Jonathan Castroviejo is motivated for new challenges as he kicks off his Team Sky career on Colombian soil.
The 30 year old will tackle the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz stage race (commencing February 6) and is hoping to begin the next chapter of his career on the front foot.
After six successful years with the Movistar team, Castroviejo is relishing a new environment and has quickly settled into Team Sky life off the back of two training camps in Mallorca.
He explained: “I have watched Team Sky for a lot of years. They are an ambitious team and I also have these ambitions. After many years in one team you can become comfortable and for me, in a sport that carries a lot of sacrifice and training, I wanted something different and a new incentive. In the small time I have been with the team it is clear to see the quality of the team and I can see that I made the right decision.”
My goal for 2018 is to put in strong performances in the time trials and in my climbing. I would love to race another Tour de France, and to be part of the team there.
With seven Grand Tour appearances in his career to date, Castroviejo is hoping to put his experience to good use as Team Sky chase more success across the three-week stage races.
“My goal for 2018 is to put in strong performances in the time trials and in my climbing. I would love to race another Tour de France, and to be part of the team there, especially a winning team, would be incredible. Whenever I ride with the big team leaders I am always aiming to do my best.”
A renowned time trialist, the 2016 European and reigning Spanish national champion is hoping for more success against the clock too, which could propel him to some strong results in one-week stage races.
He added: “Maybe in the one-week stage races I have a chance to do something. The World Time Trial Championships is also a big aim. To win is obviously very difficult, but I would love to put in a great performance there.”