Cycling academy rider to join BMC Racing Team for rest of season
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.
STRONG RIDERS: Freddy Ovett and Cameron Scott.