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Team Sky sign Jonathan Castroviejo and David De La Cruz

Joe Robinson
17 Aug 2017

Team Sky sign Jonathan Castroviejo from Movistar and David De La Cruz from Quick-Step Floors

Just as it looked as if Team Sky were stalling in this year's transfer window, they hit a one-two punch with a double signing this morning.

Immediately after announcing the signing of Spanish time trial specialist Jonathan Castroviejo from Movistar on a three-year deal, Team Sky also confirmed the signature of David De La Cruz from Quick-Step Floors. 

De La Cruz joins Team Sky after impressive performances at the Vuelta a Burgos as well as Paris-Nice. De La Cruz finished third overall in Burgos behind eventual winner Mikel Landa. 

The 28-year-old Spaniard finished seventh in last year's Vuelta a Espana, after having worn the leaders journey and also won Stage nine.

The signature of De La Cruz alongside Castroveijo act as almost exact replacements for compatriots Mikel Landa and Mikel Nieve who find themselves leaving Team Sky at the end of the season. 

Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte, who worked with De La Cruz at Cara Rujal, believes the Spaniard will be a perfect fit for his new side. 

'He is another really versatile rider who can perform a lot of roles, but he climbs very well and he has had some excellent results on really tough mountain stages, like at the Vuelta a Espana and at Paris Nice. I’m sure he will fit straight in at Team Sky.'

De La Cruz is the latest signing to the Team Sky arsenal, with Jonathan Castroviejo also announcing his move this morning.

The 30-year-old has spent the last six seasons with Movistar but will now jump ship to the British WorldTour side in a deal that will take him through till the end of the 2020 season.

Castroviejo has been a key domestique for the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana in the past, leading them both to Spring Classics and grand tour success respectively.

Castroviejo is most noted for his time trialling ability, a skill that saw him win the European Time Trial Championships last Summer. The Spaniard has also taken stage victories at the Tour of Romandie and Volta ao Algarve.

Team Sky's confidence in this signing is evident in the length of his contract. Signing a three-year deal, it is clear that Team Sky believe Castroviejo will be a valuable asset for years to come.

Speaking to Team Sky online, the Spaniard noted his excitement at starting this new adventure, paying particular attention to adding towards the team's grand tour success.

'Everybody knows the strength in the team, and how important the spirit between the riders is to the team’s success. I’m really looking forward to being part of that, bringing my own experience and learning new things.' he said.

'I have been part of Grand Tour winning teams in the past and I want to do that again in the future. I’m happy to be taking this next step with Team Sky.'

Team Sky coach Xabi Artexte believes that Castroviejo's experience and all round ability will add quality to the team from next season.

'He can win time trials and he can perform well in one-week stage races. He could also be one of the best domestique riders in the world and he can contribute a lot for this team.' Artexte told Team Sky online.

'He’s always calm under pressure, and knows what to do and when to do it. He knows how to win the big races. He’s got experience which can be a real benefit and he can bring some good ideas to the team. He will be a really good rider for us.'

Expect this to be the start of more Team Sky activity in the transfer window as they look to replace the departing Mikel Nieve who will be joining Orica-Scott and Mikel Landa who will be moving in the opposite direction to Castroviejo, signing for Movistar.