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by Shane Stokes
September 16, 2017
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An announcement from Orica-Scott on Friday confirmed that 21-year-old Lucas Hamilton will join the Australian WorldTour outfit from 2018. Hamilton is the third rider from this year’s Mitchelton-Scott Continental development squad to sign with a WorldTour team, following Michael Storer and Jai Hindley who will both ride with Sunweb from 2018.
In the lead-up to Hamilton’s contract announcement, CyclingTips caught up with the Victorian to reflect on his signing with Orica-Scott for three years, and on his excellent season in the U23 ranks which has included a host of strong results in Tours and one-day races alike. The following interview has been edited for length and fluency.
CyclingTips: Congratulations on signing with Orica-Scott – very exciting news. How does it feel to be making the step up to the pro ranks?
Lucas Hamilton: I’m really happy to sign with Orica. I think it just naturally is a team that really suits me. And obviously I’ve always wanted to become a professional bike rider so I’m really happy to be able to be in this position. I’m excited about the next few years with them.
Whereabouts are you going to be basing yourself?
I’m not 100% but I think I’ll base myself in Girona. I’ve still got to sort a few things out at the end of this year but that’s where I’m looking to try and set up, for the first year anyway.
Click through to read the full interview on CyclingTips.