Vuelta stage winner Cataldo signs Team Sky contract
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vuelta stage winner Cataldo signs Team Sky contract

by VeloNation Press at 7:06 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
Italian TT champ will have chance to become a GC contender

Dario CataldoEarlier this month he showcased his talent with a determined win at the gruelling Cuitu Negru climb in the Vuelta a España, clawing his way to the summit ahead of breakaway companion Thomas de Gendt. Now Dario Cataldo has reaped the benefits, securing a two year contract with Team Sky.

The reigning Italian Time Trial Champion moves on after four seasons at the Omega Parma - QuickStep outfit and sees the move as a chance to try to develop further. He won the Baby Giro in the past plus two stages of the Tour de l’Avenir and at 27 years of age, knows he’s heading towards his peak years.

Describing Sky as ‘the best team in the world,’ he said he’s motivated after a very good 2012. “This last season has been my best and I’ve been able to achieve all my goals. I put in a good ride at the Giro, I was able to win the Italian time trial championship, a stage at the Vuelta, and then competed at the World Championships. I want to build on those performances now and set new goals with Team Sky

“I can time trial, climb well and also win out of small groups. I am committed to giving my all for this team and will do anything that is asked of me.”

His horsepower and solo ability means he could give invaluable team support. However his physical ability is such that he can also aim for his own successes. He finished twelfth in both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Giro d’Italia and potentially could be a contender if he can continue to improve.

“Dario has repeatedly proven that he can be there on the climbs during tough stage races,” said Team Sky directeur sportif Sean Yates. “He has an impressive amount of experience for his age, and moving to Team Sky with a heavy focus on stage racing means he will get a lot of support to develop further.

“A rider of his strength has the ability to work for the team leaders, but also has the potential to progress and become a GC contender in his own right.”


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