As expected, Australian Stuart O’Grady will join several of his former Saxo Bank teammates on the new Luxembourg pro team headed up by Frank and Andy Schleck.
As the team’s road captain, the veteran will help lead the team’s younger members, manager Brian Nygaard said in a team statement.
“Stuart is a real legend and probably among the most phenomenal athletes of his generation,” Nygaard said. “He has won everything worth winning on the track, as well as an impressive list of victories on the road, topped off by claiming one of the most beautiful recent editions of the Pari-Roubaix.”
“I enjoy the challenge of being road captain,” O’Grady explained. “It is not as easy as it sounds. I have to use my knowledge, to keep the ‘young guns’ cool, calm and collected when the going gets tough. I remind the guys to work as a team, to support each other, to respect each other, and to give 100 percent.”
O’Grady will be entering his 17th year as a professional, and said his personal goals have not diminished.
“Personally I want to have another big classics season,” he said. “I have been a bit unlucky with injuries and broken bones since winning Roubaix in 2007. So it would be nice to win some big races with the team and of course help the Schlecks win the Tour de France! Most importantly of all, enjoy cycling, racing and giving it 100 percent every time.”