Hepburn at home with ORICA-SCOTTMon 14 Aug 2017
ORICA-SCOTT are happy to announce the re-signing of former Australian time trial champion Michael Hepburn for two more seasons.
The Queensland rider has been with the team since its inception in 2012 and spent the first few years balancing road with track commitments.
Since then he has switched his focus to the road and has been continuously progressing as a valuable piece of the team’s powerful engine room.
“I have been with this team from the beginning and in that time I've formed great bonds with many of the riders and staff,” said Hepburn. “It really does feel like home, like a family to me and I’m really pleased to be staying with the team for another two years.”
“I’m looking forward to racing the northern classics again after having missed them last season due to commitments with the national team on the track and the team time trial world championships are still a huge goal of mine.”
The 25-year-old has enjoyed growing as a rider and learning new things and as the team continues to grow and develop into a serious general classification contender.
“I’ve seen the team’s goals change over my time and we've all had to adapt in different ways, allowing me to continuously learn new things each year,” Hepburn continued.
“With so many general classification riders now capable of being on the podium in the biggest races on the calendar, I want to keep helping them and the team achieve goals in those races.
“I feel like I've made some big gains in my development in the last year and I'm really excited and looking forward to testing myself in more races.”
Hepburn’s track background has helped develop him into a powerful and versatile road rider with a lot to offer the squad. Sport director Matt White is excited about being able to work with the talented Australian further and seeing what great things he can achieve by committing fully to road racing.
“We have seen a different Heppy this year with his total focus on the road,” said White. “I think we are going to see even more development on the road in the next couple of years, having popped in and out of track ambitions for the last six years.”
“In that period he has won multiple world titles and Olympic medals but now his focus is totally on the road and we will benefit from that.
“He is a world class team time trial rider and he is also very versatile. We have seen him slot into lead out trains and we’ve seen him as a general workhorse for our GC guys.
“We’ve had a long relationship with Heppy and it´s great that we can continue that development with him.”
Date of Birth: 17th August 1991 (25)
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Turned Pro: 2012
- 1st 2015 Oceania Championships - Time Trial
- 1st 2015 Giro d'Italia - Stage 1 (TTT)
- 1st 2014 National Championships Australia – Time Trial
- 1st 2014 Giro d’Italia – Stage 1 (TTT)
- 1st 2014 Tour of Qatar – Stage 3
- 2nd 2013 UCI Road Cycling World Championships – Team Time Trial
- Multiple world champion and Olympic medalist on the track
Photos courtesy of TDWsport