British trio sign new Team Sky contracts

Thu, 20 Oct 08:50:00 2011

Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh have all re-signed with Team Sky ahead of the 2012 season.

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The trio have become key members of the squad and their contract signing follows on from the announcement that Mark Cavendish will be joining the team for 2012.

Swift, 23, was in fine form during 2011 with five sprint victories during the opening five months of the season which earned the Yorkshireman his first Tour de France ride.

"I'm delighted with the way things have gone over the last two years and am over the moon to have signed this new contract," he said.

"The support the team have given me both on and off the bike has been absolutely fantastic and I just hope I can keep progressing now and win more bike races. We're a really tight-knit group here and I’m really looking forward to seeing us push on and grow as a team."

Stannard is regarded as one of the strongest Classics riders in the team and secured his first professional victory at the Tour of Austria in July.

The 24-year-old played a key support role for Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins at the Vuelta a Espana in August and was a member of Great Britain's World Championship-winning road team in September.

"I've learned so much from my first two seasons with Team Sky and am excited about what the future holds now I have signed this new deal," he said. "The Classics are where I want to specialise so I will be working hard to try and hit the ground running next spring.

"For the rest of next season I'm happy riding on the front and getting involved in the lead-outs, and if I can get in a few breakaways along the way then hopefully there could be some more victories to come."

Kennaugh earned his first Grand Tour ride at the Vuelta a Espana last year and this season marked himself out as a promising stage-race rider with a podium position at the Route du Sud and a top-five finish in the Tour of Poland.

"I was really happy to turn professional with Team Sky and they have given me tremendous support over the last two years," said the 22-year-old.

"The team is the ideal place for me to continue progressing as a rider and I am delighted to be extending my contract with them.

"Next year my focus will be on chasing more results on the road, probably in some of the more testing week-long races and of course the London Olympics."

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said he was delighted to have secured the contracts of the three riders.

"Having nurtured them on Great Britain's Olympic Academy Programme, we knew these guys had bright futures ahead of them, and they have all fulfilled that promise, and more," he said.

"It has been great to watch them flourish at the very highest level of the sport and we are delighted that they have chosen to stay with the team.

"I have no doubt at all that these riders will go from strength-to-strength in the future and we will continue to give them all the support they need to fulfil their massive potential."


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