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Colombians Fernando Gaviria and Ivan Sosa outline 2019 season plans

Daniel Ostanek
4 Dec 2018

Climbing sensation Sosa confirms Team Sky move in new interview

Ivan Sosa, the 21-year-old Androni Giocattoli climber, has seemingly confirmed his 2019 move to Team Sky in a new interview, declaring his happiness at the upcoming transfer.

Though the move has been widely-rumoured after his messy contract dispute with Trek-Segafredo, the British team has yet to confirm the signing of Sosa. Team Sky’s training camp in Spain gets underway next week, with Sosa expected to join before then.

'I’m very happy to take on this new goal,' Sosa told ciclismointernacional.com. 'You’re always a little nervous because it’s a new team, but at the same time I’m very happy because it’s the best team in the world, where everyone would like to be.'

Sosa, who won Adriatica Ionica, the Sibiu Tour and the Vuelta a Burgos in 2018, is set to debut in Team Sky colours at his home race, the Tour Colombia (formerly Colombia Oro y Paz).

Fernando Gaviria will be there too, riding for his new team, UAE Team Emirates. Speaking to El Espectador, the sprinter will head there after making his first appearance for the team at January’s Vuelta a San Juan. At the same time he expanded on his reasons for leaving Quick-Step Floors.

'I think the cycle with Quick-Step was at the end,' Gaviria said. 'So we wanted to try other teams and UAE Team Emirates was the option. We wanted a change, we looked for a change, and we hope that the change has been the right one.'

Gaviria rode his first Tour de France in 2018, taking two stage wins in the opening four days before leaving the race in the Alps.

The 2017 Giro d’Italia points jersey winner confirmed that the Tour will be his focus next season, with the Italian race possibly on the cards as a warm-up.

'We are waiting [to decide my schedule] because some directors wanted me to do 10 days of the Giro to prepare for the Tour,' he said.

'Others said it was better to go to the Tour of California to prepare, so we’re waiting for the right path to the Tour, which is our biggest goal.'