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by Shane Stokes
September 16, 2017
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Announcing the signing of Lucas Hamilton, Orica-Scott directeur sportif Matt White explained why he was such an asset to the squad and also the Mitchelton-Scott team he has been competing with. “Lucas is a credit to our development team,” he stated. “They’ve produced an incredible amount of talent over the years. Before it was a lot of track riders coming through the program, but the last couple of years it has produced guys like Robert Power and Jack Haig.
“Lucas is the cream of the crop at U23 level and obviously it is exciting for us to have a guy like that come through our feeder team. We’ve seen the results he has had on the road this year and it’s going to be exciting to see him on board the professional team.”
Hamilton’s results include victory in the Tour de Alsace, a time trial stage win plus second overall in the Baby Giro, third in the under 23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and fourth in the Tour de l’Avenir. He was also second in the Nations’ Cup races Trofeo Edil C, the Giro del Belvedere and the GP Palio del Recioto.
“He is a big talent,” said White. “Where that talent will take him is our big challenge and responsibility to give him the right pathway through to the next level of professional cycling.”