Posted by Editoress on 08/9/17
Orica-Scott are pleased to announce the re-signing of Canadian Svein Tuft for 2018 season.
The ten-time national time trial champion has been with the Australian team since its inception in 2012 and is looking forward to returning next year for his seventh season with the squad.
Having celebrated his 40th birthday this season whilst racing at the Giro d'Italia, Tuft is the oldest member of the team and has enjoyed watching Orica-Scott grow over the years.
Svein Tuft on his way to his 10th national title
2015 Leader of the Giro
He believes he still has a lot to learn and is excited to remain with the team for another year.
"Orica-Scott has been my home for the last six years," Tuft explained. "I've seen the team grow and adapt into the grand tour general classification contending team that it is now."
"As the team has been changing, I've also been adapting and growing and I still have things to learn. I enjoy this process and it keeps you young as a rider."
The Canadian powerhouse has a wealth of knowledge and experience under his belt, having raced 11 Grand Tours and is looking forward to helping the up and coming younger riders in 2018.
"The choice was easy after riding the Giro d'Italia this season, being part of that great group of people leaves me wanting more," Tuft continued.
"Helping the young guys excel and learn gives me a great satisfaction. Helping these guys at the big tours will be my motivation next year and as always, trying to win the world championship team time trial.
"Orica-Scott is my second family and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else."
Sport director Matt White acknowledges Tuft as a valuable asset to the team - a committed, versatile rider and a great role model for his younger developing teammates.
"Svein is loving what he is doing and as long as he is loving what he is doing and performing the way he is, he certainly has a home here," said White. "Age is no barrier with Svein. We've seen that this year at 40 years of age, he is certainly performing at the highest of levels."
"He is rock solid. He is hard as nails. He is a great example for the young guys. He just gets on with the job in all terrains and all races so he is the guy you can take anywhere and you know what you get.
"He is someone for our young guys to look up to with his work ethic and commitment to the team."
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