Sky snap up Brit prospect Rowe
Team Sky have confirmed that they have signed British prospect Luke Rowe for the 2012 season.
Rowe, still only 21, was a member of the same Olympic Development Programme which helped the likes of Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh move into the pro ranks.
The Welshman has won two junior European Championship track titles, while on the road he has won two ZLM titles, a stage of the Thuringen Rundfahrt and three criteriums in Belgium.
He also had four top 10 finishes at the 2009 Tour de l'Avenir – a race considered the breeding ground for Tour de France prospects.
“Luke Rowe is one of this country’s outstanding prospects for the future," said Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford.
"We have watched him grow from a promising teenager into a well-rounded and gifted rider and are delighted to be able offer him his first professional contract."
Rowe added: "As a British rider, signing for Team Sky is a dream come true and I am very excited about what the next two seasons hold.
"The step up in standard is obviously going to be huge so during my first few months I will just have to try and learn as much as possible whilst obviously contributing as much as I can to the team."