Luke Rowe

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Luke Rowe

Personal information
Full name Luke Rowe
Born (1990-03-10) 10 March 1990
Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Amateur team(s)
0 Maindy Flyers
0 Cardiff Ajax CC
2006 Glendene CC / Bike Trax
2008–2011 Rapha Condor–
Professional team(s)
2012– Team Sky[1]
Infobox last updated on
15 April 2015

Luke Rowe (born 10 March 1990) is a Welsh racing cyclist who currently rides for Team Sky.[2]


Born in Cardiff, Rowe began racing at a young age, initially riding with his parents on a tandem. He began to enjoy cycling and became a member of the Maindy Flyers, based at Maindy Stadium. As a junior he was a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme,[3] His brother Matt is also a racing cyclist, and his father, Courtney Rowe, coaches the Paralympian Simon Richardson.

Early career

Rowe made his European debut as a member of the team pursuit squad who took the gold medal at the 2007 European Track Championships. He finished second in the 2008 European Road Race Championships, and won the Madison, along with Mark Christian, and the silver in the team pursuit at the 2008 European Track Championships.[4]

Team Sky (2012–)

Rowe (in gold) at the 2012 Tour of Britain, wearing the leader's jersey during the second stage. Rowe won the race's first stage; his first professional victory.

Rowe joined Team Sky for the 2012 season as a neo-pro, having signed a two-year deal.[5] He took his first professional victory in September 2012 by winning the opening stage of the Tour of Britain. Rowe made his Grand Tour debut at the 2013 Vuelta a España.[6]

Rowe represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014,[7] and finished sixth in road race, which was won by team mate Geraint Thomas. Rowe rode the 2014 Vuelta a España, and helped Chris Froome to finish second overall.

Rowe (centre) at the 2015 Tour of Flanders

Rowe enjoyed a strong start to the 2015 season with fourth place at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and seventh overall at the Tour of Qatar.[8] Rowe then had a breakthrough classics campaign, placing ninth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (which was won by team mate Ian Stannard, thirteenth in E3 Harelbeke (won by team mate Geraint Thomas) and an impressive eighth in Paris–Roubaix, ahead of Bradley Wiggins (18th) who was riding his final race for Sky.[9] He was selected in Sky's team for the 2015 Tour de France,[10][11] becoming the third Welsh rider to compete in the Tour after Colin Lewis and Geraint Thomas.[12]

Career achievements

Major results



1st ZLM Tour
6th Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale
1st GP Sportivi di Poggiana
3rd GP Industrie del Marmo
4th GP Palio del Recioto
5th Ronde Van Vlaanderen Beloften
6th Overall Tour de Berlin
8th Trofeo Franco Balestra Memorial Metelli
9th Road Race, Commonwealth Games
1st ZLM Tour
1st Stage 7 Thüringen Rundfahrt
5th Overall Tour de Normandie
8th La Côte Picarde
9th Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Stage 1 Tour of Britain
2nd Duo Normand (with Alex Dowsett)
5th National Road Race Championships
5th National Time Trial Championships
9th Overall Tour of Qatar
4th National Road Race Championships
4th National Time Trial Championships
6th Road Race, Commonwealth Games
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Romandie
4th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
7th Overall Tour of Qatar
8th Paris–Roubaix
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
5th Tour of Flanders

Classics Results Timeline

This chart shows Rowe's progress in the cobbled classics he mostly participated in from 2012 to present.

Year Omloop Het Nieuwsblad E3 Harelbeke Gent–Wevelgem Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix
2013 53rd 70th 56th 93rd 109th
2014 11th DNF DNF 62nd 31st
2015 9th 13th DNF 50th 8th
2016 4th 23rd 22nd 5th 14th

DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 136 151
red jersey Vuelta WD 141

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


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