Frenchman Sylvain Calzati is set to join the British-based Team Sky in 2010.
Calzati was named in a report in today’s edition of L’Equipe, who claim that he has signed a one-year deal.
He makes the move from French squad Agritubel, who are ending their participation in the sport.
Team directeur sportif Denis Leproux was pleased for his charge: “I am happy that Sylvain will ride for Sky next year. Moreover, I think that this year with our team saw an upturn for him, the restarting of his road. He didn’t ride much this year; I think next year will work much better for him.”
The 30-year-old has been a journeyman professional, beginning his career at Barloworld before moving on to RAGT Semences. His breakthrough victory was the 2004 Tour de l’Avenir, securing him a contract with Ag2r Prévoyance.
However, the biggest moment of his career came in the 2006 edition of the Tour de France, when the little-known rider took surprise solo stage victory in Lorient.
His career somewhat stalled in the following years, but Calzati has steadied the ship this season, claiming several strong results. His best finish of the year was fifth overall in the Tour de l’Ain.
Team Sky as it happens