Rowe ready for Tour test

02 Jul 2019

Rowe ready for Tour test

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With the Tour de France just days away we sat down with Team INEOS road captain Luke Rowe to get his thoughts on the big race.

You’ve raced the last four editions of the Tour de France and been on the winning team each time. Are you looking forward to this year?

Luke Rowe: I must be a good luck charm – four wins out of four! It’s been a surreal experience to be involved in all of those wins. The first three with Froomey and last year with G. It’s crazy really. I’ve been very fortunate to be alongside some great champions and played my part to help get us over the line. Long may it continue.

Talk us through your role at the Tour. You’ve gained a reputation for your work as a road captain.

LR: My job is predominantly to keep the guys in a good position, do what I can throughout the flat stages and suffer through the mountains – a jack of all trades, master of none if you like.

Being road captain sounds more glamorous than it is. In simple terms I’ll be the one who communicates between the riders and the guys in the cars. I’ll make those split-second calls if needed. It’s a big responsibility but one I enjoy.
"My job is predominantly to keep the guys in a good position" - Luke Rowe

"My job is predominantly to keep the guys in a good position" - Luke Rowe

How crucial is the team across the three weeks?
LR: It’s a massive team effort to win the Tour – eight riders all pulling in the same direction. The role of those six or seven riders supporting the leaders is crucial.

You’re able to race as a leader in the Classics and then switch focus for stage races. Do you enjoy the challenge?

LR: I race 90 days a year and spend 80 days supporting others – I know my role within this team and I enjoy it. I get great satisfaction out of helping others win big races like the Tour. It’s role-acceptance and I’m more than happy to do the job and help the boys.

The team will line up in Brussels with a strong team once again. What are your predictions for the race?

LR: Whether we can replicate what we did last year, who knows. I think G’s ready. He’s had a slow, patient build up and he’s looking great. We’ve also got Egan who is in great shape as we saw in Suisse. We are all ready and hungry for more success at the Tour – there’s no reason why we can’t do it all again. 

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