Hayman to remain with Mitchelton-Scott in non-riding role

Mat Hayman, who will retire as a rider following the 2019 Tour Down Under in January, will take on a new, non-riding role with Mitchelton-Scott, the team has reported.

The 40-year-old announced his retirement in September after 19 seasons as a pro, during which time he won the Sachsen-Tour International stage race in 2005 while riding for Rabobank, and the 2011 Paris-Bourges one-day race for Team Sky.

However, after joining his current team in 2014 – then known as Orica-GreenEdge – the biggest win of his career came at one of the world’s biggest races: in 2016 at Paris-Roubaix.

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“Seventeen times I raced from Compiègne to Roubaix and every single time it was an amazing day, but in 2016 I lifted a (surprisingly heavy) cobble above my head. It was the single proudest moment in my sporting career, a culmination of all the trying, learning and never quitting,” he said of winning the race.

The new role with Mitchelton-Scott “will allow him to experience all aspects of the business side of the sport; including mentoring, directing and technical advising, as well as sponsorship and marketing”, the team’s press release said.

““There were times that I did think I could walk away from the sport, but in some ways I think who am I to give away this knowledge without helping someone?” Hayman said. “Not only will that help me go from athlete to the normal world, but I think I can help make a different to the careers of some young riders, too.

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