German rider commits to Sky until past his 38th birthday

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Christian Knees has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky until the end of the 2019 season.

The German rider has proved himself a valuable domestique ever since first joining the team in 2011, including helping to guide Chris Froome to victory in the 2017 Tour de France with extensive work on the front of the peloton early in stages.

The new deal will keep Knees at Team Sky until past his 38th birthday, but Knees said that he has had no thought about retirement.

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“I love what I’m doing. I love to ride my bike and I don’t feel tired of it,” Knees said. “At the moment I would say even after these next two years I would like to continue – I will see then, but I feel good.

“First of all the Classics are my big goal for the 2018 season so I’m looking forward to that, then I’d love to make the Tour team again after proving myself this year.”

Knees is the fourth rider to renew his contract with Team Sky this year, after Chris Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, and Gertaint Thomas all did the same.

The team will also see the departures of Peter Kennaugh to Bora-Hansgrohe, Mikel Nieve to Orica-Scott, and Ian Boswell to Katusha-Alpecin,

However Team Sky has yet to announce any new signings, despite being linked to a number of riders.