Robbie McEwen, who has won 12 stages and three green jerseys at the Tour de France, will join GreenEDGE Cycling next year to share his experiences with the next generation of Australian cyclists starting on the bike, and then as a technical advisor. The Queenslander will make the transition to retirement during the 2012 season but will remain part of the team, saying that passing on his knowledge to the younger guys on the team has him as motivated as ever to prepare for his seventeenth season in the professional peloton.
"My role is to ride for the first half of the season, to give me the opportunity to start my position from within the group, a bit like being a captain-coach on the field in football," McEwen said.
"On the road you can see a lot more and are likely to have a bigger impact on the younger guys and you can lead by example. After that I’ll move into a role, around the time of the Tour de France, to be a tactical advisor. It’s a similar role to the one Erik Zabel has been doing for the past few years at HTC-Highroad, scouting the finishes and informing the guys of what’s coming up and what I think might be the best way to
The on the road leadership role is one McEwen will share with Stuart O’Grady. McEwen says he’s looking forward to working with his former rival, who he labelled as one of the best tactically and the perfect guy to guide the team on the road.
Throughout his professional career, which started in 1996, McEwen has ridden for Dutch, Belgian and American teams. He said getting the chance to ride in an Australian team only adds to his motivation to put in another big pre-season.
"A few of my future colleagues, and future team-mates, have already said this is a dream that has been 20-years in the making and I absolutely want to be a part of that whole experience."
source: GreenEDGE Cycling