Team Sky has signed British rider Jeremy Hunt along with his former Cervelo team-mate Davide Appollonio of Italy.

Hunt had been left without a team for next year after Cervelo pulled out of sponsorship. The Canadian bike manfacturer announced it would merge with the US-based Garmin team in late August and they took seven Cervelo riders, but not Hunt.

Fellow Brits Roger Hammond and Dan Lloyd moved over to Garmin, but after 15 years as a pro, and despite having one of his most consistent seasons, Hunt was left out.

The Devonian will now bolster Team Sky’s classics line-up and can do a good job looking after a sprinter. At this year’s Tour de France he shepherded Thor Hushovd, who spent nine days in the green jersey.

“Jeremy brings a wealth of experience with him which the younger riders will be able to benefit greatly from,” said Sky’s team principal Dave Brailsford. “His achievements speak for themselves and he is a well-respected rider within the peloton.”

Hunt started his career with Banesto in 1997. Since then he has ridden with a variety of French and Belgian teams, big and small. The 37-year-old’s biggest win came in 2002 at the GP Ouest France – Plouay. He has twice been British national road race champion.

By way of contrast, Appollonio has just completed his first year in the pro ranks. The 21-year-old Italian sprinter is Sky’s fifth signing this year after Alex Dowsett, Rigoberto Uran and Xabier Zandio.

A full interview with Jeremy Hunt appears in the December Cycle Sport magazine. Out now priced £4.25

jeremy hunt

Jeremy Hunt: Career wins
Otley criterium
Tour of Denmark; stage four

Tour de Langkawi; stage two

GP d’Ouverture La Marseillaise

Tour de la Region Wallonne; stage two

Tour de Picardie; stage two

GP Ouest France Plouay

Circuit Franco Belge; stage
Tour de la Somme; stage
British national road race champion

Tour of the Mediterranean; stage
Sea Otter Classic; stage
Herald Sun Tour

Tour of Portugal; stage
Tour of Portugal; stage

British national road race champion

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Jeremy Hunt: Rider profile
Cervelo confirms end of cycling team
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