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Rowe signs Team Sky contract extension

11/10/2018 at 19:18Updated 12/10/2018 at 18:15

Team Sky have confirmed that Luke Rowe has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team until 2021.

Rowe, 28, turned professional with the British team in 2012 and stayed with them ever since.

The Welshman made his comeback in 2018 having suffered a serious leg break in 2017 and he was instrumental in Geraint Thomas' Tour de France victory this year.

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“I’ve been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here,” said Rowe.

" It’s been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home."

“The team backed me straight away after my injury, whereas some teams would have turned their back. They helped me tackle the injury head on and looked after me every step of the way.

“If I’d have been out of contract one year earlier I’d have been in a mess. I had a year to prove myself again and come back - to show that it hadn’t affected me and that I could reach the level I was at before.

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“I was so fortunate to be in this team when I suffered such a bad injury. Sometimes the stars just align and everything works out.”

The Team Sky press release said that Rowe will focus on the Classics in 2019 before turning to a support role at the Grand Tours.

The news comes soon after Team Sky confirmed that they had tied down hugely promising 21-year-old Egan Bernal to a five-year contract.

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