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by Shane Stokes
October 19, 2017
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Remaining with Team Sky after extending his contract, Colombian climber Sebastian Henao has set his sights on the youth classification award in next year’s Giro. “I’m very, very happy to continue in this great team – Team Sky is my second family,” he said on Wednesday. “It’s the best team in the world. I’ve enjoyed a good year and continued to race at the highest level. Every season I hope to get better.”
Henao has ridden the Giro d’Italia each year since turning pro with the team in 2014, and was 17th overall in 2016 plus fifth on a stage this season. He wants to continue to progress. “My big goal for next year is the Giro d’Italia. I would love to win the best young rider’s jersey.
“But in general, my goals remain the same – to support the team’s leaders in all competitions and keep growing as a cyclist.”
Team Sky Coach Xabier Artetxe believes there is plenty more to come. “This season we really tried to work with Sebastian on his consistency and we tried this year to have a really solid season,” he said. “I think since Tour Down Under, up until the final races he’s competed this year, they’ve almost exclusively been WorldTour races. He’s had a number of good performances with the pressure of trying to support the team, and I think he became a really good domestique rider.
“He’s still young but he’s at the age where he can now look to start getting some results, while continuing to develop. This year it was interesting to see how well he performed in some big WorldTour races like Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice or the Giro d’Italia. He did really solid work for the team but now is the time to start getting some results for himself too.”