Edmondson signs neo-pro contract with Sky

Young British climber joins WorldTour ranks with late contract

Sky has signed British prospect Josh Edmondson to a two-year rookie contract.

Edmondson, 20 years old, joins the British ProTeam after two years with the Italian Colpack squad. In 2012, he finished 10th overall at Giro della Valle d’Aosta and was a podium finisher in the British U23 championship road race.

“I’m really excited to be joining Team Sky, and to be taking this next step in my career. It’s an amazing set up and a huge project. Meeting the team you can see that it is one big unit and that the support you get – with the best coaches and nutritionists in the world — is second to none,” said Edmondson in a team statement. “I see myself as a climbing specialist, but my main aim with Team Sky is to develop my tour riding and get used to competing alongside the best riders in the world.

“I think the first year is a lot about settling in and learning to be part of the team. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and further appreciating how to race at this level.”

At Sky, Edmondson will join American neo-professionals Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell, who signed with the British team from Bontrager-Livestrong. The team is currently in Mallorca for its first training camp.

“This is an international team, but it’s one with a British heart and we are absolutely committed to nurturing the next generation of British talent,” said team principal Dave Brailsford. “We have been keeping an eye on Josh since his time on the Olympic Development Program and feel he is more than ready to take the next step in his career with a move up to the pro ranks.

“With the coaching and support staff on Team Sky, Josh is in the best possible place to continue his development and we look forward to watching him grow as a rider.”