ORICA-SCOTT sign New Zealand’s Georgia Williams for 2017Tue 14 Feb 2017
ORICA-SCOTT is pleased to announce the signing of New Zealand track and road cyclist Georgia Williams for the 2017 season.
The 23-year-old joins the Australian outfit after the recent retirement of Loren Rowney opened up a new position on the team.
Williams, who demonstrated her versatility by placing second in both the road race and the time trial at the 2017 New Zealand road championships, represented her country on the track in the women’s team pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I am very excited to be joining the team,” said Williams. “I am looking forward to focusing on the road season this year without any track commitments.”
“I can’t wait to race with the ORICA-SCOTT girls and hopefully we can have a fun and successful season together.”
Sports director Gene Bates is confident Williams will be a great asset to the ORICA-SCOTT lineup and is looking forward to a fresh injection of energy into the outfit.
“We are really excited to have Georgia Williams on the team for 2017,” said Bates. “It is not easy finding riders in January, but I think we are very fortunate that this opportunity has come up to sign Georgia.”
“We have seen some exciting rides from her and we believe that she has a great deal of potential to reach new heights in her road racing this year. She will certainly add more excitement to our roster.”
An excellent young prospect after winning silver medals at the junior track world championships in both 2010 and 2011, Williams already has experience in some of the world’s biggest women’s road races, despite her young age.
This experience will put her in a strong position as she travels to Europe this week before starting her first race for ORICA-SCOTT at Omloop van het Hageland in Belgium on Sunday, 26 February.
“Georgia comes with a lot of experience both on the track and in European road racing,” continued Bates. “We are obviously very content with her background and we wanted to sign a rider that we could just drop into big races without any concerns.
“Georgia will start racing at the end of February in Europe and we look forward to welcoming her into the team.”
Date of Birth: 25 August 1993 (23)
Nationality: New Zealand
Place of Birth: Auckland
Turned Pro: 2013
Georgia Williams is a world class road and track rider who has represented New Zealand on the track at both the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Williams joins ORICA-SCOTT in January following an opening in the team due to a retirement.
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