Lawless can’t wait to start racing and believes the month-long block of racing and training Down Under will stand him in good stead.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to starting the season at the Tour Down Under. It will be the fourth time I’ve been out to Australia to race. Last winter was the only one I’ve missed out on since I turned under-23 and I seemed to miss it quite a lot.
“It’s always good to get out there and do a training block around the races – you get guaranteed good weather nearly every day. It’s a nice place to start the season. The roads are quick, rolling, and it makes it easy to get a lot of work done.”
Dibben hopes the group can hit the ground running in Adelaide and build some momentum to take through the season.
He said: “The average age of the team will be really young. There is a real young group and it should be good to build together, taking that momentum forward. You progress as a group and hopefully keep going higher.”
Sport Director Brett Lancaster has been tasked with marshalling the team in his native Australia and is excited about working with the youthful crop.
“It’s a really young and exciting team and we’re keen to see how these guys develop,” he said.
“We’ll be gunning to try and take a stage win. We’ve got Kristoffer as our lead sprinter. His form is a bit unknown coming straight from Norway and stepping off the plane into temperatures of close to 40 degrees.”