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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
Young Australian duo Jai Hindley and Michael Storer will turn professional with the Team Sunweb in 2018, joining the squad on three- and two-year deals respectively. Hindley is 21 years of age and was runner-up in last year’s An Post Rás and fifth in the 2016 Tour de l’Avenir.
This year, he was second overall plus best young rider in the Herald Sun Tour, took a stage and third overall in the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia and was also third in the Oceania Championships. Last weekend he finished tenth overall in the Tour de l’Avenir.
He said he was “super-excited” to join Team Sunweb. “I think the team have shown they are quite big on innovation as well as developing young guys, and this really stood out for me when looking for a new team.”
Storer is 20 years of ago and won the Gran Premio die Poggiana last season. He was also third in the under 23 time trial at the Oceania championship and seventh in the Tour de l’Avenir. This season he was a bronze medallist in the Australian under 23 TT championships, won a stage in the An Post Rás, was second in the road race at the Oceania championships and was third in the Giro Ciclisto della Mont Blanc. He was also fifth in the Herald Sun Tour.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team, the riders and staff and also the new challenge that will come with racing in the WorldTour. When considering teams, the development pathway was really important for me because I’m still only riding my second year as an U23,” he said. “I wanted a team that provides the best support for me to become a better rider and somewhere I could become athlete on and off the bike.”