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by Neal Rogers
October 23, 2017
Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi queen stage, takes overall lead; Canola makes history with back-to-back wins at Japan Cup races; Van der Poel solos to victory at Koksijde World Cup; Kaptheijns dominates women’s field at Koksijde to take first World Cup win; Wells and Welsford win Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland; Moped drove over Bakelants’ legs after 11 fractured bones at Lombardia; Tour de L’Ardeche winner Lucy Kennedy signs with Orica-Scott; Video: Tacks sprinkled across race course at Tour of Guangxi.
Orica-Scott sees another new addition to the team in fellow Australian, Lucy Kennedy. The 2017 Tour de L’Ardeche winner packs a strong time trial, strength in the hills, and the potential to become a contender in stage races.
“To join Orica-Scott in 2018 is a huge thrill,” said Kennedy. “I have so much admiration and respect for all the riders, so to be able ride with and in support of them is a dream come true. Watching from the outside throughout 2017, it’s not just their great results that make the team so appealing, but also the positive culture that so obviously exists within the whole setup. I have a lot to learn about racing at the very top level and there is no better place for me to do just that.”
Team director Gene Bates said he is enthused about this recent addition, after taking note of the climbing talent earlier in the season.
“We are extremely happy to have Lucy on the team for next year,” said Bates. “Lucy is relatively new to the sport of road cycling, but has already shown a lot of class and potential over a short period of time. We certainly sat up and took notice when she was awarded the Amy Gillett Foundation scholarship for 2017.
“In January she put together some great rides at the national championships and Cadel’s race, before moving onto European competition where she won the overall at one of the hardest editions of the Tour de l’Ardeche whilst riding with the Australian National High5 team. Climbing abilities like hers don’t come along very often and we are very proud and excited to see her develop in the Orica-Scott colours next season.”