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Caleb Ewan gains sprint support in cycling

AAP logoAAP 4/08/2016

A day after Caleb Ewan's re-signing, Australian cycling team Orica-Bike Exchange has beefed up his sprint train.

Swiss star Roger Kluge will join the team on a two-year deal and his main role will be as a key support rider for Ewan in the high-speed sprint finishes.

Kluge's team IAM Cycling will fold at the end of this season.

The 30-year-old will compete on the track at the Rio Olympics and is a two-time Games silver medallist.

He also won a stage at this year's Giro d'Italia.

In the past few days the Australian team have also signed Roman Kreuziger and Carlos Verona to support their growing Grand Tour ambitions.

"I'm really motivated to get integrated into the team and to play an important role in the sprint train," Kluge said in a team statement.

"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."

Team director Matt White said Kluge was one of pro cycling's best lead-out men.

"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," White said.

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