International Cycling

Roche signs for Team Sky

2014-10-01 12:36
Nicolas Roche (File)

London - Irish rider Nicolas Roche was on Tuesday unveiled at Team Sky along with four other new names for 2015.

The 30-year-old, who has a wealth of Grand Tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, Dutchman Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed for Team Sky after two years away.

Roche's signing is significant as it strengthens Chris Froome's support for the 2015 Tour de France, while simultaneously weakening Alberto Contador's squad as the Irishman was previously at Tinkoff-Saxo.

Roche, the son of 1987 Tour de France winner and world champion Stephen Roche, said: "It's a great honour to sign for Team Sky and I have the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world.

"I feel that I'm still developing as a rider so now's the perfect time to join Team Sky and to continue my upwards path."

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: "He brings a wealth of experience, having ridden 13 Grand Tours in his career, and that will be invaluable to the team.

"Nicolas has the perfect character and temperament for us and we expect him to play a key role next season."

Konig is also likely to play a strong support role for Froome, while also riding Grand Tours for a high placing himself.

While with Team Net-App-Endura, Konig placed seventh in the 2014 Tour de France and he has claimed stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana, Tour of California and Tour of Britain.

The 24-year-old Fenn becomes Team Sky's first Scottish rider, after moving from Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad.

Poels becomes the first Dutchman at Team Sky and the climber has been watched by the squad for some time, while Nordhaug returns after a three-year stay from 2010 to 2012.

Brailsford added: "We've signed five quality riders for next season and each one of them will help strengthen and enhance the squad.

"We have a strong nucleus of riders at Team Sky and these signings will be excellent additions to the squad.

"They all bring their own qualities and we're looking forward to welcoming them to the team and seeing them in action next season."

Read more on:    cycling

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.