AUSTRALIAN rider Luke Roberts will come out of hiding from two years in the professional wilderness to return to ProTour with Team Milram in January’s Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
The South Australian signed for the German squad in September and has spent the past two seasons with German team Kuota Senges (known as Kuota-Indeland in 2009), having ridden for Bjarne Riis’ outfit for the 2005, ’06 and ’07 seasons, where he completed the 2005 edition of the Tour de France.
He won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the Athens Olympics, although he was plagued by injury during the 2006 and ’07 seasons and found it difficult to maintain a consistent program.
The decorated Australian will join German riders Robert Förster, Björn Schröder, Markus Fothen, Artur Gajek and Thomas Rohregger plus Dutch speedster Wim Stroetinga in a balanced team managed by Vittoria Algeri for the opening round of the ProTour.
“While it’s great to have the international cycling superstars racing in Adelaide, it is always nice to welcome home one of our own,” said fellow South Australian and race organiser, Mike Turtur via press release.
“Milram has selected a team with specialists in all areas,” Turtur said.