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Mitchelton-Scott signs U23 Gent-Wevelgem winner Hennessy

by Shane Stokes

The Michelton-Scott development team has signed talented 21-year-old British rider Jacob Hennessy to the squad for 2018, bringing the Briton on board. Hennessy won the Under 23 Gent Wevelgem in 2017, then took the opening stage and fifth overall in the A Travers les Hautes de France-Trophee Paris-Arras.

“I’m super excited to be joining Mitchelton-Scott for the 2018 season,” said Hennessy, speaking of Orica-Scott’s feeder team. “This year they have shown exactly how strong a team they are, especially with some of their riders moving up to the WorldTour next year and the success they have had in some big races.”

“I would love to be able to follow that progression and this is a great place to try and do that. Obviously I want to win as many races as possible and to achieve that I need to be more consistent and the aim is to try and maintain good form and consistency from January through to October. I I would love to be able to focus on some of the early season Spring Classics, I really enjoy that style of racing and I’m really motivated to do well.”

Sport director James Victor said that he will be an important addition to the squad. “Throughout 2017 Jacob showed his potential as a strong, fast finisher,” he stated. “He has been brought to the team to continue his development and also enhance our results and team profile through what we expect to be a busy 2018 season.”

The team has also announced that it is retaining Australian duo Sam Jenner and Harry Sweeny. Jenner won the national under 23 title in 2017 and was second on a stage of the An Post Rás, while Sweeny was 14th on the time trial stage of the Baby Giro.

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