Team Sky sign five new riders

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Team Sky have announced that five new riders will be joining the squad for the 2015 season.

The five riders are Nicolas Roche, Leopold Konig, Wout Poels, Andy Fenn and Lars Petter Nordhaug.

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Mountain Support

Roche, Konig and Poels are all good climbers which will make Team Sky stronger because this is an area they struggled with this year.

Chris Froome is an excellent climber and so is Richie Porte but after Froome crashed out of the Tour de France, Porte struggled with some of the mountain stages because of the lack of depth in the squad.

Konig finished seventh overall in the Tour de France this year showing the quality of rider Sky are attracting. The Czech rider will certainly help the likes of Froome when climbing and has potential to win big races in the future.

Roche will now be riding with fellow Irishman Philip Deignan and after supporting Alberto Contador so well during the past couple of years a lot will be expected from him.

Petter Nordhaug will sign for Sky for the second time in his career after leaving the squad in 2012, with both Poels and Fenn joining from Mark Cavendish's team Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

Excellent Additions to Sky

According to Sky Sports, Team Sky Principal Sir Dave Brailsford believes the new riders will improve the squad and he hopes the team can achieve big things next season.

Brailsford said: "We have signed five quality riders for next season and each one of them will help strengthen and enhance the squad.

"We have always set our standards high and been very ambitious with our goals. We want to win the biggest races and constantly improve as a team and these new riders have the proven experience and developing talent to perform now and in the future.

"We have a strong nucleus of riders at Team Sky and these signings will be excellent additions to the squad. They all bring their own qualities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the team and seeing them in action next season."

With the success Team Sky has had recently, Roche thinks under the supervision of Brailsford he can improve as a rider.

The 30-year-old said: "It’s a great honour to sign for Team Sky and I have the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world.

"I feel that I’m still developing as a rider so now’s the perfect time to join Team Sky and to continue my upwards path. I’m confident that under the guidance of Sir Dave Brailsford and the team, I will continue to improve."

All the new signings are set to official become Sky riders on January 1st and Konig admits he can't wait to ride for his new team and is looking forward to helping them win races.

Konig said: "I have always had a huge amount of respect for Team Sky, so to be joining them is a real honour for me.

"It fills me with huge excitement to know that I will be working with some of the best support staff in the world and riding alongside such a talented group of riders.

"Next season I want to focus on improving my stage racing abilities and pay back their trust in me by helping win races."

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