• Loren Rowney (front) will ride with the Australian based Orica-AIS team in 2016 (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Rising Australian rider, Loren Rowney, will make the move from Velocio-SRAM to Orica-AIS for 2016.
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Cycling Central

9 Oct 2015 - 10:00 AM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2015 - 10:02 AM

The two-time Route de France stage winner was born in South Africa before moving to Australia at eight years old.

After launching her professional cycling career with Velocio-SRAM, the 26-year-old has recorded stage results at the Trophee d’Or Feminin, Tour of New Zealand and Feminin International de l’Ardeche, performances Orica-AIS are confident she can continue.

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Having raced with some of the Australian outfit's crucial members, including at the recent world championships in Richmond, Rowney says she is looking forward to contributing to their renowned style of racing.

“I've raced with, but mostly against these girls my whole career, so I feel the transition will be pretty smooth. The team has such an awesome dynamic, quite often at races I find myself gravitating towards the Aussie table to engage in some banter.

“To say I'm pumped about finally being team-mates with this crew is an understatement. I really enjoyed my time with Velocio-SRAM and learnt so much. I'm the professional I am today because of that team, however, there's always been a part of me that wanted to be on an Aussie team.

“Orica-AIS has always had a really aggressive approach in their racing style. I've always liked and respected that in their style of racing, so I look forward to testing myself more in those race situations where you just have a go and see what happens.” - Loren Rowney

Having targeted Rowney for a number of seasons, sport director Gene Bates is looking forward to welcoming Rowney into the team, and seeing what she is capable of when working with an already strong roster.

“We are really pleased to be able to have Loren on the team next year, we've been looking at her for the last couple of years,” Bates said.

“She’s been riding with many of our girls in various teams and races. We know already that she is going to fit in great and she is already starting to make her mark in the team with her interactions already.

“Loren is a very versatile rider and we probably haven’t seen that come out in the last year or two. We think she has a lot more to offer than what we’ve seen. She’s had some good wins from small groups but also a top 20 at Het Nieuwsblad, which also highlights her ability over a one-day classic.”

Rowney echoes Bates in her ambitions for her opening season with Orica-AIS.

“For me I do best in a small break away or reduced bunch at the finish,” Rowney said. “I really want to be good in the spring. The classics are my favourite type of race, so it's a big goal to have a good start to the year, go into races like Het Nieuwsblad and be at the pointy end of the race to contest the finish.”