Mitchelton-SCOTT secures Australia’s best young talent

Thu 16 Feb 2017

Mitchelton-SCOTT, the affiliated UCI Continental team for Australian WorldTour cycling outfit ORICA-SCOTT, today confirms the signing of four of the most talented prospects in Australia for its debut season.

The team, introduced earlier this year, features six of China’s most promising cyclists and has now, following impressive performances during the recent Australian summer of cycling, secured four more young Australian riders to form the backbone of its roster.

The signings include Australian under-23 road race champion Sam Jenner and winner of the best young rider classification at this year’s Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Jai Hindley.

Hindley’s performance at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour earned him an impressive second overall, behind race winner Damien Howson and ahead of the likes of three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

The 20-year-old spoke of his eagerness to begin racing again in Europe.

“I am really keen to join Mitchelton-SCOTT and start racing over in Europe again,” said Hindley. “I think we have a strong squad that suits the calendar, supported by some great staff and sponsors.”

Jenner, who went through a challenging 2016 season beset by illness, spoke of his excitement to taking the national champion’s jersey to thw world stage.

“I’m excited to be joining the team and really happy to be part of what will be a very strong team,” said Jenner. “I am also looking forward to bringing across the national stripes and the results we can achieve as a team in 2017.”

Jenner and Hindley will be joined by 19-year-old former junior national road race champion Michael Storer and talented 20-year-old climber Lucas Hamilton.

Hamilton won the coveted mountain’s classification at the 2016 Tour de l’Avenir and highlighted the diversity of the Mitchelton-SCOTT squad.

“I am looking forward to racing with the Mitchelton-SCOTT team for 2017,” said Hamilton. “We have a diverse team and we are all really excited about the possibilities that lie ahead throughout the year.”

Storer concluded by acknowledging the strong support network in and around the team.

“I’m really excited to be joining Mitchelton-SCOTT for 2017,” said Storer. “I know I’ll have every opportunity to develop into the best rider possible. The support network in and around the team is awesome and we have some great races on the calendar for the season.”

All four riders raced together in Europe in 2016 for the Australian WorldTour Academy Team and the quartet are widely regarded as the next wave of Australian general classification talent.

Mitchelton-SCOTT head sport director James Victor had a challenging task in selecting the next waves of rider signings. 

“Finalising the line-up for our European and Chinese campaign was difficult with the talent that has been witnessed in Australia’s under-23 ranks,” Victor said. 

“Along with outstanding results over the Australian summer, and the earlier announced signings of Robert Stannard and Harry Sweeny, this team will head to Europe with enduring confidence in their individual and cohesive abilities.

“The progress of these exceptionally talented young men is on a trajectory of high expectation over the next years but I believe we have a well-grounded group who acknowledge that the hard work is still ahead.”

“The experience and camaraderie developed through racing together will only benefit Mitchelton-SCOTT for the 2017 season and continued to highlight the invaluable, ongoing support from Gerry Ryan in developing Australia’s road cycling talent.”

The racing program for Mitchelton-SCOTT will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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Lucas Hamilton
Date of Birth: 12th February 1996 (21)
Nationality: Australian
Place of Birth: Ararat
Turned Pro: 2017

- 7th Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Overall
- 8th Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Stage 2

2016 (under 23):
- 1st Tour de l’Avenir – Mountain’s Classification
- 2nd Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 8
- 2nd Under-23 National Championships Australia – Road Race
- 3rd An-Post Ras Tour of Ireland – Overall
- 4th GP Capodarco (Italy)

Jai Hindley
Date of Birth: 5th May 1996 (20)
Nationality: Australian
Place of Birth: Perth
Turned Pro: 2017

- 1st Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Young Rider Classification
- 2nd Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Overall
- 2nd Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Stage 2

- 1st GP Capodarco (Italy)
- 2nd An-Post Ras Tour of Ireland – Overall
- 2nd An-Post Ras Tour of Ireland – Stage 7
- 3rd Tour de l’Avenir – Stage 7 (France)
- 5th Tour de l’Avenir – Overall (France)

Sam Jenner
Date of Birth: 2nd April 1997 (19)
Nationality: Australian
Place of Birth: Armidale, New South Wales
Turned Pro: 2017

- 1st Under-23 National Championship Australia - Road Race

Michael Storer
Date of Birth: 28th February 1997 (19)
Nationality: Australian
Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia
Turned Pro: 2017

- 3rd Under-23 National Championship Australia – Time Trial
- 5th Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Overall
- 7th Under-23 National Championship Australia – Road Race

- 1st Under-23 Oceania Championship - Road Race
- 1st GP Poggiana (Italy)
- 3rd Under-23 Oceania Championship - Time Trial
- 5th Under-23 National Championship Australia - Road Race