Team Sky has announced the long-awaited signing of Jonathan Tiernan-Locke from Endura Racing. The 27-year-old climber put pen to paper on a two-year-deal.
Tiernan-Locke has enjoyed a remarkably successful season, winning a stage and the overall title at the Tour de Mediterranean. He followed that up with the overall win in the Tour du Haut Var. Another overall title, and two stages, at the Tour Alsace followed before a winning performance in the Tour of Britain last month. The early form led to Tiernan-Locke stating that he would "be doing weekly, or bi-weekly blood tests. Like I said, whatever it takes," after unfounded rumours sprung up in relation to his strong form.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for me to step up from the UCI Continental ranks, and although I’ve really enjoyed my time at Endura, I couldn’t pass up the chance to join the world’s best team,” Tiernan-Locke said in a press release.
“When you look at the season Team Sky have had, to even be considered by them was a massive honour for me, so I’m over the moon to be riding for them in 2013.”
Sky’s Dave Brailsford, who picked up interest in Tiernan-Locke during the Spring added: “At Team Sky we are determined that the best British talent have the opportunities to compete at the highest level of our sport. We have monitored Jonathan’s progress closely and are delighted to offer him this contract.
"He has worked hard to get himself to where he is today and deserves his chance to compete against the very best cyclists in the world.
“Next season will be a great opportunity for him. We believe he is in the best place to achieve his full potential and are looking forward to having him on the team."