Hamilton gets a kick out of new and extended contractMon 14 Oct 2019
23-year-old Lucas Hamilton has reinforced his commitment to Mitchelton-SCOTT, scrapping his existing contract for a new and extended version in a show of faith from both parties.
In a breakout season, Hamilton impressed in his debut Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia, with his support of leader Simon Yates and consistency across the full three weeks even surprising himself. When given the opportunity to lead, the Australian took it with both hands, winning a stage at Czech Tour and the overall title at Coppi e Bartali.
The new and improved agreement, which cements Hamilton as a key rider and leader for the team in the future, will see him stay until the end of 2021.
“I love it here. I appreciate the team taking me on for the extra year, it shows that they have confidence in me and I get a kick out of that.
“This year was probably the biggest leap I have made, in terms of racing, in my career. I did all ranges of racing, I did lower ones which I was able to target myself and was able to pull off a couple of wins and then the Giro obviously, getting my first Grand Tour under the belt, trying to get that consistency for three weeks and it was a good experience.”
Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“It’s definitely been a breakout year for Lucas and we can certainly see a big future for him and hence the reason we would like to lock him in long term with the team.
“Lucas has played an important role in a lot of races during the season, both in a support role at his first Grand Tour and in winning some smaller races. We can see he has big potential and we believe his home is here.”
Date of Birth: 12 February 1996 (23)
Turned Pro: 2018
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2018
2019 Season Highlights:
- 1st Coppi e Bartali – Overall
- 1st Czech Cycling Tour – Stage 4
- 2nd Czech Cycling Tour – Overall
- 4th Giro d’Italia – Stage 7
Photo courtesy of Kramon.