Brett Lancaster of the Cérvelo TestTeam has become one of Thor Hushovd’s most trusted leadout-men, helping his team to victories in the Tour de France and Volta a Catalunya last year. But Lancaster can win in his own right too, as he proved in Santa Rosa on Monday.

Lancaster in gold at ATOC
Lancaster in gold at ATOC

Brett Lancaster of the Cérvelo TestTeam has become one of Thor Hushovd’s most trusted leadout-men, helping his team to victories in the Tour de France and Volta a Catalunya last year. But Lancaster can win in his own right too, as he proved in Monday’s stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California.

The 30-year-old, 6’2”, 175-pound Australian sprinter entered, and won, his first race at age 14 and never looked back. He began his career on the track, taking home the 2002 and 2003 world championship in the team pursuit. Lancaster won the gold medal in the same discipline at the 2004 Olympics, racing with Graeme Brown, Bradley McGee, and Luke Roberts. The team clocked a time of 3:58.233, good enough to break the world record at the time.

Lancaster began his professional road career with team iTeamNova.com in 2002, then moved to Ceramica Panaria-Navigare from 2003 to 2005.

He took his first professional victory in stage 3 of the 2004 Tour of Langkawi, crossing the line solo after a 150km breakaway. In 2005, Lancaster won the shortest Giro d’Italia prologue in history, covering 1.15km in just 1:20, making him the first ever Ceramica Panaria-Navigare rider to don the maglia rosa.

Lancaster signed on with Team Milram in 2006, moving to his current home at Cérvelo last season. He won the second major prologue of his career in the 2009 edition of the Deutschland Tour, and his win in California marks his first major non-prologue win as a professional.

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Brett Lancaster, Team Cervelo TestTeam
Lancaster in a team photo
Brett Lancaster in the 2005 Giro d'Italia prologue
Lancaster on his way to a Giro prologue win in 2005
Brett Lancaster and Mario Cippollini on the 2005 Giro d'Italia prologue podium
Lancaster, shown here meeting Mario Cippolini, wore the 2005 maglia rosa for one day.
Brett Lancaster in leader's jersey following stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California 2010
Lancaster in gold at ATOC