Oct 5th, ’15. After his biggest season in Orica GreenEDGE colours it has been confirmed that Sam Bewley is to remain with the Australian outfit for another two years. Orica GreenEDGE have embarked on a number of changes to their team, but Bewley is one of the riders cited as worth holding on to after a great 2015 season.
Sam Bewley in action during this year’s Giro d’Italia, the race where he took his first World Tour win, photo SirottiOct 5th, ’15.
After his biggest season in Orica GreenEDGE colours it has been confirmed that Sam Bewley is to remain with the Australian outfit for another two years. Orica GreenEDGE have embarked on a number of changes to their team, but Bewley is one of the riders cited as worth holding on to after a great 2015 season.
Injury had hampered Sam for much of his time with Orica GreenEDGE. Since 2012 when he joined the brand new team he’s been plagued by a number of setbacks; but has recovered from each of them. This year though he has succeeded in riding injury free and in doing so has shown what he is capable of as a domestique for sprinters and GC contenders alike. “This has been my best season so far,” Bewley said. “I’ve had a year without interruptions and injuries and that has made a big difference.”
“[Being injury free has] given me the chance to be more consistent with my training and develop and improve certain aspects so I can be a more all-rounded rider and do my job in this team to a higher standard,” he explained.
Sam’s breakthrough 2015 season saw him get the call up to the national team for the World Championships in Richmond, photo Sirotti
By far the highlight of the season was his win in the Giro d’Italia team time trial. Going in with the pressure on as defending team time trial winners from last year’s Giro, Orica GreenEDGE showed again that they could withstand the attention that the fans and other teams were paying them. It was Sam’s first World Tour win and one that will stay long in the memory. “Winning the team time trial at the Giro was a big highlight for me. Winning a team’s event in an organisation like this is a special feeling; it’s the reward of hard work from a lot of a different people not just the nine guys riding the bikes.”
Bewley, who will finish his season at the Abu Dhabi Tour starting Thursday, provides his biggest value as a worker at ORICA-GreenEDGE, a role he is eager to continue developing over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. “I am very excited to have two more years in this team,” he said. “Riding for this team feels to me what professional sport should be, you work hard but you have fun as well and that creates an environment that everyone wants to be involved in and with that comes success on the bike.”
Sam’s work ethic has gone far from unnoticed by the Orica GreenEDGE team as he gets set for a further two years with the squad, photo Sirotti
One thing Sam is looking forward to as he gets set for another two years with Orica GreenEDGE is the opportunity to branch out with a more diverse portfolio of events. “It gives me the opportunity to do some new things, some different races and keep improving in my role. I work hard for the leaders at races and it’s a job I get a lot of satisfaction from and want to continue to do that well,” he said. That said, don’t be surprised if you see Sam on the attack here and there too. ““I also feel like it’s time to take a few of my own chances. Everyone has their time in this team and it’s up to the rider to take those opportunities. I would like to do that also.”
Sport director Matt White said it had been pleasing to see Sam’s progression after a tough start with the outfit. “It’s been good to see Sam’s continual development,” White said. “He had a rough start with the team, always having injuries or things that restricted him from fulfilling his development through the season.”
Here’s to further success in seasons 2016 and 2017! Will we see Sam on the top step of World Tour podiums again in the coming years? I wouldn’t bet against it, photo Sirotti
Although he didn’t specify what, White did indicate that another three-week trip will be on the cards for Sam Bewley, who has completed grand tours in Italy and Spain so far. He also suggested that his attention may lean slightly further towards the fast finishers; where this season he proved invaluable in his support of Caleb Ewan in the Tour de Langkawi for example. “I expect him to keep developing even more over the next couple of years with us,” White said. “He has ridden a Giro d‘Italia and a Vuelta a Espana with us now. He will be back with a Grand Tour again next year, whilst also fitting into that group around our sprinters as well.