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by Shane Stokes
October 10, 2017
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Australian national criterium champion and former junior world TT champion Jess Allen has re-signed with Orica-Scott, continuing with the team after first coming on board midway through 2016. “The last year and a half with the team has been my most enjoyable time on and off the bike,” she said.
“When I am happy I train and race really well so Orica-Scott has been the perfect team for me. Everyone in the team stepped up this year and it was really special to be a part of that. I can’t wait to see our progression again next year.”
Now 24 years of age, Allen is a past winner of the Oceania road race championships and said that learning from older riders has been an important part in her ongoing progression. “I am surrounded by great role models in this team who I’ve learned a lot from this year. It’s very important for me to keep surrounding myself with team mates like this as I continue to develop.”
She is coached by Orica-Scott DS Gene Bates and the duo plan that she will be in form again for January, and then continue that into the Classics. She believes that she can aim for victory in the latter events in the future.
“Having Jess in our team for 2018 really gives us a great X-factor,” he said. “Jess is still progressing and developing each season and this year throughout the Australian summer and the Spring classics, she was one of our most reliable and selfless riders. Jess will focus on several areas in 2018 but will start the year off targeting the Australian summer of racing. We are very excited to see where she can progress to next season.”