Donegal cyclist Philip Deignan has joined Team Sky, the world’s biggest cycling team, in what is a huge move in his cycling career.
The Letterkenny man signed on the dotted line for his new team on Friday ending months of speculation about a move to the leading team in world cycling.
It is a massive move in the career of Deignan, who first joined the professional ranks in 2006 and has ridden for a number of teams over the last six seasons.
Among the Letterkenny man’s teammates next season are this year’s Tour of France winner Chris Froome, and Olympic gold medal winner from London 2012, Englishman Bradley Wiggins.
“It’s a fantastic team where nothing is left to chance with the coaching and the diet – which will really suit the type of rider that I am. Team Sky will offer me the kind of environment I need to be in to help me perform to the best of my ability,” Deignan told the Team Sky website.
He joins Team Sky from the UnitedHealthcare team and riding for the last two seasons in the US and is after enjoying a very successful season in the States.
“We’re well aware of what he is capable of on a bike. He’s a climber of real quality and he will certainly strengthen our squad even further in stage race competition,” said Team Sky Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford, on the signing of the Letterkenny man.
“He brings experience to the team and we believe he belongs at this level. It’s great to finally have an Irish rider on our roster,” added the Team Sky principal, who went on to say that all at Team Sky were excited about their new signing.
Philip celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday.