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The UCI Continental squad of the Green Edge organisation, Michelton-Scott, has signed four young Australian riders that are considered the next generation of Australian general classification riders: Sam Jenner, Jai Hindley, Michael Storer and Luke Hamilton. The team, introduced earlier this year, features six of China’s most promising cyclists and now adds four more young Australian riders to form the backbone of its roster.
“I’m excited to be joining the team and really happy to be part of what will be a very strong team,” said Jenner, the U23 Australian champion. “I am also looking forward to bringing across the national stripes and the results we can achieve as a team in 2017.”
Jai Hindley recently finished second overall in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. “I am really keen to join Mitchelton-Scott and start racing over in Europe again,” he said. “I think we have a strong squad that suits the calendar, supported by some great staff and sponsors.”
“Finalising the line-up for our European and Chinese campaign was difficult with the talent that has been witnessed in Australia’s under-23 ranks,” sport director James Victor said. “Along with outstanding results over the Australian summer, and the earlier announced signings of Robert Stannard and Harry Sweeny, this team will head to Europe with enduring confidence in their individual and cohesive abilities.
“The progress of these exceptionally talented young men is on a trajectory of high expectation over the next years but I believe we have a well-grounded group who acknowledge that the hard work is still ahead. The experience and camaraderie developed through racing together will only benefit Mitchelton-SCOTT for the 2017 season and continued to highlight the invaluable, ongoing support from Gerry Ryan in developing Australia’s road cycling talent.”