Danny Pate at the front, Paris-Nice 2011, stage four

American Danny Pate has signed to the British Sky squad for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Pate signs to Sky from the HTC-Highroad team, which disbands at the end of this season due to lack of sponsorship.

Pate's signing will fuel further rumours of Mark Cavendish's move to the team - Pate has been a key part of Cavendish's lead-out train this season. Cavendish has so far remained tight-lipped about his home for 2012.

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