Ben O'Connor extends contract with Team Dimension Data
May 31 2018 11:50 am CET

Ben O'Connor extends contract with Team Dimension Data
Ben O'Connor extends contract with Team Dimension Data
Team Dimension Data

Australian Ben O'Connor has extended his contract with Dimension Data, having signed a new deal that keeps him at the team until 2020.

Connor recently showed his abilities in the Giro d'Italia, where only a late crash kept him from securing a good result.

"We're really happy to have Ben continue his career and development at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka," said Team Principal Douglas Ryder. "He has been such an amazing addition to the team. Ben is a rider who knows what he wants, pays incredible attention to the detail in the races he rides, leverages the mentorship we have in our team both on and off the bike and takes a leadership role when the opportunity presents itself.

"His maturity is way beyond his years and he sets an example of what is possible when you embrace all at your disposal whilst having fun doing it. Bicycles change lives."

The rider joined Dimension Data last year and is happy to spend more time at the African outfit.

"I am excited to have signed a new contract with Team Dimension Data. I have made some good friends here, with the riders and staff, and I really get along well with everyone. When you already have that trust established, I don't think it's a great idea to just jump from one team to another.

"Dimenson Data is a great fit for me. Here we have the ability to actually race the race, and that freedom allows you to learn and grow in a professional environment. This system really works for me so it is a great fit. I'm also happy to be able to show loyalty to the team that believed in me initially, and gave me that opportunity."

O'Connor's performance at the Giro d'Italia allowed him to look at new goals in the future, with the youth classification of grand tours moving to the top of his priorities.

"The Giro was massively disappointing for me, in the end, but it opened my eyes to more defined goals. I am a GC rider, and a grand tour white jersey is definitely right up there on top of my list of goals now, a goal I look forward to chasing with Team Dimension Data."




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