2017 WorldTour teams preview: Orica-Scott
Jan 02 2017 01:40 pm CET

2017 WorldTour teams preview: Orica-Scott
2017 WorldTour teams preview: Orica-Scott
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JOHAN ESTEBAN CHAVES RUBIO

CyclingPub's overview of the WorldTour teams ahead of the 2017 season continues with Orica-Scott.

The 2016 season of the Australian team was a year of many victories both in classic races and in Grand Tours.

Orica-Scott placed Esteban Chaves on the podium of the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, got the fourth position in the Tour de France with Adam Yates and secured victories in the Tour Down Under and Paris-Roubaix with Simon Gerrans and Matthew Hayman, respectively, as well as many stage wins in the most important races.

As such, the main objective for the team will be to equal and maybe even top the results of their best season to date. The core of Orica remains similar to 2016, having added only two new riders: Roman Kreuziger and Roger Kluge.

Kreuziger's task will be to bring his experience on climbs and in long races in order to support the leaders for the General Classification in Grand Tours. Kluge will be an important addition to the lead out train for star sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Even though Orica-Scott don't want to be carried away by the enthusiasm following a successful season, they will have new objectives for the 2017. For the first time the team enters a season with clear ambitions for the General Classification of three Grand Tours.

There will of course be a key role for Colombian Esteban Chaves, who has already proved that he can fight for the win and stand the pressure when it matters. His results in the top 10 of important races and his victories in the Giro dell'Emilia and the Giro di Lombardia show his potential and his progress.

The 2017 season will start in Australia, where the team will try to excel in front of their home crowd. Chaves will also be of importance there along with local guys Simon Gerrans and Caleb Ewan.

They will then move to Europe in order to prepare for the spring races and classics where they will want to get a victory similar to that of Matthew Hayman got at Paris-Roubaix last year.

It will also be a season of opportunity and development for riders like Jens Keukeleire, Magnus Cort and the brothers Simon and Adam Yates, all of whom showed in 2016 that they can get important results in individual stages and even compete for overall victories.

The Australian formation is set to have an exciting season in 2017 with riders that have the potential of bringing surprises to the peloton and continue a good streak that up till now reached its top in 2016.

The complete roster

Michael Albasini (SUI)
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Esteban Chaves (COL)
Magnus Cort (DEN)
Mitch Docker (AUS)
Luke Durbridge (AUS)
Alexander Edmondson (AUS)
Caleb Ewan (AUS)
Simon Gerrans (AUS)
Jack Haig (AUS)
Mathew Hayman (AUS)
Michael Hepburn (AUS)
Damien Howson (AUS)
Daryl Impey (RSA)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
Jens Keukeleire (BEL)
Cheung King-Lok (HKG)
Roger Kluge (GER)
Roman Kreuziger (CZE)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)
Ruben Plaza (SPA)
Robert Power (AUS)
Svein Tuft (CAN)
Carlos Verona (SPA)
Adam Yates (GBR)
Simon Yates (GBR)

By Mary Cárdenas
Photo of the Orica-Scott jersey (cropped) by Orica-SCOTT





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