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Australian veteran Brett Lancaster has announced his retirement from professional racing after a 13-year-career and will join Team Sky in 2016 as a director sportif.
Thirty-six-year-old Lancaster started his road career with Panaria – Fiordo back in 2003 and later raced with Milram, Cervelo Test Team and Garmin-Cervelo. He was then part of the inaugural Orica-GreenEdge line-up when the Australian squad made its WorldTour debut in 2012. Lancaster has raced with Orica-GreenEdge since.
On the road, Lancaster’s greatest personal achievement came in the 2005 Giro d’Italia when he won the prologue individual time trial, earning himself a day in the leader’s maglia rosa. Lancaster was also part of Orica-GreenEdge’s team time trial victories at the 2013 Tour de France and the 2014 and 2015 Giros d’Italia.
Earlier in his career Lancaster combined his ambitions on the road with racing on the track, a discipline in which he became a multiple-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist. That medal came at the 2004 Olympics when Lancaster and his team pursuit squad broke the world record in Athens.
It is this Olympic success that Lancaster sees as his greatest achievement.
“When you look at all the years, nothing comes close to the Olympic gold medal. As an athlete that is the pinnacle,” Lancaster said.
“And on the road winning the prologue at the Giro d’Italia and taking the maglia rosa is a special memory. At the time I was living in Italy and riding for an Italian team so it was even more special.”
Lancaster will join the Team Sky ranks in the new year, becoming the British setup’s sixth director sportif. Lancaster admits the switch from bike to team car will be challenging, but a challenge he’s looking forward to.
“I’m very excited. It’s a big move and I think you have to adapt from being a professional cyclist to being a Sports Director,” Lancaster said. “There’s a lot to take on board and it’s been pretty intense, but I’m over the moon.”