Luke Rowe signs long-term extension with Team Ineos

The experienced road captain will stay to help support young riders like Egan Bernal

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Luke Rowe has signed a long-term contract extension with Team Ineos, allowing him to continue supporting the young riders in the squad like Egan Bernal.

Rowe, who started his career with the British WorldTour squad in 2012, will ride for Ineos for another four years, taking him up to the end of 2023.

The Welshman is an experienced road captain, but has also taken up a mentor role within the team as Ineos looks to develop the next generation of Grand Tour stars.

Team Ineos principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “Luke embodies what this Team is all about – grit, hard work, learning from setbacks and coming back stronger, racing at the front and always putting the team first. He is a true racer, a hugely talented bike rider in his own right and someone totally committed to helping the team. He has been a big part of our past and will have an important role to play in our future.”

The 29-year-old started his career with Sky Procycling back in 2012, developing into a strong contender in the cobbled Classics, having finished in the top-10 of Paris-Roubaix and top-five in the Tour of Flanders.

But it is in the Tour de France, working as an engine on the front of the peloton and as a tactician, where Rowe has made his career.

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He said: “Obviously, this new contract extension shows a lot of commitment myself and the team. I turned pro here, I’ve been here from day one, and now I’m as excited as ever to be part of this new chapter with Ineos.

“I think working with the young guys is a big part of why the team has committed to me for another four years. If you look through the riders we’ve got in the team, there’s a long list of young guys who are growing and developing into riders at the very top of their game. To work with these young guys is something I really enjoy – trying to pass on what I can to help guide them on their way up in the sport.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.