Sports Director

The 2014 season will be Servais Knaven’s fourth as a Sport Director and comes on the back of three successful campaigns calling the shots from the team car.

Knaven joined Team Sky in 2011 after 17 years as a rider which saw him win the 2001 Paris-Roubaix and claim a fine breakaway victory at the 2003 Tour de France.

He hit the ground running during his first season in charge by presiding over victories at Bayern-Rundfahrt, Vattenfall Cyclassics and Eneco Tour, and backed those up in 2012 by playing his part in 20 further successes.

2013 was another triumphant campaign which saw the Dutchman instigate victories at the Tours of Romandie, Norway and Britain, as well as helping Nicolas Portal preside over the team’s second successive Tour de France triumph.

Knaven will once again lead the hunt for Classics success in 2014, as well providing key guidance throughout the rest of the season.

He said: “The Classics are always a key part of the season for me because I specialised in those types of races as a rider and I can teach the guys a lot about the best way to approach them.

“Once they are over, the racing still comes thick and fast and it’s great to be working in such a well-run and successful team. Being part of the last two Tour de France wins is something I’m very proud of, and we have such a strong squad of riders at Team Sky now that we will look to make a mark in every race we enter this season.”