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Team BikeExchange-Jayco signs Lukas Pöstlberger for two years to strengthen the Classics squad

The team sent me this release

Austrian all-rounder Lukas Pöstlberger has put pen to paper, signing a new two-year contract with Team BikeExchange-Jayco, to boost the squad’s options in a wide range of races across the WorldTour calendar.

The 30-year-old has proven himself to be a top teammate while also scoring victories in the biggest races himself such as the Giro d’Italia, and with this, the Australian outfit is delighted to add his diverse skillset to its roster, as it continues to add strength and depth across the board.

The squad believe the addition of Pöstlberger will help bolster its Classics group, and that the Austrian will be able to slot into the sprint trains and as a valuable contributor in the Grand Tours, making it an all-round exciting signing.

Lukas Pöstlberger wins stage two of the 2021 Dauphiné.

Brent Copeland – General Manager:
“It is always important to have real all-round riders in the team that can contribute to a range of races and with Pöstlberger, we have seen on many occasions he is a valuable rider to have that can transfer his strength across races.

"We are really strengthening the foundations of our team for 2023 and beyond, as we look to target the general classification in stage races but also develop our Classics group and sprint train, so to bring Pöstlberger in to the team, with his experience and skillset, it was a really important signing for us as we continue to grow.

"He has a lot to give, and I am sure he will bring with him a lot of experience to share with the other riders. He is a rider that knows how to win, and it will be good to see him race next year in Team BikeExchange-Jayco colours and see what we can achieve together.”

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Lukas Pöstlberger:
“I am really looking forward to joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco, it’s going to be a totally new adventure for me and I'm really excited to get this journey started. I always felt a kind of connection with the team, I know many people at GreenEDGE Cycling, athletes and staff, and there was always lots of respect between us.

"When I was younger GreenEDGE was always one of the teams that I was admiring the most and I am really keen to get into the team environment. With this new adventure, there's new possibilities and I hope we can achieve great results together. I can’t wait to start!"

Lukas Pöstlberger
Date of Birth: 10th January 1992 (30)
Nationality: Austrian
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2023, 2024

Top Results:
1st Giro d’Italia Stage (2017)
1st Criterium du Dauphine stage (2021)
1st An Post Ras Overall (2015)
1st 2x Austrian Road Race Championships (2012, 18)
3rd Giro d’Italia Stage (2017)
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen (2019)
5th E3 Harelbeke (2017)

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Jonas Vingegaard shows good condition in CRO Race's first stage

Vingegaard’s Team Jumbo-Visma posted this:

Milan Vader and Jonas Vingegaard can reflect on their comeback to racing with satisfaction. During the first stage of the CRO race, Vingegaard demonstrated that he had not lost his climbing abilities in his first appearance since winning the Tour.

Jonas Vingegaard is back on the road after winning the Tour de France. Sirotti photo

The riders were treated to a 223-kilometre stage in the Croatian race. The first few hours were mostly dry, but at kilometre 180, the weather turned bad. "It suddenly started raining and blowing very hard and the temperature went down by ten degrees", sports director Marc Reef said.

Vingegaard even asked for an extra jacket because it got so cold. On the penultimate climb, Team DSM rider Oscar Onley launched an attack, but the Dane was prepared for it. Together with four others, they created a gap on the peloton, but the six were caught on the descent. "Jonas showed he is in good shape", Reef said.

Vingegaard and Koen Bouwman eventually crossed the finish line in the same time as stage winner Jonathan Milan. "We had high expectations for today's outcome. We knew it would be a tricky final, so we wanted to take advantage of that. Unfortunately, we were not the only ones who thought so."

In addition to Vingegaard, Milan Vader also made his comeback. The 26-year-old Dutchman, who crashed heavily six months ago in the Tour of the Basque Country, looked back on a special day. "It didn't disappoint me. Ultimately, I got quite cold for a while because of the rain, but I got through the day just fine", Vader said. "It felt like it hadn't been that long since I raced. It seemed like only yesterday that I was racing. That's encouraging. I enjoyed it."

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