Luke Plapp will join Jayco AlUla after breaking his Ineos Grenadiers contract early.
Plapp, a multiple national champion at junior and U23 level, burst onto the professional scene with an impressive victory in the national time trial championships in 2021. Back-to-back Australian road race titles in 2022 and 2023 further confirmed his ability as he made the step up to WorldTour level with INEOS Grenadiers in 2022.
“There’s no mistaking that Luke has incredible talent, so for us to be welcoming him to our team with a four-year contract is very exciting for everybody involved. We have to thank Gerry Ryan for his commitment to making this signing a reality, as well as our partners AlUla and Giant for their support”, said Brent Copeland – Jayco AlUla General Manager
“Luke is still a very young rider; we are motivated to work with him and have him grow with us as a team into the future. With our strengthened climbing group for the coming season, Luke will have a good support team around him, and we are looking forward to seeing him challenge for general classification success and continue to aim for top results in time trials. As an Australian team, we are already very much looking forward to the national championships in January and seeing if he can defend his road race title for a third year running.”
“It honestly does feel like I’m coming home, I’m such a proud Australian and to now be able to ride for the Australian team, it’s a real honour. I just can’t wait to get started; the next four years are going to be amazing on this team”, said Luke Plapp.
“I can’t thank Gerry Ryan and the team enough for this opportunity. Gerry has done so much for Australian cycling and to now be on his team and to be able to ride for him, it makes me really proud and super grateful. I can’t wait to achieve great things together. It is such a great group of guys and I know so many of them already so I’m really looking forward to kicking things off well in my first race with the team.”