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Cycling: Luke Rowe signs Team Sky contract extension until 2021

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Team Sky say Luke Rowe will continue to focus on the Classics in 2019

Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe has signed a contract extension to keep him at Team Sky until 2021.

Rowe turned professional with the team in 2012 and Team Sky say his efforts were “pivotal” to compatriot Geraint Thomas’ 2018 Tour de France triumph.

He had recovered from a broken leg suffered while whitewater rafting on his brother’s stag party.

“The team backed me straight away after my injury, whereas some teams would have turned their back,” said Rowe.

“They helped me tackle the injury head on and looked after me every step of the way. If I’d have been out of contract one year earlier I’d have been in a mess.”

The 28-year-old, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, added: “I’ve been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here.

“It’s been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home.”

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Lance Armstrong Tour de France trophy ‘offer’ to Geraint Thomas

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Geraint Thomas and Lance Armstrong competed against each other at the 2011 Tour de France

Lance Armstrong has joked that Geraint Thomas can have one of his Tour de France trophies after the Welsh rider had his stolen.

Thomas’s Coupe Omnisports was taken from a display at The Cycle Show in Birmingham in September.

American Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life in 2012 after testing positive for drugs.

He tweeted: “I got 7 of em if you wanna borrow one.”

Armstrong made the comment as he retweeted BBC Sport’s tweet about the trophy being stolen.

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Lance Armstrong made the offer on Twitter

The Coupe Omnisports – presented each year to the winner of cycling’s most famous race – was taken after Thomas’s Team Sky loaned the trophy to sponsors Pinarello to display at The Cycle Show.

The black and gold handmade trophy was presented to the Cardiff rider this summer when he became only the third Briton to win the Tour de France.

It was put on display by Team Sky’s Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello at Birmingham NEC between 28 and 30 September.

The trophy was snatched after being “momentarily left unattended” during the clear-up after the show.

“The trophy means a lot to me and to the team,” Thomas said after it was stolen.

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Geraint Thomas (centre) on the Champs-Elysees after winning this year’s Tour de France

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