Mathew Hayman leaves Team Sky to sign two-year contract with Orica-GreenEDGE
Last Updated: 24/08/13 4:00pm
Mathew Hayman: Leaving Team Sky after four seasons
Mathew Hayman has signed a two-year contract with Orica-GreenEDGE from next season after leaving Team Sky.
The 35-year-old joins up with his fellow countrymen at the Australian-registered squad after four years riding for Team Sky.
An experienced rouleur and classics specialist, Hayman - who has ridden just a single Grand Tour during his tenure with Sky - has cited a potential Tour de France selection as one of the reasons for the move.
"It will be a lot of hard work to make the team, but I am motivated to make it happen," Hayman said in a team press release.
A consistent campaigner in the Spring Classics with a host of top-10 finishes to his name at races including Paris-Roubaix - Hayman will look to continue with his early-season objectives in his new team colours.
"I really enjoy the Classics - they are where I get my best results," he added. "My major focus will be to get the most out of the Classics in the next two years. I'd like to bring all my years of experience together and hope that I'm at the pointy end for all of them.
"I've snuck onto the podium a few times myself in the Classics. That's been an important achievement as well. Next year I hope to do more sneaking onto the podium."
Following in the footsteps of compatriot Simon Gerrans at the start of the 2012 season, Hayman also thanked Team Sky on departure from the team.
"I have had a great four years at Sky. It was a wonderful experience, and I learned heaps."