Talented Australian Lucas Hamilton will make the jump to the top level of professional cycling with ORICA-SCOTT in 2018 after showing great promise racing with the development arm of the GreenEDGE set up, Mitchelton-SCOTT this season.
Tour of Alsace winner Hamilton will join the team on a three-year contract, tying him to the Australian outfit until the end of the 2020 season.
The Chinese registered Mitchelton-SCOTT have enjoyed an outstanding 2017 season so far at Continental and U23 level with achieving multiple victories and a total of 36 podiums in 43 international race days.
Hamilton started the year by placing third in the under 23 road race at the national championships before going on to win the event at the Oceania championships.
That was followed by a victory in the individual time trial at the Baby Giro d’Italia and the overall win at the Tour de Alsace along with a host of second places in the European one-day races.
“I am really looking forward to joining such a fantastic team like ORICA-SCOTT next year,” said Hamilton. “It has always been a dream of mine to join the WorldTour and I couldn’t be happier to be making that step up with an Australian team.”
“It is exciting to think about continuing my development as a rider and being in a position to learn off the older guys on the team with the success that they have achieved and the experience that brings. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
A strong time-triallist and climber, Hamilton is a rider with a bright future and sport director Matt White spoke of the excitement at seeing a rider like Hamilton come through the ranks.
“Lucas is a credit to our development team,” said White. “They’ve produced an incredible amount of talent over the years – before it was a lot of track riders coming through the program, but the last couple of years it has produced guys like Robert Power and Jack Haig.”
“Lucas is the cream of the crop at U23 level and obviously it is exciting for us to have a guy like that come through our feeder team. We’ve seen the results he has had on the road this year and it’s going to be exciting to see him on board the professional team.
“He is a big talent. Where that talent will take him is our big challenge and responsibility to give him the right pathway through to the next level of professional cycling.”
Date of Birth: 12th February 1996 (21)
Place of Birth: Ararat
Turned Pro: 2018
– 2017 1st Tour de Alsace – General Classification
– 2017 1st Tour of Alsace – Youth Classification
– 2017 1st Tour of Alsace – Mountains Classifcation
– 2017 1st Baby Giro d’Italia – Stage 5b (ITT)
– 2017 1st Oceania Continental Championships – Road Race