Team BikeExchange-Jayco Signs Lukas Pöstlberger
Team BikeExchange-Jayco earlier today announced it has signed 30-year-old Lukas Pöstlberger on a two-year contract. Pöstlberger joins BikeExchange-Jayco from Team Bora-Hansgrohe - a team he joined in 2015.
The experienced Austrian allrounder won the Austrian national championships in 2012 and 2018 and reached his career highs when he won stage 1 of the 2017 Giro d’Italia and soloed to victory in stage 2 of last year’s Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).
The 2022 season has been plagued by abandoned races and non-starts for Pöstlberger and he is looking to reboot his career with the Australian BikeExchange-Jayco team after his long stint with German Bora-Hansgrohe. Pöstlberger has been signed with the aim of boosting the team’s options in both Grand Tours and WorldTour classics by adding experience, strength and depth to its 2023 and 2024 rider rosters.
“I am really looking forward to joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco. It is going to be a totally new adventure for me and I am really excited to get this journey started,” Pöstlberger explained. “I always felt a kind of connection with the BikeExchange-Jayco team because I know many people at GreenEDGE Cycling, their 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 keen to become part of the team environment. With this new adventure, there are new possibilities and I hope we can achieve great results together. I can’t wait to begin," Pöstlberger added.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco general manager Brent Copeland says signing Pöstlberger is very important for the team.
“Pöstlberger has a lot to give, and I am sure he will bring a lot of experience with him to share with the other riders. He is a rider who knows how to win. 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 who can transfer his strength across races.”
“We are 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.”