Rowney and Roy remain with ORICA-AIS

Wed 19 Oct 2016

Australian sprinters Loren Rowney and Sarah Roy return for another year at ORICA-AIS after a solid season which saw them both claim European victories.

The two latest re-signings boost the ORICA-AIS team line-up for 2017, giving the squad a well balanced mix of riders with various strengths.

“ORICA-AIS is a special team to be a part of,” Roy explained. “We have grown together this year so I am glad for things to remain relatively unchanged into 2017.”

"The team has a great dynamic and good mix of experience and strengths, I am certain we will see some exciting results next year."

The former Australian criterium champion had her best season to date, winning her first race in ORICA-AIS colours on stage four of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.   

“Looking back on the season, I am really proud of how the entire team has strengthened as one unit and I was able to achieve my first victory for the team,” continued Roy. “We have all worked hard on and off the bike, jumped a few hurdles and soldiered on to end up as a better versions of ourselves and a true team."

Continuing to improve each season, Roy is aiming to perform strongly in the early part of the next year during the Classic races.

“I would like to improve on this season by stepping up a notch in all areas,” said Roy. “The Classic races will be a target for me, I would like to consistently make the finals with my teammates so we have more numbers in the end.”

Joining Roy and bringing more speed to the ORICA-AIS team is another Australian rider, Rowney. The 27-year-old tasted success when given the opportunity this year at the Tour de Feminin, as she sprinted to victory on a stage two of the tour.

“I have really enjoyed my first year on the team," Rowney explained. "I personally didn't tick all of the boxes I wanted to tick this season but I know that the 2017 season is already looking good."

"Two highlights for me was my win in the Tour de Feminin and sprinting to second in a hard sprint on a stage at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.

“I have proven that I can mix it with the best sprint riders in a long sprint and I hope to continue to have opportunities next season to demonstrate this strength more."

Having joined ORICA-AIS at the start of the 2016 season, Rowney's debut year was a successful one, settling in to the team quickly, racing alongside many of her Australian compatriots.

“When I joined ORICA-AIS this year I knew it was going to feel like coming home and it certainly did,” Rowney continued. "It is a really great team to be a part of and I am very happy to continue with the team next season."

“We have some strong girls for the lead outs and every race we get more and more dialled in. For me the spring next year will be the most important part of the season. I'd really like to feature in the WorldTour races and get a win in one of the Classics races.” 

Loren Rowney

Date of Birth: 14 October 1988 (10027) 
Nationality: Australian 
Place of birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

2016 results:

-       1st Tour de Feminin - Stage 2
-       2nd Tour de Feminin - Stage 4
-       2nd Boels Rental Ladies Tour - Stage 5

Other Results:

-       1st Route de France stage winner 2015 and 2012
-       1st Trophee d’Or Feminin – Stage 5 2015
-       1st Feminin International de l’Ardeche – Stage 3 2014

Sarah Roy

Date of Birth: 27th February 1986 (30)
Nationality: Australian
Place of birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2016 results:

-       1st Boels Rental Ladies Tour - Stage 4
-       2nd Keukens van Lommel Ladies Classic
-       2nd Route de France - Prologue

Other results:

-       1st Australian Criterium championships 2014