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by Shane Stokes
August 16, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain
Following six seasons already with the Orica-Scott team, Kiwi rider Sam Bewley has extended with the squad and believes he will continue to improve. “It means a lot to continue with this team as it continues to grow into a real force across the board now,” stated the 30-year-old. “I have been with the team since 2012 and I have grown along with this whole organisation.”
“To remain with Orica-Scott and be a part of the momentum we have is something special. I want to continue to be get better and better in the role I have grown into so I can play an important part in the results this team will achieve in the future. I want to be part of our first Grand Tour victory, and hopefully more after that.”
The team has taken a long-term role in the development of talent such as Adam and Simon Yates, plus Esteban Chaves. The trio are maturing and may well be in a position to land Grand Tour success sooner rather than later.
Team directeur sportif Matt White sees Bewley as playing a key role. “We have had Sam since the start and we continue to see his commitment to the team’s goals,” he said. “Everyone needs workers and Sam is a guy that gets in, gets his hands dirty and lays it on the line when it’s required. Every team needs guys that are 100% selfless to their teammates and their leaders and Sam certainly ticks that box for us.”