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Roberts signs on with Milram for 2010

By:
Richard Tyler
Published:
September 23, 2009, 17:25 BST,
Updated:
September 23, 2009, 18:27 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Australia rider Luke Roberts is popular in Germany.

Australia rider Luke Roberts is popular in Germany.

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Australian to return to ProTour after signing one-year deal

Luke Roberts will return to ProTour competition in 2010 after signing a one-year contract with Milram. Roberts has been recruited by the German squad in order to bolster their Classics roster and to provide support for the team's sprinters.

"I am very happy to have the chance to start next year in the ProTour with Team Milram," said Roberts. "I especially want to use my experience in the Spring Classics and I am sure that I can help the sprinters in the team."

Milram will be Roberts' third German team, after starting his career with ComNet-Senges in 2002. The 32-year-old Australian has been spent the past two seasons with the Continental team Kuota-Indeland. Prior to that, he raced for three years with Danish ProTour squad CSC.

A winner of an Olympic gold medal in the team pursuit in 2004, Roberts raced the Tour de France with CSC in 2005 and has also a number of victories on the road. He has taken stage wins at the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt, Drei-Länder Tour and last year at South Africa's Giro del Capo.

"We have hired a very versatile pro in Luke Roberts," said Milram Sports Director Raoul Liebregts. "He is an option for the difficult one-day spring races. He is also willing to do the important support work; especially in the lead-outs for Gerald Ciolek."

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