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Team Sky confirm seven big signings for next season

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Team Sky have announced seven new signings ahead of next season including the 2014 World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski.

Despite having a largely disappointing season, the Pole attracted the attentions of Sir Dave Brailsford with a win at the Amstel Gold classic and strong performance in Paris-Nice.

"We have been following his career for a long time. We have attempted to sign him on two occasions previously and weren't going to miss out this time around," said Brailsford.

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Meanwhile, Mikel Landa (who won stages in two grand tours and finished 3rd overall at the Giro d'Italia this year) was also confirmed. He will likely lead the British team in the Giro d'Italia in May 2016.

He will likely be supported by the Spanish rider Benat Intxausti who joins from Movistar. Intxausti has previously secured a top ten finish in the Giro.

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Kwiatkowski's Etixx-Quickstep teammate and compatriot Michal Golas will also join Sky has a strong teammate to assist the likes of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Landa.

Looking to the future

Whilst Landa and Kwiatkowski are by no means old riders, Team Sky have also confirmed the signings of several impressive talents for the future.

Dutch sprinter Danny van Poppel will provide the team with an option for stage wins at grand tours next year, having taking a stage of the Vuelta a Espana in 2015.

Gianni Moscon will add to Sky's already strong classics squad, having taken second place in this year's U23 Tour of Flanders race, whilst young British talent Alex Peters will ride as a neo-pro next season after riding with the squad since August as a trainee.

Meanwhile, Bernie Eisel has left Team Sky to join up with former teammate Mark Cavendish at Team Dimension Data (formerly known as MTN-Qhubeka).

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