Beñat Intxausti says he has always admired the way Team Sky works and admits he couldn't turn down the chance to join the British team

With the wealth of talent that Team Sky has signed up for 2016, one that has gone slightly more under the radar is that of Movistar’s Beñat Intxausti.

The Spaniard enjoyed success as a team leader in short stage races in 2015, as well as performing a key role and winning a stage at the Giro d’Italia in May.

His ability in the week-long races, shown by third at the Ruta del Sol and fourth at the Criterium du Dauphiné, could see him take on some of Richie Porte’s early-season workload and with Mikel Landa now on board, Intxausti could again play the role of super-domestique at the Giro.

And in an interview with Biciciclismo, the 29-year-old said the opportunity to join the British team was too good to turn down.

“Sky is a reference and it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss,” he said. “It means starting a new chapter and changing to a team that I’ve always liked for how it works. It’s perfect.”