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Ian Stannard signs new three-year contract with Team Sky

Joe Robinson
23 Aug 2017

Ian Stannard extends his contract with Team Sky until the end of 2020

Ian Stannard has extended his contract with Team Sky by three years taking him through to the end of the 2020 season. 

This new deal will see Stannard extend his tenure at Team Sky to eleven years, having joined the team at its inception in 2010. 

The Brit will continue with his role as key domestique for Chris Froome whilst also still focusing on his own success in the cobbled classics. Stannard currently finds himself supporting Froome's overall bid for the Vuelta a Espana. 

Stannard has experienced previous success in the early season classics having won consecutive Omloop Het Nieuwsblads in 2014 and 2015. The Team Sky man also holds the joint best placed finish at Paris-Roubaix by a Brit, sharing the honour with Roger Hammond, having finished third last year. 

Looking towards the future, Stannard has earmarked Roubaix glory as his big goal, looking to make amends for an underwhelming 2017 classics campaign. 

In conversation with Team Sky online, Stannard discussed these future goals. 

'I’m thinking about next year now and pulling all the pieces together for that. I’ll sit down with Rod [Ellingworth] and go through it - pick this season apart and put a plan in for next year.' he said.

'Paris-Roubaix is the one I really I want to win and I need to try and get that right.'

Team Sky coach Ellingworth noted Stannard's importance to the team and his commitment to supporting his own individual goals. 

'Ian is a really solid bike rider - he plays a crucial role for the team but he can perform individually as well. He covers both grounds there, with the Classics before switching to the Grand Tours.' Ellingworth said.

'I know he is still motivated to win the Classics. We’re always talking about changes we can make and how we approach this winter, so I have every confidence in him.'