Sky continues youth push; Prades, Theuns on the move

Team Sky continues to bolster roster with young talents, deepening its Italian ties with the signing of Filippo Ganna.

Team Sky keeps loading up on talented youth while more riders are on the move in the WorldTour.

Just days after announcing Jhonatan Narvaez, Sky confirmed the arrival of Filippo Ganna from UAE-Emirates. Edward Theuns heads back to Trek-Segafredo and Eduardo Prades punches his ticket to the WorldTour with Movistar.

The highly versatile Ganna, 22, is comfortable on the track, on the time trial bike, and in the classics.

“Filippo is a rider who has won under-23 Paris-Roubaix plus world and European titles on the track, so you can see he is a great all-round talent,” said Sky coach Dario Cioni. “He’s still developing on the road and this team is a great place for him to do that alongside the young talent we have at Team Sky.”

Ganna’s arrival punctuates Sky’s strong Italian links — with backers Sky Italia, Castelli, Pinarello, Kask, Elite, and Fizik — as well as several Italian riders and staffers.

With the arrival of Ganna, Sky also continues on its youth trend. Last year, it signed three promising riders with Egan Bernal, Tao Geoghegan Hart, and Pavel Sikilov. Narvaez, Ganna, Eddie Dunbar, and Ivan Sosa supplement Sky’s young talent that could emerge in the coming years.

Sky still has a few names unconfirmed for 2019, but it appears the team is largely holding steady going into next season. It’s made a strong push to sign a mix of youth and experience the past two seasons, with eight new signings coming into 2018. Departures for 2019 include Sergio Henao (UAE-Emirates), Beñat Intxausti (Euskadi-Murias), and Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC Team).

Caja Rural’s Prades’s big win at the recent Tour of Turkey helped him pen a deal with Movistar. Other new arrivals with Spain’s lone WorldTour team include Jurgen Roelandts, Carlos Verona, and Lluis Mas.

And just days after announcing his departure from Sunweb with a year remaining on his contract, Theuns returns to Trek-Segafredo.

“He will be one of the pillars of the classics group,” said general manager Luca Guercilena. “He’s given us wins in the past and we are certain he will do it again.”