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by Shane Stokes
December 6, 2017
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Many teams are downsizing due to the drop in the size of squads in Grand Tours and other races, but Team Sky has opted for the maximum number of 30 riders for 2018. The British squad announced the signing of Leonardo Basso on Tuesday, saying that he would be the final rider to join the roster.
He is one of eight newcomers for 2018, joining talented young competitors Egan Bernal, Kristoffer Halvorsen, Chris Lawless and Pavel Sivakov, and established pros Jonathan Castroviejo, David de la Cruz and Dylan van Baarle. The 23-year-old Italian was a stagiaire with Trek in 2015, securing the slot after results such as third on a stage of the USA Pro Challenge, but hardly raced in 2016. This season he took fifth in the Trofeo Citta di Brescia.
“It’s a dream come true to be joining Team Sky,” he said. “My main objective is to help the team wherever I can. I want to learn about the job and what it means to be a pro bike rider. I want to learn as much as I can from my team-mates and increase my level day by day. From watching the team you can see they have a clear focus, they pay attention to equipment and the details that go into cycling. It’s impressive to see the innovation and to now be a part of that.”
Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said that the team was “establishing a group of exceptional young riders at Team Sky. I have no doubt they are going to make a big impact and be an important part of our future. I believe the group of home grown and international young talent we are building represents the brightest future we have ever had at Team Sky.”