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by Mark Zalewski
November 15, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Savio promises legal action after being cleared in ‘pay and ride’ investigation; Former pro who injected son with steroids given lifetime ban; Mikel Landa to lead Sky at Giro; Beñat Intxausti ready to restart in 2017; Georgia Baker completes ORICA-AIS 2017 roster; Caja Rural-Seguros RGA signs Page, extends with Arroyo; Marc Sergeant reflects on highs and lows of 2016; Dutch track riders threaten federation over future of coach; Van Avermaet undergoes surgery from MTB crash; Meares named as third Gold Coast 2018 ambassador; Superprestige Gavere highlights; Happy birthday Bernard Hinault.
ORICA-AIS has signed young Australian track rider Georgia Baker for 2017, completing the team’s 11-rider roster ahead of an upcoming training camp this weekend. Baker was part of the Australian team pursuit team at the Rio Olympics.
Georgia Baker competes in the team pursuit at the Rio Olympics.
“We have watched Georgia over the past few years and despite focusing very hard on the track, she has shown some exceptional moments on the road,” said sport director Gene Bates.
“It is great to have her with us not only from a physical aspect but she also brings a great attitude with her. Georgia aligns very well with our team ethos and I have no doubt she will fit in with the group exceptionally fast. We are really looking forward to her starting with the team after the 2017 World Track Championships in April.”
Baker is the only addition to the largely unchanged roster for 2017, something that Bates sees as a positive for next year.
“The team for 2017 remains quite unchanged from 2016,” Bates continued. “We know what we are getting and in terms of a well-balanced and capable team and we are excited about getting the ball rolling straight away. The team has obviously raced a lot together now and we are fortunate that we can get straight onto business with this group.”