It’s official: Brad Wiggins joins Team Sky

British rider signs four-year deal

Bradley Wiggins, Britain’s equal highest placed rider at the Tour de France has signed for Team Sky under a four-year deal.

After much speculation and hints from the man himself, Wiggins will leave Garmin-Slipstream ready to race for Sky in 2010.

Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team Sky, said; “Brad will be at home in Team Sky. It is the perfect fit and he will be a marquee rider for us. “

“He is an exceptional athlete - a great performer at a great age. And he will get better still. At Team Sky he can continue to develop, surrounded by some of the coaches and performance experts who have worked with him for years as part of the British Cycling set-up. With his experience he will help us to develop our great young talents too.”

Bradley Wiggins said; “It has been an amazing year for me and my ride at the Tour has given me the drive to aim even higher. I know I can continue to develop and Team Sky is the perfect place to make that happen.”

Team Garmin are disappointed with Wiggins' departure, they said: "Although we understand his strong desire to be a part of the UK’s first-ever Pro Tour team, we would have loved to continue with him through 2010. His departure is not the outcome we hoped for."

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