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by Mark Zalewski
June 8, 2016
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Australian criterium champion Sophie Mackay is joining the American Hagens Berman-Supermint team for the rest of the season.
Image: Con Chronis
Australian team director Jono Coulter said that Mackay will fill a gap in the team in terms of a finishing sprinter. “When Lindsay [Bayer] and I formulated this team at the end of 2015, we saw the need for a dedicated sprinter for the US summer crit season.”
“Previous incarnations of Supermint have a history of finding top Oceania talent at early season events, including the Bay Crits and Aussie Nationals. I was on hand for both events in January this year and Sophie stood out with her surprise win against the big teams at Aussie Crit Nationals. It is an honor to bring the Green and Gold to the USA for the big crits of the season.”
Sophie’s recent palmarès include the win at the Battle on the Border race in Australia, an overall win at the Tucson Bicycle Classic and a stage win at the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Sophie’s first race with the team will be this weekend at the Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington, Virginia.