Dutch sprinter Danny Van Poppel has been signed by Team Sky for the 2016 season from Trek Factory Racing.
Van Poppel took the biggest victory of his career in the Vuelta a España this year, winning the bunch sprint on stage 12. He also won two stages of the Tour de Wallonie and a stage of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen this season.
The 22-year-old will have a mixed role in the team, slotting into its Classics roster, providing team support and also having some opportunities to take wins for himself.
“I am about to complete my third year as a professional and feel ready to take my career to the next stage,” said Van Poppel. “I grabbed the opportunity to join Team Sky with both hands.
“With the knowledge and support they are able to offer, I believe I can grow, improve my performances, and support some of the world’s best riders on the very biggest stage.”
Sky team prinicpal Dave Brailsford said: “Danny achieved a terrific stage victory in the Vuelta a Espana recently, proving he’s a strong sprinter, and we also see him fitting into our Classics group in the seasons to come.”
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Van Poppel is from a well-known cycling family: his father Jean-Paul van Poppel was a former professional and his brother Boy Van Poppel is currently riding for Trek.