Hayman transfers to Orica for 2014-15; Plaza, Lastras extend with Movistar

Aussie classics rider leaves Sky for his home-country team

Mathew Hayman as signed a two-year deal to join Orica-GreenEdge, the team announced on Wednesday.

Hayman has proven himself a reliable classics rider in recent seasons, working as a consistent domestique and finishing eighth at Paris-Roubaix in 2012. With Orica, the Australian will join one of the strongest classics teams in the peloton.

“I watched the team from the start,” Hayman said in a press release. “There was talk about it for five years leading up to getting a license and sponsors. I followed along the whole way. Watching it evolve and feeling the excitement in Australia to finally get a team it can support was great.”

After starting his professional career with Rabobank in 2000, Hayman has been with the British Sky team since its 2010 inception and was a key piece in the classics program the team tried to develop in 2013. Those efforts — which included a long altitude camp ahead of the northern classics — fell short, with the team’s top results coming in the form of Bernhard Eisel’s seventh place at Gent-Wevelgem and Ian Stannard’s sixth at Milano-Sanremo.

Orica director Matt White said he hoped Hayman, 35, would finish his career with his home-country team.

“With Mat, we get a lot of experience in a lot of different races and a great leader for our younger riders,” said White. “He’s crucial to a lot of things we want to achieve.”

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Plaza, Lastras extend with Movistar

In other transfer season news, 13-year pro Rubén Plaza and 16-year veteran Pablo Lastras have both extended with Movistar.

“Both are key pieces of the team, shining not only by individual merits but most notably due to their quality work for the team’s leaders,” the team said in a press release.”