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Caleb Ewan will sprint again for the Australian WorldTour team in 2017 and 2018. Orica-BikeExchange has also announced its signing of German sprinter Roger Kluge to assist in the sprints despite a new focus on grand tour general classification.
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5 Aug 2016 - 11:12 AM  UPDATED 5 Aug 2016 - 11:13 AM

With 14 wins amassed in just two seasons with Orica-BikeExchange, the 22-year-old is sure to set the sprinting world on fire with his contract extension. 

"I'm really excited to be able to stay with the team, I feel like I have progressed really well here,” Ewan said. 

“I'm definitely getting stronger and I'm thankful for all the help and support the team has given me to get even better. We are really starting to get everything in place for the sprints and I want to pay back the trust the team shows me by delivering as well."

The young star is also on the hunt to take down some big names.  

“In terms of goals, I'm happy to continue my development, to get even more Grand Tour experience and go up against the big names there."

Sport director Matt White said there is every indication Ewan could be among the great sprinters in the coming years. 

“Caleb is still young, but we are well aware he is ready to take the next steps in his career and we are happy to be part of that,” White said.

“It is really exciting to work with such a great talent who has already won significant races for us at a very young age.” 

Orica-BikeExchange has beefed up its support of Ewan with new signing Roger Kluge. The German sprinter won a stage at this year's Giro d'Italia and is an Olympic and World Championship medalist on the track.

“I’m really motivated to get integrated into the team and to play an important role in the sprint train,” he said. “I think I can make a really good contribution here and when the team leaders need protection from the wind – I’m happy to go in front.”

“If the opportunity comes up and I get the chance, I’d obviously also like to bring home a win here and there, but above all I’ll be there to lead out the others to victory.

 

“I like the atmosphere the team shows at the races and I’ve always felt that could fit well into an Australian-based environment. You can tell they have gathered a really good group of people who like to work together and I’m happy that I get the chance to be a part of that.”

Kluge will take on Ewan's major rival Mark Cavendish at the Rio Olympics in the men's omnium. He claimed silver in the event at the 2016 Track World Championships behind another young sprint star Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quickstep). 

The 30-year-old who leaves the winding down IAM Cycling will join Luka Mezgec in supporting the young sprinter. 

“Signing Roger means that we have one of the best athletes in the business to head out our lead-out train for Caleb,” White said.

“He’s a world class track rider but also very established on the road and capable of winning Grand Tour stages on his own.”

“For us, he will be a key addition to the work that Luka Mezgez already does really well and going onwards, we will be able to fine tune the way we bring our fast guys in the best possible way to the line.”