Rowe at the 2013 National Road Race Championships
|Full name||Luke Rowe|
10 March 1990 |
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Current team||Team Sky|
|Discipline||Road and track|
|Rider type||Classics specialist|
|Cardiff Ajax CC|
|2006||Glendene CC / Bike Trax|
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, His brother Matt is also a racing cyclist, and his father, Courtney Rowe, coaches the Paralympian Simon Richardson.
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.
Team Sky (2012–)
Rowe joined Team Sky for the 2012 season as a neo-pro, having signed a two-year deal. 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.
Rowe represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014, and finished sixth in road race, which was won by teammate 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. Rowe then had a breakthrough classics campaign, placing ninth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (which was won by teammate Ian Stannard, thirteenth in E3 Harelbeke (won by teammate Geraint Thomas) and an impressive eighth in Paris–Roubaix, ahead of Bradley Wiggins (18th) who was riding his final race for Sky. He was selected in Sky's team for the 2015 Tour de France, becoming the third Welsh rider to compete in the Tour after Colin Lewis and Geraint Thomas.
In August 2017, Rowe fractured the tibia and fibula in his right leg, when he jumped into shallow water while whitewater rafting at his brother's stag party in Prague. As a result, he is unlikely to be able to race for up to a year.
- 1st Team pursuit, UEC Junior European Track Championships
- 1st Madison (with Adam Blythe), National Track Championships
- UEC Junior European Track Championships
- 1st Madison (with Mark Christian)
- 2nd Team pursuit
- 1st National Derny Championships
- 1st ZLM Tour
- 2nd Madison (with Geraint Thomas), National Track Championships
- 6th Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale
- 1st Madison (with Mark Christian), National Track Championships
- 1st Gran Premio di Poggiana
- 3rd Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo
- 4th Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
- 5th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
- 6th Overall Tour de Berlin
- 8th Trofeo Franco Balestra Memorial Metelli
- 9th Road race, Commonwealth Games
- 1st Madison (with Peter Kennaugh), National Track Championships
- 1st ZLM Tour
- 1st Stage 7 Thüringen Rundfahrt
- 5th Overall Tour de Normandie
- 8th La Côte Picarde
- 9th Overall Olympia's Tour
- 1st Stage 1 Tour of Britain
- 2nd Duo Normand (with Alex Dowsett)
- Revolution Series, Round 3 (Manchester)
- 1st Scratch Race
- 1st Australian Pursuit
- National Road Championships
- 9th Overall Tour of Qatar
- National Road Championships
- 6th Road race, Commonwealth Games
- 1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Romandie
- 4th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
- 7th Overall Tour of Qatar
- 8th Paris–Roubaix
- 9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
- 4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
- 5th Tour of Flanders
- 1st Stage 2 Herald Sun Tour
- 3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
- 5th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
- 6th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Classics Results Timeline
This chart shows Rowe's progress in the cobbled classics he mostly participated in from 2012 to present.
|Year||Omloop Het Nieuwsblad||Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne||E3 Harelbeke||Gent–Wevelgem||Tour of Flanders||Paris–Roubaix|
DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
|Tour de France||—||—||136||151||167|
|Vuelta a España||DNF||141||—||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
By finishing in 167th place in the 2017 Tour de France, Rowe earned the unofficial "Lanterne Rouge", a recognition reserved for the last rider to finish.
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- "Luke Rowe: Team Sky rider breaks leg on brother's stag party". BBC Sport. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
- "Team Sky's Luke Rowe 'could miss a year' after rafting leg break". BBC Sport. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
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