Rowney joins fellow Australians at ORICA-AISTue 6 Oct 2015
ORICA-AIS is pleased to announce two-time Route de France stage winner Loren Rowney as its first new recruit for 2016.
The Australian rider, who was born in South Africa before moving aged eight, joins the outfit after a number of seasons with Velocio-SRAM, whom she started her professional career with.
Over that time the 26-year-old has recorded stage results at the Trophee d’Or Feminin, Tour of New Zealand and Feminin International de l’Ardeche, performances ORICA-AIS’ are confident she can continue.
Having raced with some of the Australian outfits crucial members, including at the recent world championships in Richmond, Rowney says she is looking forward to contributing to their renowned style of racing.
“I've raced with, but mostly against these girls my whole career, so I feel the transition will be pretty smooth,” Rowney said. “The team has such an awesome dynamic, quite often at races I find myself gravitating towards the Aussie table to engage in some banter.”
“To say I'm pumped about finally being teammates with this crew is an understatement. I really enjoyed my time with Velocio SRAM, and learnt so much. I'm the professional I am today because of that team, however, there's always been a part of me that wanted to be on an Aussie team.
“ORICA-AIS has always had a really aggressive approach in their racing style. I've always liked and respected that in their style of racing, so I look forward to testing myself more in those race situations where you just have a go and see what happens.”
Having targeted Rowney for a number of seasons, sport director Gene Bates is looking forward to having a ‘great new character on the team’.
“We are really pleased to be able to have Loren on the team next year, we've been looking at her for the last couple of years,” Bates said.
“She’s being riding with many of our girls in various teams and races. We know already that she is going to fit in great and she is already starting to make her mark in the team with her interactions already.
“Loren is a very versatile rider and we probably haven’t seen that come out in the last year or two. We think she has a lot more to offer than what we’ve seen. She’s had some good wins from small groups but also a top 20 at Het Nieuwsblad, which also highlights her ability over a one-day classic.”
Rowney echoes Bates in her ambitions for her opening season with ORICA-AIS.
“For me I do best in a small break away, or reduced bunch at the finish,” Rowney said. “I really want to be good in the spring. The classics are my favourite type of race, so it's a big goal to have a good start to the year, go into races like Het Nieuwsblad and be at the pointy end of the race to contest the finish.”
Date of birth: 14 October 1988 (26)
Turned pro: 2012
- Two-time Route de France stage winner (2015 and 2012)
- 1st 2015 Trophee d’Or Feminin – Stage 5
- 1st 2014 Feminin International de l’Ardeche – Stage 3
- 1st 2013 Tour Languedoc Roussillon – Stage 4
- 1st 2013 Gracia Orlova – Stage 2
- 1st 2012 Tour of New Zealand – Stage 2