Australian Graeme Brown is going home, leaving the European peloton behind for next season in favor of Drapac Professional Cycling.
The Pro Continental squad competes in Australian races and some international events, and Brown’s first race in his new kit will be the Australian national championships, scheduled for Jan. 7-11.
Brown won two track cycling gold medals at the 2004 Olympics, in the team pursuit and the Madison.
“After 13 years of racing in Europe I’m really excited to start a new chapter of my life with a new team,” the 35-year-old Brown said in a team press release. “Coming back and racing in Australia for an Australian team is something that I’ve always wanted to do, and this opportunity has come up at the perfect time.
“As far as my role in the team goes I am really motivated to get really good a sprint train on track, and to help share the experience that I’ve picked up with these young riders.”
Brown got his start in the pro peloton with Panaria-Fiordo from 2002-2005. He had ridden for Rabobank, the team now known as Belkin, ever since.
“Graeme brings a wealth of experience to the team, which will be invaluable as we strive to build a squad that is focused on specific targets throughout the year where we believe we have the potential to mix it with the very best in the world,” team manager Jonathan Breekveldt said.
“The team took 17 wins this year, eight of which were taken by Wouter (Wippert) in sprints. We feel that by bringing in Graeme, and by improving the quality of our program we will be able to achieve a great deal more in 2015.”