Cy­cling academy rider to join BMC Rac­ing Team for rest of sea­son

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ACA-Ride Sun­shine Coast’s Freddy Ovett will join BMC Rac­ing Team as a sta­giaire for the re­main­der of the 2018 sea­son.

The of­fer comes off the back of his im­pres­sive form this year, in­clud­ing a top-10 plac­ing at July’s Tour of Qing­hai Lake, China.

“Join­ing BMC Rac­ing Team for the last half of the year is quite sim­ply a dream come true,” he said.

“It’s a team I’ve been very fond of since I started cy­cling and I’m very hum­bled to be given this op­por­tu­nity by the team. It’s ex­cit­ing to be a part of one of cy­cling’s big­gest pro­fes­sional teams and I’m look­ing to learn­ing as much as pos­si­ble within this time pe­riod.”

The son of Olympic 800-me­tre gold medal­list Steve Ovett, Freddy was a long-dis­tance run­ner at Ore­gon State Univer­sity be­fore mov­ing to road cy­cling due to an in­jury four years ago.

The 24-year-old is based on the Sun­shine Coast and at­tends the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast.

But he can now look for­ward to getting valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence at the World Tour level, BMC Rac­ing Team Gen­eral Man­ager Jim Ochow­icz said.

“The sta­giaires will have a di­verse race pro­gram with us and will be able to learn from some of the most ex­pe­ri­enced riders in the pelo­ton, start­ing with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah this month,” he said.

“Freddy im­pressed this year at the Her­ald Sun Tour so we are ex­cited to see what he can do in the up­com­ing races.

“We ob­vi­ously have a strong con­nec­tion to Aus­tralian riders so it is good to wel­come some young ta­lent to BMC Rac­ing Team to race along­side some of Aus­tralia’s most well known riders; Ro­han Den­nis, Si­mon Gerrans, Richie Porte, and Miles Scot­son.”

ACA direc­tor Ben Ker­sten said cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties like this one for Ovett were ex­actly what the un­der-23 devel­op­ment team was all about.

The team had an im­pres­sive show­ing at Qing­hai Lake tour.

Twenty-year-old Cameron Scott claimed a stage vic­tory in a sprint fin­ish at Bird Islet, af­ter 235km of rac­ing at al­ti­tude.

Ker­sten also praised the other ACA team riders at the Tour of Qing­hai Lake. They helped con­trib­ute to the high-tempo pace to force a split late in stage 5 of 13.

Scott was de­lighted to claim vic­tory af­ter 5hr 51min, in which he over­came a Hors Cat­e­gory climb early in pro­ceed­ings.

“Very happy,” he said in an ACA press re­lease. “It’s my first big tour stage win, so can’t ask for much more than that.

“I made the front and had a cou­ple of team­mates up there. It was pretty messy in the fi­nal but we stayed out of trou­ble.”

It’s one of the big­gest vic­to­ries on the road for ACA since they were launched late last year.

They had a seven-man team at the race, with Scott and ex-Tour de France rider Leigh Howard joined by Freddy Ovett, Michael Pot­ter, Toby Or­chard, Ash­ley Mackay and Jono No­ble.

Ker­sten said the team had now been in­vited to another race in Ja­pan.

PHOTO: @ JACK­SON LAW

STRONG RIDERS: Freddy Ovett and Cameron Scott.

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