Spaniard joins Sky after best season of his professional career

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David de la Cruz has become Team Sky’s second signing for the 2018 season, joining the British squad after three years at Quick-Step Floors.

In a move announced on the same day as Team Sky’s signing of Jonathan Castroviejo from Movistar, De la Cruz will join the British team after the most successful season of his career, which included winning the final stage of Paris-Nice, winning a stage and finishing fourth overall in the Tour of the Basque Country, and finishing third in the recent Vuelta a Burgos.

He also finished seventh in the 2016 Vuelta a España, winning a stage and wearing the red jersey in the process, and will be looking to build on that result in this year’s race.

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“I’m excited to be joining the team,” said the 28-year-old. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Quick-Step but I definitely feel that, at this point in my career, Team Sky is the best place for me to progress and to be the best rider I can be.”

“I think the team understand my skills as a rider and what I can offer to the team, so I’m really happy to be joining Team Sky and I am looking forward to this new challenge.”

Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte has previously worked with De la Cruz at Caja Rural where he spent the first three years of his professional career.

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“De la Cruzis another really versatile rider who can perform a lot of roles, but he climbs very well and he has had some excellent results on really tough mountain stages, like at the Vuelta a Espana and at Paris Nice. I’m sure he will fit straight in at Team Sky,” Artexte said.

“He has an interesting story in that he didn’t start in bike riding until quite late. His progression has been fast and his talent has always been obvious. He is an excellent signing for us.

“His performances and results have been improving every year and there is definitely room for him to keep progressing with Team Sky.”