FORMER Albury cyclist Dave McPartland has taken over as sport director of GreenEDGE.
McPartland, who retired from professional cycling in 2007, was promoted to the position after impressing in a similar role with the national women’s team.
“It was a huge surprise to be offered this position, and it’s a dream come true to move on to a WorldTour team,” McPartland said.
“I’m reasonably familiar with most of the management, staff and riders at ORICA-GreenEDGE, so I don’t feel like I’m going somewhere completely new.
“I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter for myself.”
McPartland’s association with the national team and the women’s program made him an obvious choice when general manager Shayne Bannan and national performance director Kevin Tabotta sought out an additional sport director for ORICA-GreenEDGE.
Bannan and Tabotta expressed their confidence in McPartland’s ability to thrive within Australia’s only WorldTour team.
“Dave has been an excellent contributor to Cycling Australia’s cycling programs over the past four years,” Tabotta said.
“I have watched his solid progress as both coach and team director, and I’m pleased to support his transition to this new role.
“Dave is a product of the CA coaching development system, including his start in the AIS scholarship coaching program.
“I’m confident Dave will continue to play an important part in the delivery of winning performances by Australian athletes at the international level.”
McPartland admits he will miss working with the women’s team after steering it to 38 victories.
“I’m really proud that I’ve been able to work with such a talented, diverse range of girls,” McPartland said.
“I’m thrilled with the results we’ve achieved over the last two years.
“Most new teams don’t have so much success from the start.”