Team Sky's 'unstoppable' new young signing can win top level races 'within three years'

Team Sky have signed Russian climber and general classification rider Pavel Sivakov for three years, and his current sports director believes he can be one of the world's best

Pavel Sivakov at the 2015 World Championships (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Pavel Sivakov, the Russian 20-year-old who has signed a three year contract to race for Team Sky from 2018, has been heralded as a future world class stage racer by his current sports director.

Klaas Lodewyck has worked with Sivakov for the previous two seasons at BMC Development team, where the rider has excelled in U23 stage races, this year winning the Baby Giro, Ronde de l'Isard and Giro della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc. He also took a stage win in the Tour de l'Avenir.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.