Colombian rider Egan Bernal has penned a five-year deal with Team Sky that extends his stay until 2023. Team Sky announced the news on Friday, with the 21-year-old signing a new deal after an impressive first year as a professional with them.
Bernal won in Colombia and California before playing his part in helping Geraint Thomas triumph in the Tour de France.
He’s looking forward to his ongoing development with the team after committing his long-term future.
“It feels like a new stage in my life,” Bernal said in a Sky statement. “I know five years is a long time and that it’s not too common in cycling, but the team has been great for me. They offer me everything I could want and I’m excited about the future.
“My ambition is to keep developing as a rider – to learn from and help the best and become a key member of the team for many years to come.”
Team boss Dave Brailsford believes Bernal can be a future star and has the potential to compete for the biggest prizes.
He said: “It is the clearest signal of our belief in Egan as a rider, with the potential to win the biggest races in the world in the coming years.
“Egan is part of the next generation at Team Sky, our next big leader for Grand Tours in the years to come. He is a top talent who has already shown his mental and physical strength in recent months. He will only keep on improving.