Orica GreenEDGE have been a strong partnership for five years now and today it was announced that Orica would join GreenEDGE for one final year. The contract renewal will see Sam Bewley secure with the Australian based team for the final year of his contract.
In a year where Oleg Tinkoff will be among those to remove his sponsorship at the end of the year, sponsorship security is as always all important. Orica’s decision to extend their naming rights sponsorship for one final year will doubtless come as a delight to the 26-strong squad of riders plus staff, coaches and sports directors.
The decision extends to the Orica-AIS women’s team, who together with Orica GreenEDGE have won 23 UCI races so far in 2016. Principle among the team’s wins this season were four stages and the overall title in the Santos Tour Down Under and more recently the Queen of the Classics – Paris-Roubaix – courtesy of Matthew Hayman.
In a team statement released this afternoon, team owner Gerry Ryan OAM said, “We are really happy to continue another year with Orica and we are looking forward to keep on delivering results above expectations.”
Orica’s final year with the team in 2017 will give GreenEDGE a further 12 months to complete details around a new title sponsor for both the men’s and women’s professional cycling teams.
Orica’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Samantha Stevens, said, “Exiting the partnership after 2017 was not a decision made easily. However, given the more challenging environment facing the resource and mining services sectors, it is the appropriate for Orica at this time. We wish the teams all the best for the future, and we are confident that they will build on their significant successes on the UCI event calendar, providing many more positive branding benefits for current and future sponsors.”