Lucy Kennedy moves to Orica-Scott
Oct 21 2017 09:32 pm CET

Lucy Kennedy moves to Orica-Scott
Lucy Kennedy moves to Orica-Scott
Photo of the Orica-SCOTT jersey by Orica-SCOTT

Orica-Scott has confirmed the signing of 29-year-old Lucy Kennedy. The Australian rider makes the move from High5 Dream Team.

Kennedy has won the 2017 Tour de l'Ardeche and is considered a strong time trialist who can also climb. She was also third in the road race of the Australian National Championships, took the victory in the individual time trial of the Oceania Continental Championships and showed good performances at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Lotto Ladies Tour.

"To join Orica-Scott in 2018 is a huge thrill," said the rider. "I have so much admiration and respect for all the riders, so to be able to 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 set up."

Kennedy is also looking to keep developing as a cyclist and aims for new victories with her new team. "I have a lot to learn about racing at the very top level and there is no better place than Orica-Scott for me to do just that. The opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the team is highly motivating and I’m really excited about the season ahead."

Sports director Gene Bates expressed how happy the team is about this signing. "We are extremely happy to have Lucy on the team for next year," he commented. "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 Gillet 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."