Roberts re-ups with Saxo Bank
Australian veteran Luke Roberts will stay with Saxo Bank-SunGard through the 2012 season in what will be his fifth year with the team.
The 34-year-old Roberts was part of the Danish based team from 2005-2007, and returned in 2011 after the closure of Australian team Pegasus.
As a track rider Luke Roberts won an Olympic gold medal in 2004, and amongst other wins on the road are stage victories in Tour Down Under and Tour of Murcia.
“I’m extremely grateful and happy to be able to continue to work with Bjarne Riis and his staff,” Roberts said in a team release. “My first goal of the season will be Tour Down Under. I finished inside top 10 in the GC the last two years without really ideal preparation. So now to be able to prepare and focus on that race, and the fact that it has a mountain top finish that could take some of the sprinters out of the GC, is my chance of a top result. For sure I will be looking at getting a score on the board there. Then I would be keen on riding a grand tour again.”
Team boss Bjarne Riis said Roberts brings valued depth and experience to the team.
“Luke has been solid throughout the season and yet again shown he is both a strong and versatile rider that the team can rely on in all kinds of races,” Riis said. “At the same time he brings important experience and great spirit, so I’m pleased he has agreed to stay with us for another season.”