Roberts signs new Saxo Bank deal

Fri, 04 Nov 11:39:00 2011

Australian Luke Roberts has extended his contract with Saxo Bank-SunGard.

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The 34-year-old from Adelaide rejoined the team this year after planned Australian team Pegasus folded.

Roberts, who won an Olympic gold medal on the track in 2004, also spent 2005, 2006 and 2007 with the Danish based team.

"I'm extremely grateful and happy to be able to continue to work with Bjarne Riis and his staff," he said

"In my opinion this is probably the best team in the world, when it comes to organisation and helping riders to achieve their maximum in their career. So for me to stay here is just fantastic, and I really look forward to the coming season."

Roberts' first aim is the Tour Down Under and then hopes to ride in one of the Grand Tours.

"My first goal of the season will be Tour Down Under. I finished inside top 10 in the GC the last two years without really ideal preparation. So now to be able to prepare and focus on that race, and the fact that it has a mountain top finish that could take some of the sprinters out of the GC, is my chance of a top result. For sure I will be looking at getting a score on the board there.

"Then I would be keen on riding a Grand Tour again," he added.

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