Sam Bewley Re-Signs With ORICA-GreenEDGEMon 19 Aug 2013
ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to announce Sam Bewley has re-signed with the team for an additional year. The young Kiwi joined the team in May 2012 prior to the London Olympics, where he helped the New Zealand team pursuit squad ride to a bronze medal. In the short time Bewley has been with the Australian organisation, he has successfully solidified his place within the pro peloton.
“I’ve enjoyed the last two years with this team,” said Bewley. “They support every single rider, whatever their goals are. Being on a team from the Southern Hemisphere makes it that much more special.”
Shortly after the 2013 season was underway, an unfortunate crash at Circuit Sarthe sent Bewley to the sidelines with a broken collarbone. With continual encouragement from the team, Bewley didn’t let the injury distract from his development.
“I came off the track only last year and haven’t done a lot with the team this year due to my injury,” added Bewley. “The team still showed faith in me and supported me. They believe that I can continue to improve.”
“We've been really happy with Sam's development this season despite an injury that derailed some of his plans for his spring campaign,” agreed Sport Director Matt White. “I see a big future for Sam with this team. He's about to start the biggest race of his career this week when he lines up for the Tour of Spain.”
Starting his first Grand Tour will be an honour for Bewley, however, his participation in the Vuelta is in preparation for an even bigger goal. He hopes to be a part of the team’s time trial squad at the World Championships and management believes his first Grand Tour will fine-tune the form he requires for this late season target.
“Being on the team for the TTT has been a huge goal of mine,” said Bewley. “Specifically, doing well is a big goal for ORICA-GreenEDGE. It’s a good course for us this year, and we have a lot of riders who are suited for it. For me, I want to help the team better our third place from last year.”
It’s no surprise then that the highlight of Bewley’s tenure with the team thus far was the 2012 TTT World Championships.
“I probably wasn’t expected to be part of the team coming straight off the Olympics,” said Bewley. “Just being on the team and racing with the older guys was a learning experience. They’ve started to teach me a lot. The bonus is when they get results that I help them achieve - it’s pretty gratifying.”
Looking ahead at his future as a cyclist, Bewley is still getting a grasp on what kind of rider he would like to be, but for now lending support to his teammates and continuing to improve overall are his main objectives.
“I missed out on a lot of races this year because of my injury,” said Bewley. “But I have done a few big races and races that I needed to do to continue to improve. I’m starting to learn more and more about the lead-out. That’s something I’m pretty interested in and think I could be pretty good at.”
“I’m always happy to help my teammates,” added Bewley. “I always give 100% when that’s asked of me. Maybe next year I’ll have some results of my own in specific races, but mostly, I just want to continue to improve in every aspect of my cycling.”