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It's been an interesting off-season for Australian riders around the world of cycling with plenty of riders changing teams. Some will take on different roles, a lucky few make the step up to the World Tour, while it'll be the same job in a different kit for others.
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Cycling Central

27 Oct 2017 - 1:52 PM  UPDATED 27 Oct 2017 - 2:12 PM

Men's World Tour riders on the move

Mitchell Docker - Orica-Scott to Education First-Drapac

You would think that it would be the same mix of classics riding and domestique work for Docker. Will find a role in the leadout trains of Sacha Modolo and Dan McClay.

Docker signs one-year contract with Slipstream Sports
Australian, Mitch Docker has signed a one-year contract to race with Slipstream Sports in 2018 bringing experience and expertise to the cobbled classics season and the closing kilometres of fast finishes.

Simon Gerrans - Orica-Scott to BMC Racing

Is a late-career renaissance on the cards for Gerrans with a change of scenery? He didn't claim any UCI wins last season, but had six podium finishes and looks far from done as a force at World Tour level.

Gerrans to ride alongside Porte at BMC in 2018
Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans will join the BMC Racing in 2018 the team announced on Thursday.

Nathan Haas - Dimension Data to Katusha-Alpecin

Nathan Haas' move to Katusha-Alpecin seems like an odd one, as he was well-positioned with an Ardennes leadership role within Dimension Data. Best result was a 4th at Amstel Gold last year, he'll be looking for that elusive breakout win.

Haas transfers to Katusha-Alpecin
Australian Nathan Haas will ride in the red colours of Katusha-Alpecin for the next two seasons after spending a similar tenure at Dimension Data.

Lucas Hamilton - Neo-professional season with Orica-Scott (from Michelton-Scott)

The best of a very good generation of young talent coming through the Michelton-Scott development team, Hamilton's progress will be followed keenly. A climber who can time trial well and possesses a decent sprint.

Lucas Hamilton climbs to World Tour with Orica-Scott
Young Australian climber Lucas Hamilton will make the jump to the top level of professional cycling with Orica-Scott in 2018 after impressing while racing with the development arm of the GreenEDGE set up, Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Jai Hindley - Neo-professional season with Team Sunweb (from Michelton-Scott)

Hindley burst into the public's attention with an eye-catching second behind Damien Howson at the Herald Sun Tour. A climber who appears to excel particularly on the longer ascents.

Hindley flying high after summer of cycling
It was a coming of age for the young stars and a redemption for riders seeking a second chance as the KordaMentha Real Estate national team finished with five riders in the top eight of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Cameron Meyer - Returns to World Tour with Orica-Scott after last racing with Dimension Data in 2016

Meyer quit Dimension Data back in 2016 and appeared set for the cycling wilderness but made a strong return on the track and he's impressed in limited outings on the road at lesser races this year. He'll split his focus between the track and the road with the Commonwealth Games a focus for 2018.

Meyer returns to Orica-Scott with Tokyo in mind
Just over a year after suddenly leaving pro cycling, Australian star Cam Meyer is back with Orica-Scott.

Michael Storer -  Neo-professional season with Team Sunweb (from Michelton-Scott)

Youngster with a massive motor, Storer is the youngest of the riders from Michelton-Scott. Hard to know what sort of rider he'll excel as yet, certainly he's been a very good climber to date.

Heinrich Haussler - Bahrain-Merida to ???

Haussler has reached the end of his contract with Bahrain-Merida and after a few seasons struggling with injury, he may be hard pressed to find a team willing to take a punt on him. At his best, he can take good results in the cobbled classics and sprint on the more selective stages for the fast men, but it's been some time since he's shown that sort of form and retirement could be on the horizon.

Haussler weighs up racing future
Heinrich Haussler is set to weigh up his racing future after the UCI Road World Championships but is confident the titles in Norway will not double as the last battle of his pro cycling career.

Rory Sutherland - Movistar to UAE Team Emirates

The stalwart domestique is off for a change of scenery after three years doing the job for Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. The 35-year-old will almost certainly be employed in the same role for the likes of Dan Martin, Fabio Aru and Rui Costa.

Womens World Tour on the move

(N.B. there aren't actually Womens World Tour classified teams like the mens but rather top teams that regularly attend World Tour races)

Lucy Kennedy - Neo-professional season with Orica-Scott (from High5 Dreamteam)

Prodigiously talented climber from a middle-distance running background. She's been a force domestically and is proven against top opposition as well, taking third at the road nationals road race and winning the hilly Tour de l'Ardeche against European riders.

Lucy Kennedy stepping up to the WorldTour with Orica-Scott
Orica-Scott has confirmed Lucy Kennedy will ride with the team in 2018.

Lauren Kitchen - WM3 Energie to FDJ - NouvellAquitane - Futuroscope

Kitchen was stuck in a workhorse role this season, with the likes of Marianne Vos and Kasia Niewiadoma rightfully taking leadership roles. Kitchen was left off the Australian worlds squad on a course that would have suited her so she'll be hoping to get more opportunities to show her talent on the French squad.

Kendelle Hodges and Jessica Mundy- Colavita-Bianchi to ???

The collapse of Colavita-Bianchi has left Kendelle Hodges and Jessica Mundy in a tough position. After racing in the US for a few seasons now, they may be well-placed to pick up new contracts with teams over there, but there's been little news.

Shannon Malseed - Neo-professional season with ??? (from Holden Women's Racing)

Malseed is the current NRS champion, having secured the title at the recent Tour of Gippsland. She volunteered the news that she'll be heading overseas next year, though she didn't confirm the team.

Malseed finishes at NRS peak as overseas racing calls
Shannon Malseed said farewell to the domestic racing scene in Australia with a characteristically combative performance at the Tour of Gippsland to secure her overall National Road Series (NRS) leader's jersey.

Rachel Neylan - Orica-Scott to Movistar

Neylan is the established veteram of the Australian women's peloton and is racing in very good form at the moment. She was unlucky to be overlooked initially for the World championships and will be key to the new set-up at Movistar succeeding.

Neylan heads to Movistar
Australian Rachel Neylan will ride in 2018 for the newly created Movistar Women's WorldTour team.

Macey Stewart - Returns to the Womens World Tour with ???, last raced with Orica-Scott in 2015

Another rider who has a ride for next year, but is waiting on the announcement. Stewart will balance road ambitions with track commitments in her second go at World Tour level, despite being only 21 years old. Orica-Scott and Wiggle-High5 are probably two of the few teams that would be happy taking on an Aussie track rider for half a season or less.