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Team Sky sign Classics prospect Dylan van Baarle

Joe Robinson
18 Sep 2017

Dutchman Dylan van Baarle signs for Team Sky from Cannondale-Drapac

Team Sky have announced the signing of young classics prospect Dylan van Baarle for Cannondale-Drapac. Having impressed in the Spring Classics, van Baarle will move across to the British WorldTour team in 2018. 

Having improved on his sixth place in the 2016 Tour of Flanders with fourth this year, van Baarle caught the eyes of many, finishing in the top-10 at E3 Harelbeke and Dwars Door Vlaanderen also. 

At only 25-years-old, the Dutchman already boasts overall victory at the Tour of Britain in 2014, a victory he took as a neo-pro. 

Van Baarle will add depth to an already strong Team Sky classics team that contains Milan-Sanremo winner Michal Kwiatkowski and Paris-Roubaix podium-finisher Ian Stannard. 

Van Baarle stated that Team Sky are currently the best team in the peloton and this was one of the main reasons for his move across from Cannondale-Drapac. 

'I’m really looking forward to the next two years. It’s a dream come true to ride for the team and I think this is the next step in my career.' he told Team Sky online.

'I’ve raced against Team Sky for the last four years and you can see it’s maybe the best team in the peloton. Now I’m joining the team and I think I will suit the team well.'

Team Sky sports director Servais Knaven commented on van Baarle's strength in the classics and how valuable an asset he will be for the team. 

'Dylan is a talented young rider with who is keen to come to Team Sky and continue to develop. He will be a really good guy for us to have in the team.'

'This year he was fourth at Flanders and always at the front of the race. He grew up with these tough races and I think he can be a really good rider for us in the Classics.'