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by Shane Stokes
October 12, 2017
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After seven years at the Orica-Scott/GreenEdge team, Australian rider Mitch Docker is moving to Slipstream Sports on a one year contract. The 31-year-old will race with its EF Education First team in 2018, adding weight to its squad for the cobbled Classics and bunch finishes.
“The spring is the heart of the season where I have the most focus each year,” said Docker. “Being able to ride with and support Sep Vanmarcke and Sebastian Langeveld next year is a real privilege. Sep is a rider I have admired over the last few years as he moved through the ranks and onto the podium.
“I believe I can be a great asset to him, but at the same time, I’m really excited to work with a rider like Logan Owen, who I can help guide through the cobweb of Belgium racing during his first WorldTour season.”
Docker has clocked up two pro wins during his career but, more importantly, has helped others to big success. He said that he took particular pride at being part of the team time trial win in the 2014 Giro d’Italia. Now he’s looking forward to change. “As fantastic as an outfit as Orica was and has become, I’m ready for something new,” he stated. “I’m an experienced rider with a lot to offer, and I’m ready to pass on my experience to a new group. The opportunity Slipstream Sports presented seems perfect.”
Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters explained what he will bring to the team. “With our expanded focus on sprinting and our continued commitment to the Classics season, a sound head like Mitch’s made sense,” he stated. “Plus, as an alumnus of the Drapac program, we know he’s good people.”