Date of Birth: 2nd October 1986
Nationality: Australian Year of birth: 1986
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 Kg
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Turned Pro: 2009
Joined ORICA-GreenEDGE: 2012
Mitchell Docker has been a work-in-progress for Australian cycling, and whilst not a product of the Australian Institute of Sport, he has spent plenty of time in the Australian colours.
The 2011 season saw the 25-year-old Victorian come of age, with great performances in the Spring Classics where he displayed maturity and strength that has been developing for several years.
He’s aiming to continue that evolution in 2012 in the colours of GreenEDGE and vie for greater honours in some of the year’s biggest events during the European spring. “I’m looking forward to doing the classics and the build-up to those races with events like Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico, which is racing I haven’t had in the past. It will be interesting to see how that extra race preparation helps my performance,” Docker said.
“But it won’t be easy to make our team for the classics. This year I was fifteenth at Paris-Roubaix but that doesn’t mean I’m a certainty to ride it next year.
And after three seasons with Pro Continental squad Skil-Shimano, Docker will be reunited with some of the riders with whom he has competed as part of the national team set up in previous seasons.
“I’m looking forward to riding with guys like Matt Goss and Simon Clarke, who I rode with and grew up with in the juniors, as well as the guys I’ve always looked up to like Robbie McEwen and Stuart O’Grady,” Docker said. “It will also be good to work with the staff, who understand the Australian mentality and to be able to speak Aussie slang at the dinner table.”
Docker believes the competition for places in GreenEDGE’s classics lineup will have a positive effect on the squad, including himself. “Having this sort of selection pressure is good. One of the things that make just about any sporting team successful is that it’s hard just to make the team. We’ll have that at GreenEDGE. It will be hard to make the cut.
An all-round Classics rider and valuable lead-out man for our fast men, Mitch is involved in many of the team’s sprint victories.
With a 2014 season highlighted by his contribution in the Giro d’Italia team time trial victory that placed teammate Svein Tuft in the pink leaders jersey, Mitch will contribute even further in 2015, including a specific focus on the Northern Classics.
Top 20 Results at ORICA-GreenEDGE:
- 2nd Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 2
- 8th Tour de Korea - Stage 2
- 9th Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - General Classification
- 12th Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 4
- 1st Giro d’Italia – Stage 1 (TTT)
- 3rd Vuelta a Espana – Stage 1 (TTT)
- 11th Herald Sun Tour – General Classification
- 11th Herald Sun Tour – Stage 1
- 12th Herald Sun Tour – Stage 2
- 17th Tour de Slovenie – Stage 1
- 3rd Tour of Beijing – Stage 2
- 6th Tirreno-Adriatico – Stage 1 (TTT)
- 8th Tour of California – Stage 1
- 9th Vuelta a Espana – Stage 1 (TTT)
- 11th Tour de Pologne – Stage 3
- 12th Vuelta a Espana – Stage 12
- 18th Trofeo Migjorn
- 20th Tour of Beijing – Points Classification
- 9th Vuelta a Espana – Stage 18
- 10th Vuelta a Espana – Stage 1 (TTT)