Hayman continues as a captain at ORICA-SCOTT
ORICA-SCOTT are pleased to announce the re-signing of 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman for the 2018 season.
The 39-year-old has become one of the main foundations of the Australian team, often a captain on the road, providing crucial guidance and inspiration to the younger up and coming riders.
Hayman joined the Australian outfit in 2014 and is looking forward to making 2018 his fifth season with the team.
“I am really happy to being staying at ORICA-SCOTT, I have really found my home here,” Hayman said. “I am grateful that the team still have faith in me as I am now getting very old.”
Each year the Australian outfit has been improving and becoming more consistent in the early season classics which Hayman will target once again as a valuable leader in the strengthened classics squad.
“I love the classics and will be focusing on those races again,” continued Hayman. “We have grown as a team in these races and I am really excited to see what we can do in 2018.”
Sport director Matt White appreciates having such a highly respected and knowledgeable figure in Hayman, helping to balance out the generally young squad, and providing his wealth of experience after 17 years racing as a professional.
“Although Maty didn’t start with us he will certainly eventually finish with us,” said White. “We have always had a younger developing team and to have a guy with that much experience like Mat around those younger guys, it really has been invaluable.”
“The younger riders needed time to develop and the older guys have taken the pressure over the past years to give them time to do that at their own speed.”
White acknowledges that Hayman has a lot to offer on and off the bike. With his relentless demeanour, he believes the team can still learn a lot from the senior rider.
“When you have a guy on your team who is winning Paris-Roubaix after 15 attempts, it’s a never say die attitude, which is the attitude we want in our young guys,” White continued.
“Success doesn’t come overnight but if you keep working hard anything is possible and Mat Hayman has proven that.”
Date of Birth: 20th April 1978 (39)
Place of Birth: Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Turned Pro: 2000
- 1st 2016 Paris-Roubaix
- 1st 2006 Commonwealth Games – Road Race
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