Two new riders to Pegasus Sports, the organisation behind the aspiring Australian ProTour cycling team, to further boost its roster and its ProTour credentials for season 2011.
Buoyed by the announcement that Robbie McEwen and Svein Tuft will be joining the team in 2011, Pegasus Sports CEO Chris White confirmed the addition to the team of experienced Australians Luke Roberts and Trent Lowe.
“We are super-excited to have signed Luke and Trent“, says White. “They are key to our plans to build a leading ProTour team. They will contribute enormously to the team, both in terms of its uniquely Australian flavour and their abilities as bike riders. Luke and Trent are seasoned professionals, and they each bring something special to the team and will play key roles – Trent as a GC rider and Luke as an all-rounder.”
Luke Roberts is a former Olympic and World Champion with a strong track pedigree who has made a successful transition to the road and has carved out a highly successful career on the roads of Europe. As White explained, “Luke is one of the most versatile riders in the professional peloton. He provides a winning option in many types of races, from difficult one-day races through to week-long stage races. He has also proven to be a great team man, sacrificing himself for others – in this capacity, and with his vast track racing experience, he will prove to be a tremendous ally to Robbie McEwen in sprint finishes.”
Speaking about his decision, Roberts said, “I’ve been following the development of this team for some time, and to be part of the inaugural Australian professional cycling team in Europe is the opportunity of a lifetime and the crowning of my career. I’m also really excited at the prospect of working with Robbie McEwen in the sprint finishes – it’s going to be fun!”
Trent Lowe is a former Junior World Mountain Bike Champion who comes to the team with huge upside. White said, “In Trent we have an exceptional climber and a potential GC star. Trent’s past two seasons have been dogged by back luck and illness, however we saw at the 2008 Tour of Georgia what Trent is capable of. He’s a stage race winner waiting to break-out, and we believe we can provide the environment which will allow this to happen and for Trent to reach his potential.”
“I’m excited to be joining the Pegasus Sports program in 2011. It’s been a dream of mine to ride for an Australian professional cycling team in Europe, so I just can’t wait to get rolling with the team,” said Lowe.
The creation of the new team is still under development. More information, including official team rosters, will become available throughout September and October.