Promising British rider Luke Rowe has been snapped up by Team Sky for 2012. Rowe comes from the same Olympic Development Programme that produced the likes of Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh. The 21-year-old is currently racing in the Tour de l’Avenir. He joins Team Sky on a two-year deal.
“As a British rider, signing for Team Sky is a dream come true and I am very excited about what the next two seasons hold. I already know a lot of the guys in the team so I shouldn’t have any problems settling in. I’ve spoken to Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift, and they only have good things to say about how the team is run and the way they treat their riders,” Rowe said.
The Welshman first made a name for himself on the track and notched up two European Championship titles as a junior and the first of his three senior National Madison Championship crowns before he turned 19.
In 2010 he also tasted victory at the GP Sportivi di Poggiana and has gone from strength to strength this year by winning his second ZLM Tour title as well as a stage of the Thüringen Rundfahrt and three criteriums in Belgium.
The signing is an indication of Sky’s continued policy to develop talented British riders. On Sunday Alex Dowsett, a British Sky neo-pro won the British time trial championships. Team boss Dave Brailsford believes that Rowe’s potential marked him out as a possible signing for the team.
“Luke Rowe is one of this country’s outstanding prospects for the future. At Team Sky we are determined to ensure that the best British talent have the opportunity to compete at the highest level of our sport. We have watched him grow from a promising teenager into a well-rounded and gifted rider and are delighted to be able offer him his first professional contract.”