Michael Albasini Extends Contract with ORICA-GreenEDGESat 20 Jul 2013
ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to announce that Michael Albasini has extended his contract for two years. Albasini has flourished with the Australian outfit, adding three stages wins to his palmarès both this year and last in addition the overall victory in 2012 at Volta a Catalunya.
“I know I could have had options with other teams, but when it came time to sign, I realised that I don’t want to leave this one,” said Albasini. “As our music video shows, we have a really good team spirit here. It’s nice to work where you can also have fun.”
Capable of pulling off the win in the right situation, Albasini is equally adept at putting his teammates on the top step. In addition to his personal victories, he’s been part of six of his teammates’ wins this year.
“Michael is one of the stalwarts of our team,” said Sport Director Matt White. “He is a very reliable rider in nearly every terrain. He’s a winner, but he’s also a super teammate. We’ve seen that here at the Tour, and we’ve seen that at every race he starts. He gives as much to his teammates as he does to his personal goals.”
“We have really good riders in this team for the one day races,” said Albasini. “We have riders for the sprints, and we have opportunists like me. I like to play my role in helping my teammates win. On the other hand, I get a lot of chances on this team to try for a result myself. It’s the perfect situation for me to be able to do both.”
Albasini says he suspected from the start that ORICA-GreenEDGE suited him. Asked to name a highlight over the last 18 months, he talks about the team’s first training camp.
“We had a fantastic time together as a new group before the first season started,” said Albasini. “I brought my family with me to Australia, and we lived there together for a couple weeks. We all really enjoyed that. It’s been a great experience from the beginning. I’ve had some of the best wins of my career with this team. The team time trial in Nice in the first week of the Tour has been one of the very best moments.”
With four top ten finishes at Fléche Wallone in the last six years, including second place to Joaquim Rodriguez last year, Albasini believes an Ardennes Classics win is within reach. Beyond personal objectives, he looks forward to playing a part in the team’s wins throughout the entire season.
“I don’t usually target specific races,” Albasini admitted. “My season is more or less the same each year. I’ve been doing the Ardennes Classics for a long time now, and I really like these races. It would be great to win one. The Tour is also really important. I actually think it’s important to win and keep morale high throughout the whole year. The goal with the new contract, like always, is to keep winning.”