Team Sky making me a better rider, says Wout Poels

New recruit impressive in role of team leader at Tirreno-Adriatico after Chris Froome's withdrawal through illness

Wouter Poels on the podium after winning Stage 4 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Dutchman Wout Poels thanked Team Sky for signing him and helping him to improve after his victory in the Tirreno-Adriatico today, but said he wished that Chris Froome could at his side to enjoy it.

The British rider was forced to withdraw 48 hours before the race because of illness, leaving Poels without his usual leader.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.