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by Shane Stokes
January 3, 2018
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Following a debut season racing under the Mitchelton-Scott name, the GreenEdge feeder squad has been renamed Mitchelton-BikeExchange for 2018. The change in name is due to the rechristening of the Orica-Scott WorldTour team as Mitchelton-Scott, and will continue its association with, and registration in, China.
“Whilst the WorldTour sponsorships gives us world-wide promotion, we have already seen throughout 2017 that the Continental team can give us more direct promotion in Asia,” said general manager Andrew Ryan. “We look forward to promoting our estate to this market and welcoming even more international guests to our new Mitchelton Hotel and Day Spa.”
BikeExchange previously backed the Orica team and now returns to the WorldTour. “BikeExchange are very happy to be re-partnering with this great team and culture,” said BikeExchange CEO Mark Watkin. “We have been fortunate to be a part of the growth within the cycling industry for over 10 years, now operating across eight countries; through our media platforms we want to share the beautiful sport of cycling further. The partnership will once again help tell the BikeExchange story; supporting retailers, brands and riders to find buy and sell everything bike.”
Thus far the team has confirmed four rides for 2018. These include the returning Australians Sam Jenner and Harry Sweeney, plus the addition of the Briton Jacob Hennessy and the Colombian Brayan Chaves. The latter is the brother of Esteban Chaves, who will be part of the WorldTour squad once again in 2018. The team will also feature a number of Chinese riders, with more details to be made public soon.
“After a very successful debut season, that included 42 podiums and 10 victories, we are excited to take this team to another level in 2018,” said the team owner Gerry Ryan.