Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen has signed for the Pegasus Racing team – currently racing as Fly V – for the 2011 season.

The Australian-based Pegasus Racing outfit has filed an application to the Union Cycliste Internationale for a ProTour licence, and the signing of McEwen, 38, will enhance the squad’s chances of reaching professional cycling’s top flight.

McEwen confirmed the news via his Twitter feed on Thursday afternoon: “Confirmation – I’ve signed w/ Aussie team (title sponsor name tbc) for 2011. Very proud to be a part of it & help to build on it in future.”

McEwen will see out the 2010 season for the Russian Katusha team.

“Hope the UCI accepts the Pro Tour licence app. How good would that be?! But first – giving 100% for Katusha till season end,” McEwen confirmed. 

Earlier this week news broke that the Australian squad had signed Canadian Svein Tuft from Garmin-Transitions.

Fly V are one of 14 squads that have put in an application for one of the available eight ProTour licences. The UCI are due to announce the names of the successful applicants on December 10, 2010.

McEwen’s palmares since turning professional with Rabobank in 1996 include 12 Tour de France stage wins and three green jerseys for winning the Tour’s points classification. He’s also won stages of the Giro d’Italia, Paris-Nice, Tour de Suisse, Tour de Romandie, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour Down Under and many more.

Robbie McEwen: results since 2005
2010
Challenge Mallorca; stage one
Eneco Tour; stage one

2008
Tour de Romandie stage
Tour de Suisse stage
Tour de Suisse stage
Vattenfall Cyclassics
Paris – Brussels

2007
Tour de France stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Tour de Suisse stage
Tirreno-Adriatico stage
Tour de Romandie stage
Eneco-Tour stage
Paris – Bruxelles
Tour Down Under stage
Jayco Bay Cycling Classic stage

2006
Tour de France stage
Tour de France stage
Tour de France stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Tour de Romandie stage
Paris – Bruxelles
Jayco Bay Cycling Classic stage
GP International stage
Final classification GP International
3-day West-Vlaanderen stage
Herald Sun Tour stage

2005
Tour de France stage
Tour de France stage
Tour de France stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Giro d’Italia stage
Tour of Switzerland stage
Parijs – Brussel
Australian championship
Tour Down Under stage
Tour Down Under stage
Tour Down Under stage
Tour of Qatar stage

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