UCI Women’s WorldTour team ORICA-SCOTT has confirmed the re-signing of the talented Australian road and track starlet Alexandra Manly for the upcoming 2018 season.
A successful 2017 saw Manly win bronze and silver medals in the madison and the team pursuit for Australia at the track world championships in Hong-Kong whilst continuing to grow into a strong supporting role in the team’s successes on the road.
The 21-year-old started the season strongly by winning both the U23 time trial and road race titles at the national championships before settling into a consistent run of performances that was highlighted by third place on the opening stage team time trial at the Giro Rosa.
“I’m thrilled to be heading back to ORICA-SCOTT for my third season in Europe,” said Manly. “I have had some fantastic opportunities over the past couple of years and have developed some really good relationships with my teammates who have become like a family to me.”
“I have big goals for the upcoming years and I am excited and thankful to be given the chance to chase my dreams with ORICA-SCOTT.”
Sport director Gene Bates spoke of Manly’s continued growth within the team and her targets for 2018.
“Alex has been a fantastic recruit for ORICA-SCOTT,” said Bates. “And again in 2017 we have seen a huge transformation in her maturity and contributions to the team. A stand out event for Alex this year was the Giro Rosa, where she was a key member of the team that supported Annemiek van Vleuten to third overall.”
“Next season Alex will continue to focus on both road and track commitments with her first major objective for 2018 coming at the track world championships in Holland. We really look forward to seeing Alex back in Europe racing in ORICA-SCOTT colours and we are excited about the upcoming season.”
Date of Birth: 28 February 1996 (21)
Place of birth: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Turned Pro: 2015
Joined ORICA-SCOTT: 2015
Top results at ORICA-SCOTT:
– 1st U23 National Championship Australia – Time Trial
– 1st U23 National Championship Australia – Road Race
– 3rd Giro d’Italia Internazionale Feminile – Stage 1 (TTT)
– Two-time junior track World Champion – (Individual and Team Pursuit)