Team Sky has announced that Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh have all re-signed for 2012. The former Olympic Academy trio formed part of Sky’s backbone in the team’s debut season in 2010.
Swift has been the most successful in terms of wins, picking up five this season including two wins in the Tour Down Under, and a stage each in the Tour of California and Tour de Romandie. Stannard, on the other hand, took his first professional win this season at the Tour of Austria, but has become one of the team’s strongest Classics riders.
““I’ve learned so much from my first two seasons with Team Sky and am excited about what the future holds now I have signed this new deal,” Stannard said.
“The Classics are where I want to specialise so I will be working hard to try and hit the ground running next spring. For the rest of next season I’m happy riding on the front and getting involved in the lead-outs, and if I can get in a few breakaways along the way then hopefully there could be some more victories to come.”
Next year Swift will form part of Mark Cavendish’s leadout train, but will be hoping to have the continued support of the team in order to take his own opportunities in races.
“I’m delighted with the way things have gone over the last two years and am over the moon to have signed this new contract,” he said.
“The support the team have given me both on and off the bike has been absolutely fantastic and I just hope I can keep progressing now and win more bike races.”