Historic Overview Gene Bates
Gene Bates (born 4 July 1981 in Stirling) was an Australian cyclist, last riding for the Drapac Porsche Cycling. Bates is currently the directeur sportif for UCI Women's team Mitchelton–Scott since 2014.
Bates began his professional career in 2006 with the Italian team LPR Brakes. In 2003 Bates won the Australian Under 23 road championship, and he joined Crédit Agricole for a period as a stagiaire. This did not lead to a professional contract so he served a further period as a stagiaire for Saeco the following year. In the 2006 Tour Down Under he finished 5th overall. He also put in a strong showing at the Tour de Langkawi, finishing second in a stage behind Laurent Mangel.
After cycling professionally, worked as assistant team manager for Jayco-AIS in 2011. Bates was appointed as head cycling coach at the end of 2011 until 2013 for the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, and for 2012 and 2013 Bates was endurance coach for Cycling Australia's junior track team. From the start of 2014, Orica–AIS recruited Gene Bates as their DS as the team founding sports director Dave McPartland took up a role with the men's side of Orica–GreenEDGE.