Luke Rowe

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Luke Rowe
Luke Rowe CHB 2013 (Cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Luke Rowe
Born (1990-03-10) 10 March 1990 (age 25)
Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specalist
Amateur team(s)
0 Maindy Flyers
0 Cardiff Ajax CC
2006 Glendene CC / Bike Trax
2007 Recycling.co.uk
2008–2011 Rapha Condor-Recycling.co.uk
Professional team(s)
2012– Team Sky[1]
Infobox last updated on
15 April 2015

Luke Rowe (born 10 March 1990) is a Welsh racing cyclist who currently rides for Team Sky.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Cardiff, Rowe began racing at a young age, initially riding with his parents on a tandem. He began to enjoy cycling and became a member of the Maindy Flyers, based at Maindy Stadium. As a junior he was a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme,[3] His brother Matt is also a racing cyclist, and his father, Courtney Rowe, coaches the Paralympian Simon Richardson.

Early career[edit]

Rowe made his European debut as a member of the team pursuit squad who took the gold medal at the 2007 European Track Championships. He finished second in the 2008 European Road Race Championships, and won the Madison, along with Mark Christian, and the silver in the team pursuit at the 2008 European Track Championships.[4]

Team Sky (2012–)[edit]

Rowe (in gold) at the 2012 Tour of Britain, wearing the leader's jersey during the second stage. Rowe won the race's first stage; his first professional victory.

Rowe joined Team Sky for the 2012 season as a neo-pro, having signed a two-year deal.[5] He took his first professional victory in September 2012 by winning the opening stage of the Tour of Britain. Rowe made his Grand Tour debut at the 2013 Vuelta a España.[6]

Rowe represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014,[7] and finished sixth in road race, which was won by team mate Geraint Thomas. Rowe rode the 2014 Vuelta a España, and helped Chris Froome to finish second overall.

Rowe enjoyed a strong start to the 2015 season with fourth place at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and seventh overall at the Tour of Qatar.[8] Rowe then had a breakthrough classics campaign, placing ninth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (which was won by team mate Ian Stannard, thirteenth in E3 Harelbeke (won by team mate Geraint Thomas) and an impressive eighth in Paris–Roubaix, ahead of Bradley Wiggins (18th) who was riding his final race for Sky.[9] He was selected in Sky's team for the 2015 Tour de France.[10][11]

Palmarès[edit]

Track[edit]

2000
3rd Under 12 Omnium, National Championships
2006
3rd National Team Pursuit Championships (with Jonathan Bellis, Peter Kennaugh & Alex Dowsett)
2007
1st Team pursuit, European Junior Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Madison Championships (with Adam Blythe)
2008
Junior European Championships
1st Madison (with Mark Christian)
2nd Team pursuit (with Mark Christian, Andrew Fenn & Erick Rowsell)
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Derny Championships, Maindy Stadium
2009
2nd National Madison Championships (with Geraint Thomas)
2010
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Madison Championships (with Mark Christian)
2011
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Madison Championships (with Peter Kennaugh)
2012
Revolution Series Round 3
1st Scratch Race
1st Australian Pursuit

Road[edit]

2006
1st Junior Tour of Ireland
2007
3rd Junior Omloop Het Volk
4th Junior Tour of Wales
1st Stage 3
2008
2nd Junior Road Race, European Championships
4th Clayton Velo Spring Classic[12]
2009
1st ZLM Tour
6th Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale
2010
1st GP Sportivi di Poggiana
3rd GP Industrie del Marmo
4th GP Palio del Recioto
5th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
6th Overall Tour de Berlin
8th Trofeo Franco Balestra Memorial Metelli
9th Commonwealth Games Road Race
2011
1st ZLM Tour
1st Stage 7 Thüringen Rundfahrt
5th Overall Tour de Normandie
8th La Côte Picarde
9th Overall Royal Smilde Olympia’s Tour
2012
1st Stage 1 Tour of Britain
2nd Duo Normand (with Alex Dowsett)
2013
5th National Road Race Championships
5th National Time Trial Championships
9th Overall Tour of Qatar
2014
4th National Road Race Championships
4th National Time Trial Championships
6th Commonwealth Games road race
2015
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Romandie
4th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race[13]
7th Overall Tour of Qatar
8th Paris–Roubaix
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 136
red jersey Vuelta WD 141

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

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