Two new Brits sign for Team Sky

Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart to begin apprenticeships with Team Sky on August 1, with Peters to sign two year contract at the start of 2016

Team Sky today announced the signing of British youngsters Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart as stagiaires for the rest of the 2015 season.

Peters, 21, will make his debut for the team in this Sunday's RideLondon-Surrey Classic after a strong season at the SEG Racing Academy, which has seen him finish second overall at the Tour of Normandy and win a stage at the Tour de Bretagne.

Geoghegan Hart, 20, joins after two years riding for Axeon Cycling, finishing third at this year's U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and 15th overall at the 2014 Tour of Britain.

Team Sky's head of performance operations, Rod Ellingworth, said: "We’ve been watching Alex and Tao progress over the last few years and they’re both showing real promise. It’s a big step in their developing careers and we’re happy that they are taking that step with us."

As stagiaires, Peters and Geoghegan Hart will be trainees for Team Sky, starting their apprenticeships with the team on August 1. Peters will then sign a two-year contract with the team at the start of the 2016 season.

Peters said: "When I found out that Sir Dave Brailsford and the Team Sky staff were following my career, it made me extremely proud and motivated. I want to succeed as GC rider in the future and I feel Sky is the best platform for me to listen, learn and develop. Signing for Team Sky is a dream come true and I can’t wait to start."

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.