ORICA-SCOTT boast a stellar women’s team line up for 2018Wed 8 Nov 2017
ORICA-SCOTT are pleased to confirm their complete women’s team roster for the 2018 season which will comprise of ten talented riders.
The line-up consists seven Australian riders and three internationals - one Dutch, one Belgian and one New Zealander - which together form a strong and well-balanced, rounded squad.
With eight riders re-signing, the team remains mostly unchanged with the welcomed addition of two new riders, the ‘Belgian Bullet´Jolien D’hoore and Oceania time trial champion Lucy Kennedy, who both bring strength and depth to the ORICA-SCOTT.
Both D´hoore and Kennedy are looking forward to joining a team which they believe to boast a very positive professional culture.
“My biggest motivation to join ORICA-SCOTT is the professionalism there is in the team,” D´hoore explained. “The team is really structured and well-organised with a motivated group of riders and staff.”
“Watching from the outside throughout 2017, it’s not just their great results that make the team so appealing, but also the positive culture that so obviously exists within the whole team,” expressed Kennedy.
After their most successful season in 2017 where the team claimed 18 UCI victories, sport director Gene Bates is motivated for the year ahead, as the bond between the core group of riders continues to strengthen and the addition of two fresh faces adds to the team’s potential fire-power.
“We are super excited about our team line-up for 2018,” Bates said. “Certainly on paper there is a huge amount of potential and talent, but we also know that that doesn’t always equate to wins in races so we are mindful that it is going to take a lot of hard work to reach our goals.
“To have two new riders in Jolien and Lucy is great for the team and really bolsters our strengths and we will certainly make them feel welcome.”
“It is also really nice to be able to retain eight of the same riders from 2017. This year was very successful for us, one of our most successful ever, so to carry the core of the group over into next season and introduce two new riders into that mix is something we are really looking forward to seeing in action.”
After performing throughout the 2017 season in a variety of races, the roster for 2018 boasts a wide range of strengths which allows the squads to target multiple areas from the hilliest tours to time trials or bunch sprints.
“We have a really rounded team going into 2018 and we will certainly look to be competitive in all areas of racing,” Bates continued. “We saw this year that we can realistically target and be successful in the Belgian Classics, general classifications, hilly one-day races and bunch sprints and we are busy now planning how we can make 2018 even more successful than 2017 for ORICA-SCOTT.”
ORICA-SCOTT 2018 women’s team roster:
Jessica Allen – (AUS 23) - re-signing
Jenelle Crooks - (AUS 22) - re-signing
Jolien D'hoore (BEL 27) - new signing
Gracie Elvin - (AUS 29) - re-signing
Lucy Kennedy (AUS 29) - new signing
Alexandra Manly - (AUS 21) - re-signing
Sarah Roy - (AUS 31) - re-signing
Amanda Spratt - (AUS 29) re-signing
Annemeik van Vleuten - (NED 34) - re-signing
Georgia Williams - (NZL 23) - re-signing