Team Sky has signed British rider Jeremy Hunt along with his former Cervelo team-mate Davide Appollonio of Italy.



Hunt had been left without a team for next year after Cervelo pulled out of sponsorship. The Canadian bike manfacturer announced it would merge with the US-based Garmin team in late August and they took seven Cervelo riders, but not Hunt.



Fellow Brits Roger Hammond and Dan Lloyd moved over to Garmin, but after 15 years as a pro, and despite having one of his most consistent seasons, Hunt was left out.



The Devonian will now bolster Team Sky’s classics line-up and can do a good job looking after a sprinter. At this year’s Tour de France he shepherded Thor Hushovd, who spent nine days in the green jersey.



“Jeremy brings a wealth of experience with him which the younger riders will be able to benefit greatly from,” said Sky’s team principal Dave Brailsford. “His achievements speak for themselves and he is a well-respected rider within the peloton.”



Hunt started his career with Banesto in 1997. Since then he has ridden with a variety of French and Belgian teams, big and small. The 37-year-old’s biggest win came in 2002 at the GP Ouest France – Plouay. He has twice been British national road race champion.



By way of contrast, Appollonio has just completed his first year in the pro ranks. The 21-year-old Italian sprinter is Sky’s fifth signing this year after Alex Dowsett, Rigoberto Uran and Xabier Zandio.



A full interview with Jeremy Hunt appears in the December Cycle Sport magazine. Out now priced £4.25

jeremy hunt

Jeremy Hunt: Career wins

2009

Otley criterium

Tour of Denmark; stage four

2008

Tour de Langkawi; stage two

2007

GP d’Ouverture La Marseillaise

2005

Tour de la Region Wallonne; stage two

2003

Tour de Picardie; stage two

2002

GP Ouest France Plouay

2001

Circuit Franco Belge; stage

Tour de la Somme; stage

British national road race champion

2000

Tour of the Mediterranean; stage

Sea Otter Classic; stage

Herald Sun Tour

1998

Tour of Portugal; stage

Tour of Portugal; stage

Manacor-Manacor

1997

British national road race champion

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  • Mark Jones

    Very good signing for Sky and it pleasing to see they have not dismissed Jez because of his age.

    They should be a better alround team next next with the new signings they’ve made so far.

  • Ken Evans

    “Jeremy brings a wealth of experience with him
    which the younger riders will be able to benefit greatly from,”
    said Sky’s team principal Dave Brailsford.
    “His achievements speak for themselves
    and he is a well-respected rider within the peloton.”

    I agree, and he could probably also do a better job as DS than Sky had this year !