Australian Pro-Continental team Drapac have completed its 19-rider roster for 2015 with the signings of Graeme Brown and Cameron Peterson. Brown has spent the last nine seasons with the Rabobank and Belkin set up, operating as a sprinter and lead-out man.
"After 13 years of racing in Europe I'm really excited to start a new chapter of my life with a new team," the two-time Olympic gold medallist said. "Coming back and racing in Australia for an Australian team is something that I've always wanted to do, and this opportunity has come up at the perfect time.
"As far as my role in the team goes I am really motivated to get really good a sprint train on track, and to help share the experience that I've picked up with these young riders," added Brown who has numerous stage wins at the Tour de Langkawi and Tour Down Under.
Brown added the the philosophy of team owner Michael Drapac was another reason to sign on the dotted line for 2015.
"I've also been impressed by Michael's philosophy of helping riders beyond their racing careers, with things like the transition program which looks at helping riders outside of their racing, " he said. "This is something that is unique to the team and I think is very important for a lot of riders to have access to."
Drapac team manager Jonathan Breekveldt welcomed Brown to the team, explaining the 35-year-old's knowledge or racing and winning would be a big boost to its sprinting ambitions.
"Graeme brings a wealth of experience to the team, which will be invaluable as we strive to build a squad that is focused on specific targets throughout the year where we believe we have the potential to mix it with the very best in the world," Breekveldt said. "The team took seventeen wins this year, eight of which were taken by Wouter [Wippert] in sprints. We feel that by bringing in Graeme, and by improving the quality of our program we will be able to achieve a great deal more in 2015."