Aussie Brett Lancaster is retiring from pro cycling after closing out a four-year stint with the Orica-GreenEdge outfit. The 36-year-old won’t be leaving cycling altogether, however. He’ll join Team Sky as a sport director in the coming year.
“I’m very excited. It’s a big move and I think you have to adapt from being a professional cyclist to being a sports director,” Lancaster said in a statement from Team Sky. “There’s a lot to take on board and it’s been pretty intense, but I’m over the moon.”
This past season was his 13th year as a pro after starting his career in 2003 with Italian team Panaria-Fiordo.
“Having the opportunity to join an Australian professional team and finish my career there was definitely a dream come true,” Lancaster said in an Orica press statement. “Just lining up in the Tour de France in that first year was amazing to be part of, but to be a part of the team time trial win and having Simon Gerrans in yellow in 2013 was incredible.”
Over his career, Lancaster also helped Orica win two team time trials in the Giro d’Italia and earned one prologue victory for himself in 2005. On the track, he won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in the team pursuit.