Rowe delighted with fan award

02 Mar 2017

Rowe delighted with fan award

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Luke Rowe has hailed the impact of the fans’ support after rounding off a superb start to the season with the Rider of the Month award in February.

Rowe was also nominated for the award in January for his stellar performances at the Tour Down Under in support of his teammates, but it was the following four weeks in which he was able to kick on with a victory and podium in contrasting conditions.  
 
The month began with a superb solo breakaway win in the intense heat on stage two of the Herald Sun Tour which had the Welshman struggling to remember how to celebrate, joking: “I kind of forgot how to do it all so it’s nice to get the hands in the air.”
 
February was bookended with a sixth-placed finish in the rain and sleet of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, before he secured his best-ever performance at the Classics, finishing third the following day at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, which he believes helped his cause.

He told TeamSky.com: “It’s the first time I have won this sort of thing and it’s nice to see that the fans appreciate the fact that you’ve put the work to get into the shape to be able to be competitive.”
 
“So it’s nice to know the people out there appreciate it after two solid rides in Belgium.” 
Luke Rowe

Luke Rowe

I think the Belgians just love anyone who loves their racing and they take people onboard and adopt them as Belgian
Both on and off the bike the 26 year old is proving popular with fans in the Low Countries, with his performances and reverence for the traditions and values of the Classics establishing him as a popular attraction for autograph hunters and selfie seekers in equal measure.
 
He added: “I think the Belgians just love anyone who loves their racing and they take people onboard and adopt them as Belgian.
 
“They are so passionate about bike racing, but not only bike racing but the Classics, particularly when other riders apart from Belgians really embrace the races.
 
“They like good ol’ hard racing and its been quite a few years that I’ve been going over there and they are getting to know that I am a big fan of their racing.”

An iconic moment from his Kuurne podium appearance was a hefty swig of the sponsors’ beer, met with cheers from the crowd, which the Welshman believes may have added to his legend, chuckling, “I necked it in one so maybe that was the icing on the cake.”
Cheers Peter!

Cheers Peter!

 Attention now turns to Paris-Nice, with the Classics taking a backseat until the end of the month, and the ever-versatile Rowe is prepared for both the change in role and terrain at the stage race.
 
He said: “The first big difference is that last weekend I was going into it as a leader and then now I'm going in as a workhorse - so that’s the first transition and first thing to get your head around.
 
“The terrain is also chalk and cheese. we go up to 1500 metres on some pretty big, solid climbs.
 
“It is a big transition and you just have to accept it for what it is, I haven’t done the big climbs for a long time so I don’t expect to be too much of mountain goat but just do what I can, when I can and hopefully the leaders can finish it off - which I have every confidence they can.”
Not unlucky for Luke as he wore number 13 in Kuurne

Not unlucky for Luke as he wore number 13 in Kuurne

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