French climber Kenny Elissonde set to sign for Team Sky?
Reports suggest Elissonde has signed a two year deal with the British team from FDJ
Kenny Elissonde at the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Yuzuru Sunada)
Elissonde, 25, won the Angliru summit finish stage3 in the 2013 Vuelta a Espa a4 and in this year s race, placed second in the Col d Aubisque stage5. He carried the mountains jersey through the final mountain stage, where he was edged to second in the classification by Spaniard Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). He closed the Vuelta, 20th overall at 42-26 behind Nairo Quintana6 (Movistar). Last year, he placed 16th. Since turning professional in 2012, the five-foot-six 52kg rider from Paris raced in FDJ s white colours.
Over the last five years, he raced five Grand Tours. He moved his base to the C te d Azur in Nice, where he trains with others including Sky s riders.
He has yet to race the Tour de France7, and Sky may not change that. Instead, he could support Sky in the steep and high-mountain stages in the 2017 Giro d Italia8 next year. In his first Grand Tour, he rode clear of a breakaway group on the 23.5% ramps of the Alto de L Angliru. Neither Sky nor Elissonde confirmed the deal.
If it goes through, he would be the first Frenchman on the team since the British team s debut in 2010. Then, it had Nicolas Portal and Sylvain Calzati. Portal is now one of Sky s sports directors.
Elissonde had been in contact with team principal David Brailsford in the last days of the Vuelta so it would not be a surprise if he made the switch to the WorldTour team.
- ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ >>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 2017 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Angliru summit finish stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ second in the Col d Aubisque stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)