• Mathew Hayman has extended his relationship with Orica-GreenEDGE (Sirotti)Source: Sirotti
Australia's Mathew Hayman will in all likelihood see out his road career at Orica-GreenEDGE after signing a new two-year contract with the team.
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Cycling Central

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Orica-GreenEDGE
26 Oct 2015 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 26 Oct 2015 - 11:02 AM

After 15 years of toil Hayman is a highly regarded domestique in world cycling circles, and at 37, the new deal is likely to be has last when it comes to turning the pedals in anger.

He joined the Australian outfit in 2013 after a decade at Rabobank and several seasons with Team Sky.

“I have been here (Orica-GreenEDGE) two years now and it was a big move to come but I have really enjoyed my time so far,” Hayman said. “I have been a part of some great wins and for me it wasn’t a hard decision to return again.”

“I don’t think when I turned professional I thought there would ever be an Australian team, certainly not at this level. It’s exciting, it’s young and it’s dynamic so hopefully I have something to add to that.

“We have a really good mix of guys now and we seem to be able to win on all fronts and all terrains and that’s exciting.”

The contract will see his tenure at Orica-GreenEDGE rise to four years and beyond that will probably lie a posting as a team director given his current on-road role in mentoring a suite of talented riders.

“I still get excited about riding the Belgian Classics,” Hayman said. "If you don’t have any personal ambition it’s hard to do all the training.”

“The Classics are tough and it’s really tough to get onto the podium. In the next two years I hope I can have a stellar year and achieve that.

“I am still ambitious for my own results but I take a lot of satisfaction out of helping the young guys and I hope that they enjoy it and take it all onboard too.”

Commenting on the re-signing, sport director Matt White acknowledged Hayman's value to ORICA-GreenEDGE in helping develop riders like Esteban Chaves and the Yates (Simon and Adam) brothers.

‘Mat is one of the most experienced guys still racing,” White said. “Next year will be his 16th season as a professional so he obviously has a wealth of knowledge.”

“We have been in little bit of a transitional phases with a lot of the older guys coming to the end of their career but with the role that Mat plays, it’s crucial that he is around the young guys to pass that knowledge and information on.

“The Flemish Classics are a personal passion of his and that’s not going to stop. I think he has some un-ticked boxes up there, especially with something like Paris-Roubaix and again the knowledge he has is invaluable for that group around him there.”