Australian track star Jack Bobridge is returning to the WorldTour in 2016, and he’ll do it with Trek Factory Racing. The team announced that it had signed the 26-year-old time trial specialist late on Monday.
“First of all I’m really excited to join a new team,” said Bobridge, who is leaving the Budget Forklifts team. “I heard great things about Trek Factory Racing and I know a couple of the guys here. This team is really supportive of their riders and gives back a lot. That’s great. For Trek to give me another go at the WorldTour and race the big races in Europe, that’s just fantastic. I’m excited to be able to do that again and I’m very motivated to try my best and have some good results. To be a part of such a well-known team is going to be another great experience.”
Bobridge rode in the WorldTour from 2010-2014, first with Garmin, then for one year with Orica-GreenEdge, and finally with the Belkin team. He opened the 2015 WorldTour season with a victory in stage 1 of the Tour Down Under in January, holding off the peloton from a four-rider breakaway. He also managed a bronze medal at the Australian National Time Trial Championships.
On the track, Bobridge is very decorated, winning a series of world championships and national titles in both the team and individual pursuit. On the road he won the U23 world time trial championships, was the national U23 champion on the road and the time trial, and won the elite title in 2011. That year, he was fifth in the elite world time trial championships.
Besides an emphasis on time trials and prologues, Bobridge will focus on the track as he prepares the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I can’t wait for the new season,” he continued. “It’s an Olympic year and my track commitments are a massive goal for mine. But also on the road I want to represent Trek and I’ll strive to have the best result for the team.”