Nicholas ‘Nick’ Schultz. Brisbane roots. Australian made.
What about him?
Nick joined the Academy from French top amateur team CR4C Roanne. The time spent in France showed his potential for GC; his data told us we were dealing with a great talent here. It was just a matter of development to help this rider move up.
How did he perform?
He was super solid from the start, but made a big entrance in the world of cycling by winning Tour de Bretagne’s last stage. That made Nick realise he had the talent to make it and not just us telling him. With great performances at races such as Ronde de l’Isard (3rd on Plateau de Beille) and Oberosterreich Tour (2nd in GC), Nick kept on progressing. Slowly but surely, he became one of the best U23 riders in the world, barely missing any GC top 10. As result of that progress, he had his absolute highlight as U23 rider by winning the queen stage at the Tour de l’Avenir, finishing solo at the top of the cat.1 climb to Valmeinier.
What was next after the Academy?
Early season results caused interest and the Australian flagship WorldTour team Orica-Scott asked Nick to join as trainee at the end of the season. While this was an honour, it was also a move without any commitment for the following year. Before Orica’s phone call, Spanish pro team Caja Rural had already shown interest in Nick. Famous for picking young talents and giving them the room to develop at the highest level, Caja Rural ended up not being a difficult decision for Nick. Still, he used the traineeship at Orica to learn what it is like to be in the WorldTour. Because that will happen for sure.