Philip Deignan to add another season at Team Sky
Oct 18 2017 11:57 pm CET

Philip Deignan to add another season at Team Sky
Philip Deignan to add another season at Team Sky
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Philip Deignan has extended his contract with Team Sky. The Irishman will as such add a fifth season with the British formation.

Deignan has been one of the strongest domestiques in the team's victories at Paris-Nice, the Tour of the Alps, the Clasica San Sebastian and the Vuelta a Burgos, throughout the 2017 season.

The rider is happy about his new deal with the team. "It was a very easy decision," he said to "I’ve been part of the team now for four years, I’ve settled in nicely and I’ve made so many good friends on the team. I feel almost part of the family now, so it was an easy decision to stay.

"I like the way the team works with everything being quite scheduled out and planned. I find I work better in that environment and the team provides all of that for me with such a professional set up and coaching. We’re so well looked after on this team and I can’t take it for granted just how well we’re all looked after. It’s been a great experience for me so I’m looking forward to it continuing."

When asked about his 2017 season, the rider has one race as his most important moment. "The Giro (d'Italia) was a highlight this year," he explained. "Obviously we had a few setbacks at the race as well. It wasn’t how we wanted or planned it to be but we had to sort of move on after G(eraint Thomas) and Mikel (Nieve)’s crash.

"It gave me a bit of freedom to be more aggressive in the mountain stages and go up the road. I hadn’t had the opportunity to do that earlier in the year and it changed the style of racing a lot and we were able to be more aggressive and go for stage wins and breaks. I really enjoyed that second half of the Giro so that was definitely a highlight."

Deignan has his eye on a 2018 season that is similar to the one that is finishing. "I think my aims will be similar to this year, and just trying to be consistently good from February onwards," the rider commented. "Being able to do the job I’m asked to do, and hopefully have a solid Giro and work towards that race again as a big objective. But mainly consistency and being able to do my job."




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