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by Shane Stokes
October 20, 2017
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After joining the Orica-Scott midway through 2016, the young Australian Jenelle Crooks has continued to impress and is set to continue with the Australian team in 2018.
“I really enjoyed this year with the team and I learnt so much,” Crooks said. “The culture of the riders and staff really makes the team such a great environment to learn and develop as a professional rider, not only on the bike but off the bike as well.”
“This made my transition to a full professional season so much easier and has got me super excited for next year. I am looking forward to developing more and working towards my goals for next season.”
DS Bates is excited to see Crooks continue with the team and notes her valuable contributions in races such as Giro Rosa. “It is great for us that Jenelle continues her development with the team in 2018,” Bates said. “After several great races Jenelle really showed her class during the Giro-Rosa where she played a key role in supporting our leaders Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt.”
“Since then she has gone from strength to strength. Jenelle will be one our youngest riders next season, but regardless of this, she will be one of our key riders in some of the tougher races. Jenelle has a very bright future with us.”