Australian cyclists Georgia Baker and Alex Manly have reaffirmed their commitment to Team Jayco AlUla by extending their contracts until the end of 2024. The team will be known as Liv AlUla Jayco next season. Both riders had initially parted ways with the squad to focus on track events at the Tokyo Olympics before making their road racing comebacks in 2022. Manly has since garnered several strong results, including a stage win at this year’s Tour Down Under and sweeping four stage wins along with the overall victory at the Thüringen Ladies Tour in 2022.
Baker has also notched up an impressive stage win at the Thüringen Ladies Tour and secured podium finishes in time trials at the esteemed Giro Donne and Tour de Suisse in 2022. On the track, the duo recently clinched a World Championships silver medal in the Madison event. Both riders are setting their sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics, intending to represent Australia once more.
Team Jayco AlUla General Manager, Brent Copeland, praised Baker and Manly for being key members who have melded road and track commitments efficiently. Copeland expressed excitement about their futures, stating he looks forward to “big things” from both riders as the team focuses on strengthening its women’s roster for 2024.
Manly described her return to the team as a homecoming. She attributed her best seasons yet to the support she has received from staff and teammates. Baker echoed similar sentiments, noting that she felt “at home” with the team and was excited about its future, especially in light of its merger with Liv. The extension of the contracts is in line with Team Jayco AlUla’s philosophy of nurturing Australian talent and aims to be an integral part of fortifying the women’s team for the years to come.