Mitchelton-SCOTT welcome young Australian Nick Schultz for the next two seasons

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT is happy to announce the signing of 23-year-old Australian Nick Schultz for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Schultz was previously part of the squad back in 2016 riding as a stagiaire and after spending the last two seasons racing at Pro-Continental level with Caja Rural - Seguros RGA, the Australian outfit are excited to have him on board full time.

The rider from Brisbane has climbing potential and has already gained valuebale experience in his short career in the professional peloton. Schultz is set to line-up later this week in the Vuelta a España with his current team, which will be the 23-year-old’s second start in a Grand Tour.

Head sport director Matt White describes the young Australian as an “exciting prospect” and is looking forward to seeing him develop further within Mitchelton-SCOTT as the team continues to cement themselves as overall Grand Tour contenders.

Matt White - Sport director
"Nick already started with the team as a stagiaire a couple of years ago. He had success with the national team at the Tour de l'Avenir and he has had two years with Caja-Rural which has been really great for his development.

"Two years ago we didn't have space for him on the team and we have been following his development and we see him as a real climbing talent and we are really happy to have him back in the team full time.

"Nick is an exciting prospect and he is at an age where he will continue to develop for some years to come so it is really exciting to have him on our team moving forward."

Nick Schultz
"Having the opportunity to join a team like Mitchelton-SCOTT is a dream come true. They’re the team that first gave me exposure to the professional ranks through a stagiaire in 2016 and it is incredibly humbling that after two years in the professional ranks with Caja-Rural, that Mitchelton-SCOTT have seen my progression and offered me a full time contract.

"Caja-Rural has been an amazing platform to learn and develop a lot of skills as a professional both on and off the bike. I’ve been able to finish a Grand Tour and be exposed to a completely different culture. My goal is to slot into the team and be a reliable teammate in whatever capacity is asked of me.

"It will be very interesting to be a part of a team that has experience in delivering riders to podiums in Grand Tours and wins in the biggest one-day classics. Being part of this environment will be a major learning experience in itself. Personally, I hope to perform strongly in the Ardennes and provide reliable support to the GC riders in whatever stage races are on my program.

"I think it goes without saying that to be a part of a team with the Yates brothers and Esteban Chaves is pretty special. It’s not only the big leaders who I’m excited to be along side though, every rider on the team has an asset that they bring to the table and I feel very privileged to be coming on board and learning from everyone."

Nick Schultz
Date of Birth: 13th September 1994 (23)
Nationality: Australian
Turned Pro: 2017
Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2019
Top results:
3rd Gran Premio Miguel Indurain 2018
7th Tour of Norway GC 2017
1st Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 7 2016
1st Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste - Stage 7 2016
2nd Oberosterreichrundfahrt GC 2016
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