Mitchelton-SCOTT has confirmed the signing of Gent-Wevelgem U23 winner Jacob Hennessy for the upcoming 2018 season.
A successful 2017 season racing for the Great Britain U23 team saw 21-year-old Hennessy take his stand out win at the prestigious Gent-Wevelgem before moving on to an opening stage victory at the A Travers les Hautes de France-Trophee Paris-Arras and fifth place overall.
A talented future classics prospect, Hennessy has speed and stamina in abundance and revels in Northern European endurance racing.
“I’m super excited to be joining Mitchelton-SCOTT for the 2018 season,” said Hennessy. “This year they have shown exactly how strong a team they are, especially with some of their riders moving up to the WorldTour next year and the success they have had in some big races.”
“I would love to be able to follow that progression and this is a great place to try and do that. Obviously I want to win as many races as possible and to achieve that I need to be more consistent and the aim is to try and maintain good form and consistency from January through to October.
“I I would love to be able to focus on some of the early season Spring Classics, I really enjoy that style of racing and I’m really motivated to do well.”
Sport director James Victor spoke of the raw speed and potential Hennessy possesses as well as what will be expected in 2018.
“Throughout 2017 Jacob showed his potential as a strong, fast finisher,” said Victor. “He has been brought to the team to continue his development and also enhance our results and team profile through what we expect to be a busy 2018 season.”
“Covering both the Asian and European racing calendar, Jacob will be relied upon to chase important results for the team whilst allowing his finishing potential to continue to flourish in what has so far been a short career.
“Jacob is still a raw talent that we plan to develop with more exposure to sprint finishes and look to set him on the path of progression towards a WorldTour opportunity.”
Date of Birth: 10th August 1996 (21)
Place of Birth: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Turned Pro: 2017
- 1st Gent-Wevelgem U23
- 1st Trophee Paris-Arras – Stage 1
- 4th Grand Prix Priessnitz spa – Stage 1
- 5th Trophee Paris-Arras – General Classification
- 8th Trophee Paris-Arras – Stage 2
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