Trans­fer round-up: Geoghe­gan Hart joins Sky as Yates bros ex­tend deals

Cycling Weekly - - News - So­phie Hur­com

Highly rated young Bri­tish rider Tao Geoghe­gan Hart has joined Team Sky for the 2017 sea­son, af­ter sign­ing his first pro­fes­sional con­tract with the Bri­tish World­tour squad.

The 21-year-old U23 na­tional road race cham­pion has been a target of Sky’s for a while and orig­i­nally rode as a sta­giaire with the team last year, com­pet­ing at the Ja­pan Cup. How­ever, he de­cided to con­tinue rac­ing with Amer­i­can Con­ti­nen­tal squad Ax­eon Cy­cling Team this sea­son be­fore sign­ing with Sky for one year.

Geoghe­gan Hart is cur­rently rac­ing at the eight-stage Tour de l’avenir for Great Bri­tain — known as the Tour de France for U23 riders — and fin­ished fourth on the open­ing stage.

“It’s su­per ex­cit­ing for me,” he said. “This sea­son was about get­ting an­other year stronger, be­com­ing more con­sis­tent, and de­vel­op­ing as a rider and as a per­son, be­fore mak­ing the big step up from a Con­ti­nen­tal team to a World­tour team.”

Else­where, Adam and Si­mon Yates have both ex­tended their con­tracts with Orica-bi­ke­ex­change for two years, keep­ing them with the Aus­tralian squad un­til the end of 2018.

The Bury-born duo both see their fu­tures rac­ing in Grand Tours, with Adam fin­ish­ing fourth at the Tour de France and win­ning the young rider’s white jer­sey. Si­mon is cur­rently rac­ing at the Vuelta a Es­paña, hav­ing missed four months of the sea­son due to a ban for a pos­i­tive test due to an ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror over his use of an in­haler.

Mean­while, for­mer world cham­pion Philippe Gil­bert is join­ing Etixx-quick Step from BMC, and three-time world time trial cham­pion Tony Martin is mov­ing from Etixx to Ka­tusha on a two-year con­tract.

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