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by Shane Stokes
January 9, 2018
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Signed to Team Sky and making his racing debut this month in the Santos Tour Down Under, Egan Bernal has spoken of his excitement at being part of the team. “For me it’s really good to be here and for the next two or three seasons I want to learn a lot, gain experience and learn to be better at the time trial.
“I think it is the best team. We have a lot of big riders and it’s a good place to learn and get experience. It’s the team of my dreams. I want to learn from riders like Froomey and Kwiato and the other guys.”
The 20-year-old-Colombian is regarded as one of the top young talents in the sport and landed nine wins last season. These included the overall victory in the Tour de l’Avenir, as well as two stages in the race. “It was really nice because I won the Tour de l’Avenir and for me it was very important,” he said.
“Also, on that day, I saw the tweets and my friends were sending me messages saying that Team Sky had announced I would be with them. It was very nice.”
His other victories included two stages plus the overall classification in both the Sibiu Cycling Tour and the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc. Those successes mark out his potential, and he hopes to further build by being around compatriots Sebastian and Sergio Henao in 2018.
“It’s really nice to have two other Colombian guys like Sergio and Sebastian because they are really friendly with me and I can learn from them,” he said. “They talk a lot with me about how to be within the team and to speak Spanish with another Colombian is nice.”