• Brett Lancaster has made the move from a bike saddle to a drivers seat (AAP)Source: AAP
Australian veteran Brett Lancaster has announced his racing retirement after landing a directing gig at Team Sky.
18 Dec 2015 - 11:04 AM 

The 36-year-old enjoyed a successful 13-year career on the road, picking up victories at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France and has won gold on the track at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Lancaster’s decision comes after four year’s of racing with Orica-GreenEDGE.

“Having the opportunity to join an Australian professional team and finish my career there was definitely a dream come true,” Lancaster said.

“Just lining up in the Tour de France in that first year was amazing to be part of, but to be a part of the team time trial win and having Simon Gerrans in yellow in 2013 was incredible.”

Lancaster will now exchange his life in the saddle with Orica-GreenEDGE for the cushioned comfort of a Team Sky car, where he will help direct its team of riders.

“For many years I’ve wanted to stay involved in cycling once I finished racing professionally,” Lancaster said. “This career move and for them to believe in me, it’s fantastic.”

“It’s moving on and it’s a massive step but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”