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Roberts to stay in Germany

Australia rider Luke Roberts is popular in Germany.

Australia rider Luke Roberts is popular in Germany. (Image credit: Florian & Susanne Schaaf)

By Bjorn Haake

Australian Luke Roberts will stay with German team Kuota-Senges for 2009. The team undergoes a slight change, with a new co-sponsor. The squad will be named Kuota-Indeland.

Roberts is currently racing Six Days events. He just completed the Zürich Six Days with Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland). "I plan to race the Six Days of Berlin in January," Roberts said to Cyclingnews.

His road season will commence in Spain, where the season opener for the team will be the Mallorca Challenge in February. This will give Roberts a good preparation for his season goals. "My major targets for the season will be my 'home' race, Rund um Köln and the Bayern Rundfahrt."

In the Bayern Rundfahrt, Roberts finished third in 2006, at 19 seconds. He was 12th this year, less than a minute behind winner Christian Knees of Milram.

Roberts lives near Cologne and has broken the top 10 in Rund um Köln several times, but not this year. The race had to be canceled due to snow.

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