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by Shane Stokes
August 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boom scoops stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour, nabs race lead; Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway; Gaudu takes first pro victory on stage 3 of Tour de l’Ain, Pinot grabs race lead; Bennett victorious on stage 2 of Czech Cycling Tour; Poidevin wins second stage and overall at Colorado Classic; Murphy takes stage 1 of Colorado Classic; Despite ‘getting very old,’ Hayman remains as Orica-Scott captain for 2018; Axeon Hagens Berman team aims for Professional Continental status in 2018; Trek-Segafredo manager says team ‘not in a hurry’ to find replacement for Contador; World Champion Dideriksen to team up with Deignan in Revolution’s elite women’s championship; Video: Sagan – ‘I am young and beautiful’; Video: GoPro highlights from stage 1 of the Colorado Classic
Mathew Hayman may be 39 years of age, but the Ausralian will continue being a rider with Orica-Scott for at least one more season. The 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner has been given a contract extension by the squad for 2018, and will therefore ride a fifth season with the team.
“I am really happy to being staying at Orica-Scott, I have really found my home here,” he said. “I am grateful that the team still have faith in me as I am now getting very old. I love the classics and will be focusing on those races again. We have grown as a team in these races and I am really excited to see what we can do in 2018.”
Hayman will once again lead the team in those spring events. According to Matt White, he has much to add to the team in terms of his experience, example and directions during races. “Although Maty didn’t start with us he will certainly eventually finish with us,” he said. “We have always had a younger developing team and to have a guy with that much experience like Mat around those younger guys, it really has been invaluable.”
“The younger riders needed time to develop and the older guys have taken the pressure over the past years to give them time to do that at their own speed.”
He said that Hayman’s example is something those younger riders can learn from. Specifically, that it is important to keep working towards objectives, even if it takes a long time. “When you have a guy on your team who is winning Paris-Roubaix after 15 attempts, it’s a never say die attitude, which is the attitude we want in our young guys. Success doesn’t come overnight but if you keep working hard anything is possible and Mat Hayman has proven that.”