TASMANIAN cyclist Grace Sulzberger is following older brother Wes by joining national team ORICA.
After two seasons racing for the AIS, the 24-year-old was yesterday named among the 11 riders in the ORICA-AIS squad for 2014.
``So happy to sign with @Orica-GreenEDGE can't describe how proud I am to join my new family!'' Sulzberger tweeted from Canberra where she is undergoing rehabilitation from a broken leg sustained in a crash in Europe earlier this year.
Tasmanian Institute of Sport coach Gene Bates, who will soon leave the state to join the GreenEDGE team, said Sulzberger's selection was well deserved.
``It's been a very tough year for her but during that time she showed consistency and got some outstanding results,'' he said.
``She had a very nasty crash which she is still rehabilitating from but should be able to resume racing in April or May.''
Technical director Martin Barras said he was delighted to see Sulzberger follow the path paved by her brothers Bernie and Wesley to the sport's elite level.
``We are pleased to welcome Grace into our fold,'' Barras said.
``Although her season was cut short with a nasty injury when she fractured her femur shortly before worlds, she demonstrated the know-how and consistency we crave in a developing rider. I foresee a very fruitful future for her in the sport.''
Swede Emma Johansson returns as the team leader after ending the season ranked as the number one female rider in the world with a silver medal in the world championship road race.
Dutchwoman Loes Gunnewijk shares the leadership role in a team also featuring Australian champions Gracie Elvin, Shara Gillow and Amanda Spratt plus Melissa Hoskins and Nettie Edmondson, who both medalled at the track world championships in Belarus in February.
Barras believed his team will continue to build upon the success achieved during its first two seasons with options for the cobbled classics, flat finishes and hilly terrain.
``We're very motivated to challenge for the world title in the team time trial as well,'' he said. ``The squad we've assembled is more than capable of meeting these goals.''