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Luke Roberts (born 25 January 1977) is a sports director and former Australian racing cyclist specialising in both track cycling and road bicycle racing.

Luke Roberts
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Roberts in 2009
Personal information
Full nameLuke Roberts
Born (1977-01-25) 25 January 1977 (age 42)
Adelaide, Australia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current teamStölting-Ruhr
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleRider
Rider typePursuit specialist/Time Trialist
Professional team(s)
2002–2004Team ComNet
2005–2007Team CSC
2008–2009Team Kuota
2010Team Milram
2011–2012Saxo Bank–SunGard
2013–2014Stölting-Ruhr
Major wins
Olympic Team Pursuit (2004)

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, he resides both in Adelaide and in Cologne, Germany.[1] Coming from a cycle racing family, he started competitive cycling at the age of 13, and turned professional in 2002. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[2] and a member of the Comnet Senges team (2002–2004), and of Team CSC from 2005 to 2007. As a team and individual pursuit specialist, holding an Olympic gold medal and World record with the Australian Pursuit team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he contributes particularly to the success of his team in time trial events.

In 2003 he was awarded the title of Australian Male Track Cyclist of the Year.[3] In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day Honours List. In 2002, 2003 and 2004 he was a World Champion Team pursuit, and won the silver medal in 2002 and 2003 for the World Individual Pursuit Championship.

At the Olympic level, Luke Roberts has competed as part of the Australian cycling team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In 2000 he came 9th in the Individual Pursuit at the Olympic Games. He improved his performance 4 years later in Athens, coming 5th in the Individual Pursuit. As part of the Australian pursuit team with Graeme Brown, Brett Lancaster, Bradley McGee, (Peter Dawson and Stephen Wooldridge were also part of the team), Roberts won gold and set a new world record for the 4000m Team Pursuit of 3mins 56.610secs,[4] breaking their previous world record set in Stuttgart in 2003.[5]

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Roberts achieved a gold medal for the Teams Pursuit, a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit, and came 8th in the Points race. Four year later at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Roberts won gold in the Teams Pursuit and 4th in the Individual Pursuit. His 2010 road racing team, Team Milram, folded at the end of that season, and he signed to ride for a proposed Australian team known as Pegasus: this team, however, failed to obtain a UCI license. After riding with UniSA in the 2011 Tour Down Under,[6] Roberts signed with Saxo Bank–SunGard, a continuation of the squad he was with from 2005–2007, for the remainder of the season.

Major resultsEdit

1993
Under-17 National Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Sprint
Under-17 National Road Championships
1st   Individual time trial
1st   Team time trial
1994
1st   Junior Teams Pursuit World Champion
1995
Junior World Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
Junior National Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Elimination race
1st   Points race
1st   Junior National Time Trial Championships
1996
1st   National Teams Pursuit Champion
1998
1st   Teams Pursuit 1998 Commonwealth Games
1st   National Teams Pursuit Champion
Track World Cup
1st Individual pursuit
1st Madison
1st Team pursuit
2nd   Individual Pursuit 1998 Commonwealth Games
1999
National Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
1st Teams Pursuit Track World Cup
1st Individual Pursuit overall Track World Cup rankings
2nd Individual Pursuit Track World Cup
2000
1st   National Individual Pursuit Champion
2001
1st Stage 4 Tour Down Under
2002
1st   Teams Pursuit World Champion
1st   Teams Pursuit 2002 Commonwealth Games
1st Overall Tour of Tasmania
2003
1st   Team Pursuit World Champion
1st Individual Pursuit, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
Giro del Veneto
1st Prologue & Stage 4
1st Giro del Capo
1st Stage 5 Ringerike Grand Prix
2nd   Individual Pursuit World Titles
2nd Overall Brandenburg-Rundfahrt
2nd Overall Herald Sun Tour
2004
1st   2004 Summer Olympic Games Team Pursuit
1st   Team Pursuit World Champion
1st Stage 6 Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 1 Intl Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
9th Overall Tour Down Under
2005
1st Stage 4 TTT Tour Méditerranéen
3rd Eindhoven Team Time Trial
6th TEAG Hainleite
8th T-Mobile International
10th LUK Challenge Chrono Bühl
2006
1st Stage 4, 3-Länder-Tour
3rd Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
2007
1st Eindhoven TTT
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
6th Overall Tour Down Under
9th Paris–Bourges
2008
1st Stage 3 Giro del Capo
1st Stolberg-Breinig
2009
1st Grenoble, Six Days
2010
1st Stage 3 Tour of Murcia
5th Overall Tour Down Under
2011
10th Overall Tour Down Under
1st   Mountains classification
2012
7th Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2013
1st Prologue Istrian Spring Trophy
5th Porec Trophy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ OPEN ROAD TITLES: Road back to top takes Luke Roberts to Buninyong
  2. ^ AIS Athletes at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Michael Rogers is Australia's top rider for 2003
  4. ^ Olympic results
  5. ^ Aussies set record in team pursuit
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)