Lead Doctor

Alan Farrell has settled in seamlessly since being hired as Team Sky's first full-time doctor midway through the 2012 campaign.

The Irishman graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and progressed into the field of anaesthetics before spending four years working in general practice. He then specialised in urgent care medicine before making the jump to Team Sky in April.

After making an immediate impression at the Tour de Romandie, Farrell was chosen to look after the team at the Giro d'Italia, and would complete a clean sweep of the Grand Tours before the season was out.

Reflecting back on a busy but memorable year, he said: "It has been a wonderful and unforgettable experience with so many highlights.

"All three Grand Tours were special for different reasons. The Giro was my first so it will always hold special memories, but it would be hard to top the Tour de France with six stage victories and a first and second on GC.

"This year has been a huge learning curve, not just in adjusting to working full time in cycling, but learning how to work and live on the road, adjusting to new countries, new cultures, and seeing first-hand how sporting success can be achieved."

Farrell is a lifelong cycling fan and is delighted to be working in a sport he loves.

He added: "I am passionate about my job and passionate about cycling, so working for Team Sky is the ideal situation as it allows me to mix two major interests in my life.

"I grew up watching Irish sporting heroes like Sean Kelly, and my earliest Tour de France memory is Stephen Roche winning in 1987. When I'm not working I love to get out on my bike and I've competed in many amateur races and sportifs.

"Being on a team with a clear ambition for success and a commitment to clean and fair sport is perfect. It's great to be working in such an ambitious and forward-thinking environment, and alongside staff and riders who I have watched and admired for many years."

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