Hamilton signs new Mitchelton-Scott deal

Ian Chadband
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Lucas Hamilton, one of Australian cycling's brightest young talents, has signed a new extended contract with Mitchelton-Scott until the end of 2022.

The 24-year-old Hamilton, who earned his first World Tour victory on stage four of the Tirreno-Adriatico race this year, has been earmarked as the Australian team's next general classification leader.

Hamilton has scrapped his existing contract for a new, extended version for the second consecutive year following his excellence at the Tirreno-Adriatico where he helped teammate Simon Yates secure the overall title.

With the departure of Mitchelton-Scott's current leader Adam Yates to the British team Ineos and with the emergence of younger general classification leaders, Hamilton will become one of his team's main men over the next two seasons.

"It really instils a lot of confidence in me that I can extend before my contract is up and means I can just focus on the job at hand," said Hamilton.

"I always really enjoyed racing with Adam and learnt a lot from the way he races. It's sad to see him go but I think it does open some doors for me to take on more leadership roles and really try for bigger results in bigger races.

"I think the sport this year has shown that guys around my age and younger are starting to be the winners more often than not and it does give me a lot of motivation."

Hamilton is just one of three 24-year-old Australians to have been impressing on the roads of Europe this summer.

Team Sunweb's Jai Hindley finished second in the Giro d'Italia, while Ben O'Connor has been signed by AG2R Citroen on a one-year deal after.also winning his first grand tour stage at the Giro.

Matt White, Mitchelton-Scott's head sport director, said: "We see a big future with Lucas as a leader in this team.

"He is definitely a guy that has the potential and is going to lead us in three-week race."