Team Sky Signs Three Additional Riders
Team Sky sigsn Michael Barry, Christopher Sutton and Serge Pauwels.
Team Sky today announced the signing of Michael Barry, Christopher Sutton and Serge Pauwels.
The three international riders, each drawn from different pro cycling teams, bring the squad roster to 19 cyclists.
Announcing the new riders, Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: "These new signings will strengthen our profile even further with regards to both the classics and the big stage races. In Michael, we have a real ambassador of the sport, a great mentor for the younger riders and the kind of rider that will make a superb captain on the road.
Chris and Serge are two really exciting talents, who have both already achieved success with strong results over the last couple of seasons. I really feel both these riders are on the brink of making their international breakthrough and it is a fantastic opportunity for us at Team Sky to help develop and work with them to achieve their full potential."
Michael Barry, Canada:
Barry is one of the most experienced pros in the peloton and has ridden for some of the sports biggest and most successful teams, including US Postal Service alongside Lance Armstrong from 2002. The 33-year old Canadian has represented his country at both Commonwealth and Olympic level. Barry joins Team Sky from Team Columbia-HTC, he is also a journalist and a published author.
Christopher Sutton, Australia:
Australian Sutton turned professional with Cofidis in 2005. The 25-year old sprinter won the opening stage of this year's Tour of Britain and finished a very strong second overall. With many sprint victories to his name Chris' has the talent and determination to become a genuine contender in Grand Tour sprint stages and an overall contender in week long stage races. Sutton joins Team Sky from Team Garmin-Slipstream.
Serge Pauwels, Belgium:
The first Belgian on the team, Pauwels is a 25-year old talent who rode with both Rabobank's development team and Continental before turning Pro in 2006 with Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen. He is a great all rounder with excellent climbing skills and demonstrated his class in 2007 winning the mountains competition in the Tour Down Under. Serge comes to Team Sky from Cervelo Test Team where he came close to a major victory with a second place on the 15th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia.
The three new riders bring a fantastic blend of experience and developing talent to the squad and join their fellow Team Sky members Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Steve Cummings, Chris Froome, Ian Stannard, Russell Downing, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thomas Lovkvist, Kurt Asle Arvesen, Simon Gerrans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Kjell Carlstrom, John Lee Augustyn, Greg Henderson, Lars Petter Nordhaug and Morris Possoni.
Over the following months these riders will be joined by up to five more potentially reaching a total of 24. Further announcements will be made as they are secured.
Team Sky will compete from the start of 2010, beginning with the Tour Down Under, and hopes to gain an invitation to next year's Tour de France. The initial squad of around 25 riders will be supported by a team of coaches, technicians and support staff drawn from across the cycling world, many of whom work throughout the year with British elite and developing riders.