Rider type: Classics, Sprinter
Biggest success: 1. ZLM Tour
Team 2011: GB Cycling Team/ 100% me
Team 2012: Team Sky
Best Mock List Placing: 38th (2010)
Luke Rowe already appeared in the bottom-middle of the Mock List last year. He accomplished that with his good placings in 2009 and 2010, which lead to the expectation of even more top results in 2011. He fulfilled these expectations and so moved up to a higher placing in the mid-field.
Last year he ended the U-23 World Championship in Geelong in a good eleventh place. Ten days later he rode in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he was again eleventh on the road. That was the end the of the road season, but not the end of his good results. At the track World Cup in Melbourne in December, Luke Rowe and his colleagues finished fourth in the team pursuit.
2011 started where the previous year ended: on the track. Together with Sky's Peter Kennaugh, he won the British title in Madison, with a pretty big lead over second place. He went back on the road in February. He took part in the Giro de Sardegna (2.1) for the British national team, a mixture of pros and U-23 riders. With this race he was able to gather further important experience in the pro area.
In March he took on the Tour de Normandie (2.2). He drew attention as early as the prologue with his second place behind Tobias Ludvigsson. On the second stage, he finished third in the mass spring and took over the leader's jersey. He soon had to give it up again, but made his mark again in the final stage, finishing the race in an outstanding fifth place overall. He then had a good result in France. Rowe rode the well-manned Nations Cup race La Cote Picardie and finished eighth in the sprint. A few days later he won the ZLM Tour for the second time since 2009. This one-day race also belongs to the Nations Cup. He won with an impressive sprint in a race with an equally strong line-up as the race three days before in France.
In May was the Olympia's Tour (2.2) in the Netherlands. In the first three stages he placed highly, but not first. He finished the race in ninth place. A month later he started for the British national team at the Thüringen Rundfahrt. He showed his sprint strength in the last two stages, and was second in the sixth stage. He finished the final stage one position higher. At the prologue with a mini closing climb, he finshed ninth.
At the European championship in Offida in July, Luke Rowe started in both the time trial and the road race. He ended the time trial as 16th and abandoned during the road race. The end of August he won a small race in Belgium and finished second in another.
The World Championship in Copenhagen should suit Rowe. He has good chances of going into the race as captain and so a top result can be expected. He already has a contract for the coming year with the Britsh WorldTour Team Sky, which is building up its ranks of sprinters. Since there are already many good sprinters on the team, we will see whether an how much freedom he will have. If he is not successful on the road, he can still turn to the track, but it is not clear how much he can train for that and how many meets he may be able to start.
Nominated by rieper, written by rieper, translated by Tick