Dario Cataldo signs for two years with Sky

Italian time trial champion Dario Cataldo, winner of stage 16 of the 2012 Vuelta, signs for Team Sky for two years

Italian Dario Cataldo will move to Sky for the 2013 season.

The announcement of Cataldo’s two-year deal with the British ProTeam comes on the back of his win in stage 16 of this year’s Vuelta a España, when he dropped Belgian Thomas De Gendt on the 20-percent-plus climb to Cuitu Negru.

The team’s signing of Cataldo, who showed promise as a young rider by winning the 2006 Baby Giro d’Italia and two stages at the 2007 Tour de l’Avenir, should give further traction to its GC ambitions for 2013.

Sean Yates, sports director for Sky, said of the defending Italian time trial champion, “Dario has repeatedly proven that he can be there on the climbs during tough stage races,” adding that, “a rider of his strength has the ability to work for the team leaders, but also has the potential to progress and become a GC contender in his own right.”

Having finished 12th in the 2011 and 2012 Giros d’Italia, Cataldo has demonstrated his capacity to perform in the high mountains over three weeks while holding his ground in the time trials.

No stranger to top teams after spending the past four years with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, and its previous iteration, Quick Step, Cataldo said of his transfer, “I was really excited when the opportunity arose for me to come to Team Sky… everybody knows this is the best team in the world, but there is still so much more they want to achieve.”