Sebastian Henao hopes to continue his development at Team Sky after extending his contract.
The Colombian climber has enjoyed a consistent 2017 and expressed his delight at remaining with the team.
He said: “I’m very, very happy to continue in this great team – Team Sky is my second family. It’s the best team in the world.
“I’ve enjoyed a good year and continued to race at the highest level. Every season I hope to get better.”
My big goal for next year is the Giro d’Italia.
Since turning professional here at Team Sky in 2014 Henao has never missed the Giro d’Italia, finishing an impressive 17th in 2016 and fifth on stage 19 in 2017.
And the 24 year old has already set his sights on the Italian Grand Tour for 2018: “My big goal for next year is the Giro d’Italia. I would love to win the best young rider’s jersey.
“But in general, my goals remain the same – to support the team’s leaders in all competitions and keep growing as a cyclist.”
Team Sky Coach Xabier Artetxe was full of praise for Henao and explained the Colombian has plenty of room to progress. He said: “This season we really tried to work with Sebastian on his consistency and we tried this year to have a really solid season. I think since Tour Down Under, up until the final races he’s competed this year, they’ve almost exclusively been WorldTour races. He’s had a number of good performances with the pressure of trying to support the team, and I think he became a really good domestique rider.
“He’s still young but he’s at the age where he can now look to start getting some results, while continuing to develop. This year it was interesting to see how well he performed in some big WorldTour races like Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice or the Giro d’Italia. He did really solid work for the team but now is the time to start getting some results for himself too.”