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Geoghegan Hart signs new deal with Team Sky

Geoghegan Hart has been with Team Sky for the most part of his pro career. Credit: AP

Tao Geoghegan Hart has signed a new deal with Team Sky that will see him remain with the team until the end of the 2020 season.

The 23-year-old rode his first Grand Tour earlier this year in La Vuelta a Espana. Elsewhere he claimed a top-five finish at the 2018 Tour of California as well as aiding Geraint Thomas' win in the Criterium du Dauphine back in June.

Speaking about the future, Geoghegan Hart told Team Sky's website: "I definitely want to try and target the Giro for 2019 and go there with everything I learned about Grand Tour racing at the Vuelta, but also the training and build-up to the race.

"Trying to get that right is key as it felt like I didn’t quite get as much from myself performance-wise as I’d hoped in Spain. It’s about continuing in the direction I’ve been going and to keep building forwards.”

Team Sky have been busy this summer after tying down Geraint Thomas until 2021 and bringing back Ben Swift for next season.


Ben Swift to return to Team Sky in 2019

Ben Swift will return to Team Sky in 2019, the British WorldTour team have announced. Credit: PA

Ben Swift will return to Team Sky in 2019, the British WorldTour team have announced.

The Rotherham-born rider joined Sky for their launch in 2010 but has spent the last two seasons with UAE Team Emirates after leaving in 2016.

The 30-year-old said he was excited to be returning to a place where he knows he can fit straight back in.

"It's a great feeling to be re-joining Team Sky," Swift said.

"Obviously I know the ins and outs of the team. I feel really comfortable here and it's a place I've grown as a rider."

Most of Swift's best results, including podium finishes at Milan-San Remo in 2014 and 2016 - came in Team Sky colours.

His time with the UAE Emirates squad was frustrated by injuries, though he managed fifth place in last year's road world championships in Bergen, Norway racing for Great Britain.

He will now return to Sky as an experienced head, and the team's performance manager Rod Ellingworth said they would look to him to mentor their younger riders.

"Ben has got a crucial role to play next season," Ellingworth said. "He's not only a fine rider in his own right, but he's also a superb role model for the younger riders on the team to learn from, as we look to bring through the next generation at Team Sky."

Team Sky sign Narvaez for 2019 season

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Team Sky have announced the signing of the former Ecuadorian champion Jhonatan Narvaez.

The 21-year-old joins the British outfit from Quick-Step Floors after just one season.

Narvaez told Team Sky's website “I characterise myself as a bit of an all-rounder and next season one of my goals is to try and develop further so I can be in a position to help the team and also win races.

“I am 21 years old and I know on this team I will have great support to improve myself and grow as a rider.”

Narvaez won the Ecuadorian national championships in 2017 and finished second in the race this season.

Sky also announced a new five-year deal for young Colombian Egan Bernal, who was a stand out performer this year particular in the Tour de France.

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