Mitchelton-SCOTT welcomes young British talent Jessica Roberts to the boost the women’s teamMon 23 Sep 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT is happy to announce the signing of young British talent Jessica Roberts for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Roberts comes from a background in track cycling but has displayed her huge potential on the road, having won the British Road Race Championships last year when she was just 19 years old.
Mitchelton-SCOTT is excited to welcome such a young talented rider and Sport Director Martin Vestby is looking forward to an injection of extra speed into the team.
“We wanted to fill a slight gap in the team and get a pure sprinter. We had the choice of going for somebody already established or find a new talent that we can let grow in the team and build up in the coming years, and we opted for the latter.
“Jess is a really interesting rider and has shown great potential in the road races she has done this season and of course last year winning the British Championships when she was just 19 years old. She comes from the track and is hoping to go to Tokyo so next year her programme will depend a little bit on that but we are really excited to be a part of her development and journey.”
Having ridden for the British domestic team, Team Breeze, Roberts is excited at the prospect of turning more attention to the road in the furture and stepping up to ride in the WorldTour peloton.
“I’m really excited to join Mitchelton-SCOTT and look forward to learning from some of the best riders in the world. It’s my first pro contract so it's a big step up but I feel this is the right team for me to grow and develop for the future.
"It’s really special for me to be stepping up to WorldTour. It feels quite surreal saying I’m part of it and I’m really excited to see what the future brings.
"I’ve heard lots of good things about Mitchelton-SCOTT. It seems like it’s a nice chilled atmosphere where you can have fun as well as be serious and race hard on the bikes.
"I think for me it’s the right time to move on to a bigger team to keep pushing myself which is important for my development. In the future I would like to put more focus just on the road, so I feel making this step now will help me achieve my road goals.
“The whole experience is new to me but I will always put 100% into helping my teammates and I'm always willing to learn new things. It’s really exciting for me to be on the same team as riders like Annemiek van Vleuten as this will enhance my development even more.”
Nationality: Great Britain
Date of birth: 11th April 1999 (20)
Turned Pro: 2020
Joins Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2020
- 1st Tour de Bretagne - Stage 4 - 2019
- 1st Tour de Bretagne - Stage 5 - 2019
- 1st British National Championships - 2018
- 1st European Games - Madison - 2019
- 1st U23 European Championships - Omnium - 2019
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