Haig happy to re-commit with Mitchelton-SCOTT in updated contractThu 16 Aug 2018
A successful season to date has seen Australian climber Jack Haig and Mitchelton-SCOTT reach a new deal for the next two seasons, despite a year remaining on his previous contract.
Haig played a crucial role in the team’s performance at the Giro d’Italia earlier this season, which saw them walk away with five stage wins and 13 days in the Maglia Rosa, and he recently finished third overall at the Tour of Utah.
“The progression that Jack has shown the last couple of years has been really exciting for us and we are really happy we can continue our journey with him and his development with the team,” head sport director Matt White said. “We see him as a really integral part of our team moving forward.”
“In some ways, Jack has been performing on a higher level than we had actually planned, so we wanted to reward him for that with a new contract for next year and an additional year on top of that. It’s a win-win for all of us. It’s a reward for him, but we also have the knowledge that the relationship works and that we both want to commit to a longer future together.”
The relationship, which started as a neo-pro and is now locked in until 2020, will see the continued development of the 24-year-old in the Australian outfit’s Grand Tour ambitions, as well as personal progression as a week-long race team leader.
“Part of Jack’s development in the next couple of years will be him targeting some WorldTour week-long races. This year he had targetted the Tour of Suisse and Utah, and we will build it into our plans that he has the opportunity to target more next year.”
“It’s nice to be able to not have the stress of the contract year. I obviously had one year left, but the team has said they’d like to have me for an extra year on top of my current contract, which is really nice. It’s nice to have the confidence with the team that they are happy to keep developing me, keep giving me chances, and also giving me time to work for those things.
“The goal I’d like to go into the next two seasons with is trying to take more responsibility in the week-long Tours and having a bit more of a leadership role there. But, I also love working for the two Yates brothers and Esteban so I hope to continue in that role, like I did at this year’s Giro d’Italia, and hopefully help one of them to win a Grand Tour in the next couple of years.
“I looking forward to getting more experience, learning and learning off the three leaders we have at the moment.
“It has been good with the opportunities I had this year. In Suisse, it was after the Giro so I was a little fatigue, but it was good get used to the pressure you put on yourself when you become a leader in a team and have five other guys working for you, it’s something you need to get used to.”
Date of Birth: 6th September 1993 (24)
Place of birth: Bendigo, Victoria
Turned Pro: 2016
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2016
- 1st 2017 Tour of Poland – Stage 6
- 3rd 2018 Tour of Utah – Overall
- 3rd 2018 Tour of Slovenia - Overall
- 3rd 2018 Tour of Utah – Stage 6