A name synonomous with the US racing scene, Rory Sutherland, will make the trip to the other side of the Atlantic for season 2013 to link up with Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.
I also felt it was time for a change and to figure out how far I can go on the very top level.
The Australian hasn't ridden in Europe since 2005 with Rabobank, forging a career in the United States instead where he's become a household name.
His last few seasons with the UnitedHealthcare squad have really seen him flourish as a rider, with overall wins in the Tour of the Gila, the Joe Martin Stage Race, the Cascade Classic, as well as stage wins at the Tour of Utah, USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Amgen Tour of California.
He insisted earlier this year to Cycling Central that he would consider a future in Europe only if the right offer came along, explaining that with a young family he was conscious of spending too much time away from home.
It appears such an offer has finally come along, and the Australian's itch to compare himself to some of the world's best has meant the opportunity to ride in the WorldTour with Saxo Bank was too goo to ignore.
"I have been racing in the States for six years, and I have pretty much taught myself how to race at this level," said Sutherland.
"I have had some fantastic experiences and had great support from my team, and I'm happy I could repay that with some great results.
"But now I also felt it was time for a change and to figure out how far I can go on the very top level.
"I really believe Bjarne Riis and Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank was the best choice for me on this journey."
Sutherland joins fellow Australians Jay McCarthy, Jonathan Cantwell, Nick Gates and Bradley McGee at Saxo Bank.
Sutherland made Australia's long team for the road world championships in Valkenburg and Copenhagen, but was left off the final squads.