Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart to begin apprenticeships with Team Sky on August 1, with Peters to sign two year contract at the start of 2016

Team Sky today announced the signing of British youngsters Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart as stagiaires for the rest of the 2015 season.

Peters, 21, will make his debut for the team in this Sunday’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic after a strong season at the SEG Racing Academy, which has seen him finish second overall at the Tour of Normandy and win a stage at the Tour de Bretagne.

Geoghegan Hart, 20, joins after two years riding for Axeon Cycling, finishing third at this year’s U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and 15th overall at the 2014 Tour of Britain.

Team Sky’s head of performance operations, Rod Ellingworth, said: “We’ve been watching Alex and Tao progress over the last few years and they’re both showing real promise. It’s a big step in their developing careers and we’re happy that they are taking that step with us.”

As stagiaires, Peters and Geoghegan Hart will be trainees for Team Sky, starting their apprenticeships with the team on August 1. Peters will then sign a two-year contract with the team at the start of the 2016 season.

Peters said: “When I found out that Sir Dave Brailsford and the Team Sky staff were following my career, it made me extremely proud and motivated. I want to succeed as GC rider in the future and I feel Sky is the best platform for me to listen, learn and develop. Signing for Team Sky is a dream come true and I can’t wait to start.”

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  • hailpantani

    Great signings. Re. the Yates brothers, wasn’t the story that SKY missed out because the brothers didn’t want to end up as domestiques? They certainly have been allowed their freedom at Orica. Here’s hoping Hart and Peters get a fair shout at SKY.

  • Mark Jones

    I guess they want to see how he fits into Team Sky’s way or working before committing.

  • Brendan Power

    Good news for British riders. It says Peters will sign a two year contract, but what about
    Geoghegan Hart ?

  • Mark Jones

    I’m pleased to see that Team Sky are taking on these two as stagiaires for the rest of the season, but it has taken them long enough to consider this option for giving young riders a chance. Hopefully we will see a few more coming through this route in the future, as Sky’s success this season has mainly been attributable to British riders. They will not want to miss out again on talent like the Yates twins. Also encouraging that a rider who started out on the UK domestic scene can progress to World Tour and will give incentive to others. Roger Hammond must be pleased to see that a rider who he helped to develop whilst at Madison-Genesis is being given this opportunity.

  • John Westwell

    It’s amazing that they are only one year apart in age – Peters looks about 35 whilst Geoghegan Hart looks like a teenager. Well done to Team Sky for taking them onboard. I look forward to seeing one or both of them in the Tour of Britain.