HORSHAM cycling star Mark O’Brien has signed with Tasmanian-based team Huon-Genesys.
The move will see O’Brien’s return to Australia after racing with European team Raleigh this year.
“I approached Genesys earlier in the year because I wasn’t having the best time over in Europe,” he said.
“I have had contact with them in the past and they have a reputation of turning riders professional over the past few seasons.
“They seem to get the best out of their riders and I am hoping that is the case with me.
“It was good they showed faith in me.”
The leading Australian UCI Continental team, which announced O’Brien’s signing on Monday, also drafted Neil van der Ploeg, Scott Law, Mitchell Lovelock-Fay and Taylor Gunman for the 2014 season.
O’Brien will compete at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in January before heading to Asia.
“I am hoping for a good ride at the nationals – I am always competitive but I want to step onto the podium,” he said.
“I think I’ll get a lot of opportunities with Genesys and I want to be able to show people what I can achieve.
“I want to show people that I am not done with.”
O’Brien said he would be well-supported by the Huon-Genesys team.
“I know everyone in the team quite well – I have raced against them so I know what everyone will bring to the team,” he said.
“When you are mates with the riders it makes it easier to fully-commit to each other.
“I think we will work well together and hopefully the team will be able to win the national road series for the fifth year running.”