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by Shane Stokes
August 18, 2017
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Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo and Paris-Nice stage winner David de la Cruz have both sealed deals to ride with Team Sky from next year. Castroviejo has helped Nairo Quintana to victory in the 2014 Giro d’Italia and the 2016 Vuelta a España and now, after six years with Movistar, is moving on.
“Everybody knows the strength in the team, and how important the spirit between the riders is to the team’s success,” he said of Team Sky. “I’m really looking forward to being part of that, bringing my own experience and learning new things. I have been part of Grand Tour winning teams in the past and I want to do that again in the future. I’m happy to be taking this next step with Team Sky.”
Now 30 years of age, his past results include three national time trial championships, the 2016 European TT championships plus stage wins in the Tour of Romandie and the Volta ao Algarve. As for De La Cruz, he is two years younger and has been competing with QuickStep Floors for the past two seasons.
“I’m excited to be joining the team,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at QuickStep but I definitely feel that, at this point in my career, Team Sky is the best place for me to progress and to be the best rider I can be. I think the team understand my skills as a rider and what I can offer to the team, so I’m really happy to be joining Team Sky and I am looking forward to this new challenge.”
He won a stage and placed seventh overall in last year’s Vuelta a España, as well as wearing the leader’s jersey. This season he finished third overall in the Vuelta a Burgos.