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by Shane Stokes
September 22, 2017
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Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle High 5) will join Orica-Scott in 2018, contributing her powerful sprint to the Australian-registered team. D’hoore will be a welcomed addition with her experience in the peloton and her long list of successes that include winning the Belgian National Road Race title four times, a World Championship title and Olympic medal on the track, and multiple World Cup races.
“My biggest motivation to join Orica-Scott is the professionalism there is in the team,” said the 27-year-old Belgian. “The team is really structured and well-organised with a motivated group of riders and staff. I can’t wait to meet everyone and to race together with the girls.”
Looking ahead, D’hoore will have a flexible role on the team, assisting teammates at certain races while applying her own skills in others to contribute to the team’s success in the upcoming season. “I’m looking forward to working together with them and to winning as many races as we can.”
“I’m more a classic rider or sprinter so I will be focusing myself on the Spring Classics and the sprinter’s stage races. We have a strong line-up for the Classics so I’m really eager to show what we’ve got in the races in my home country.”
“Jolien has won some of the world’s biggest bike races, and we hope to provide an environment that will see her continue to do this,” said Sports Director Gene Bates. “Her strengths obviously lie in sprinting, but I think she can also be very versatile moving forward – we are very excited about her ability to develop further with us. I think Jolien will fit very well in with our team, which is something we really try to evaluate before signing new riders. Our team culture is always at the forefront of our selection processes.”