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by Shane Stokes
October 19, 2017
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Philip Deignan has signed a contract to compete in what will be his fifth season as part of Team Sky, committing to don the jersey again in 2018. “It was a very easy decision. I’ve been part of the team now for four years, I’ve settled in nicely and I’ve made so many good friends on the team,” he said on Wednesday.
“I like the way the team works with everything being quite scheduled out and planned. I find I work better in that environment and the team provides all of that for me with such a professional set up and coaching. We’re so well looked after. It’s been a great experience for me so I’m looking forward to it continuing.”
Deignan has taken some big results in the past, including a stage victory in the Vuelta a España, but he has given up his own chances to ride as a domestique with the team. It stated on Wednesday that it considered his work ‘instrumental to a number of big victories,’ naming Paris-Nice, the Tour of the Alps, Clasica San Sebastian and the Vuelta a Burgos as some of the races concerned.
“I set out at the start of the year to try to have a good, strong season,” said the 34-year-old. “To be there consistently and able to do my job at every race. I was able to do that for the majority of the year I feel, especially at the times I was called up quite last minute for a few races like Paris-Nice and Catalunya.
“The season in general I was really happy with. But it’s so easy on this team when you enter a squad with a big leader like a Froomey, Sergio Henao or G and any of these guys. It makes the job so much easier when you’ve got a guy who you know can win.”