I will start to get more responsibility in races and move up a little bit to the second leadership role in some of the smaller tours.”
This year Haig achieved his first professional WorldTour victory at the Tour of Poland after strong and consistent performances throughout the race. At the current Vuelta a Espana, Haig is playing a crucial role as the last man for general classification leader Esteban Chaves, and in the first two weeks has shown his ability to be there in support in the closing moments of tough and mountainous stages.
He believes that he has been able to step up a level thanks to the Australian outfit’s careful approach.
“The team puts no pressure on the younger riders and we get to take our time to grow as naturally as we can,” Haig continued. “Nothing is rushed and that seems to be working really well for me.”
“I want to really keep pushing to get better and this team seems to be the perfect place to do that.”
Sport director Matt White has been impressed with the young Australian’s performances under the guidance of the team and is looking forward to helping Haig progress further over the next two seasons.
“It has been extremely pleasing to see the rapid development of Jack over the last year and a half on our team,” said White. “He arrived as one of the best under-23 climbers in the world and now has turned into a very reliable part of our WorldTour team.”
“It's great to see Jack will be continuing his development with us and we are looking forward to see how far his talent and commitment will take him.”
Date of Birth 6th September 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: Bendigo, Victoria
Turned Pro: 2016
1st 2017 Tour of Poland - Stage 6
2nd 2016 Tour de Slovénie - General Classification
2nd 2016 Tour de Slovénie - Stage 2
3rd 2017 Tour of Slovenia - General Classification
3rd 2017 Tour of Slovenia - Stage 3
2nd 2015 Tour de l’Avenir – Overall (under 23)
1st 2014 Tour Down Under – Young Rider Classification