Road: Australian team Orica-AIS refer now Emma Johansson for her experience and her aggressive riding style.
“I’ve always wanted to compete for a big team,” said Johansson.
The reigning Swedish champion on both road and pace are expected to add depth and leadership to the team which is now starting its second season.
– Emma is a cyclist who we have watched for a while, and we have been impressed by her aggressive riding style. She is one of the best in different kinds of terrain during the season, and she is also important for our younger racers, “said sporting director David McPartland.
As Judith Arndt has retired from cycling and Orica-AIS, team managers hope now that Jack will guide the younger, less experienced skiers.
“We are an Australian team with many younger skiers who have not been exposed to the European, tough and stressful competitions from an early age. The luxury of having a cyclist of Emmas caliber can narrow the gap and accelerating the acklimatiseringsprocessen of our talented Aussies. We are very excited to now have Emma and her experience, explains McPartland.
For Jack was the choice to join the Orica-AIS easily.
“I’ve always wanted to compete for a big team. Previously, I have chosen to run for small teams where I also took on a major role in the interior work, instead of just focusing on the sport. Now is the right time for a big team, “said Johansson.
“When I thought about the larger law stood Orica-AIS. The girls here are working well together, and they have shown that they are not afraid to take risks to win big. Their way to race suits me, and my heart said this was correct. The team stands on solid foundation, and it is a bonus that is also backed by the men’s team and the Australian Federation, says Johansson.
When asked about her personal goals for the upcoming season, Jack mentions his commitment to the team:
“I want to win races. It doesn’t really matter who wins-if it’s me or a teammate. I just want to see us win. As competition stands Flanders more than others. It is near my base during the season, and it’s one my favorites. It is a competition I hope to win in my career.
But the bike is not just about competitions and results.
“I want to have fun on my bike, and I want to enjoy it all over again. It’s something I hope to achieve. After the World Cup, I had the opportunity to spend two days with some of my new teammates. We had a lot of fun together. I think this will be a good year on the way, says Johansson.
“I look forward to the start of the season. I am really motivated to go down to Australia and start racing again.
In addition to Olympic silver in Beijing 2008 expects Jabbar a världscupcseger at the Ronde van Drenthe, second place at the La Flèche Wallonne and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, as well as overall victory in Thüringen Rundfahrt as its most notable achievements. She finished the season 2012 as third best cyclist in the world on the UCI world rankings for women.