Cycling – Team Sky: Egan Bernal Signs 5-Year Contract
Colombian rider Egan Bernal has marked another 5-year contract with Team Sky to stretch out his agreement to 2023.
The 21-year-old is one of cycling’s most encouraging youthful riders and played a major part in Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France win in July.
He won the Tour of California in May, however has not taken part in a professional cycling race, since facial and head injuries, during an accident at the Clasica San Sebastian in August.
Most riders sign 1 or 2 year deals in pro cycling, albeit both Thomas and 4-time Tour champion Chris Froome are presently on 3-year contracts with Team Sky.
Talk about locking it down..! Egan Bernal pens a five-year deal with Team Sky. When is the last time a WorldTour rider signed such a lengthy contract?
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) October 5, 2018
Bernal joined from Italian outfit Androni-Sidermec in January and came 6th in his debut for the British team at the Tour Down Under, before taking 2nd at the Tour of Romandie and completing fifteenth in his first Grand Tour at the Tour de France.
Having recouped from his accident at the Clasica San Sebastian, Bernal is set to return at the Giro dell’Emilia race in Italy on Saturday.
Team Sky have won six of the previous seven Tours with Thomas, Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins, while Froome additionally asserted the 2018 Giro d’Italia and 2017 Vuelta a Espana.
Egan Bernal’s Sky deal is one of the most expensive ever signed in pro cycling, and definitely among the longest. Recall Robert Gesink signing with Rabobank for five years many moons ago. Any others?
— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) October 5, 2018
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