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Team Inform TM Insight Make have named Simon Gerrans their new pathways coordinator in a bid to strengthen their position as a launching pad to the WorldTour.
SBS Cycling Central

26 Nov 2020 - 4:59 PM 

Gerrans, one of the most decorated cyclists in Australian history, will look to enable the next generation to achieve their European dreams.

The 40-year-old retired from professional cycling at the back end of 2018 and is excited to get to work.

“I see so many talented young cyclists racing in Australia with huge potential, and who deserve the opportunity to take their racing to the next level,” Gerrans said.

“My role is to help give the riders on our team the right opportunity in Europe.

“And then, if they shine in that environment, they’ll turn professional.

“And I think what that will do is inspire so many young Australian cyclists, at a junior level and under-17 level, to want to join this team to be a part of that pathway to eventually turn professional.”

The appointment of Gerrans has come at an exciting time for the team Cam McKimm first established in 2014.

“Simon’s credibility in cycling is obvious and people will trust and respect him when he’s putting our young riders forward,” McKimm said.

“Our riders have a dream to make it to the WorldTour and we wanted to provide something real and tangible to help them really believe they’re a chance of getting there.

“To be part of helping them (the team’s riders) get there is a great feeling.”

Gerrans will also have the help of 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steele van Hoff on the road.