Deignan looking forward to 2018 after strong year

18 Oct 2017

Deignan looking forward to 2018 after strong year

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Fresh from signing a new contract with Team Sky we caught up with Philip Deignan to talk about a strong 2017 campaign.

The Irishman was a consistent presence and his domestique work was instrumental to a number of big victories, including Paris-Nice, the Tour of the Alps, Clasica San Sebastian and the Vuelta a Burgos. 
 
Set to enter his fifth year with the team in 2018, Deignan is happy to remain a Team Sky rider in surroundings that have seen him thrive. 
 
On signing a new deal he told TeamSky.com: “It was a very easy decision. I’ve been part of the team now for four years, I’ve settled in nicely and I’ve made so many good friends on the team. I feel almost part of the family now, so it was an easy decision to stay.
 
“I like the way the team works with everything being quite scheduled out and planned. I find I work better in that environment and the team provides all of that for me with such a professional set up and coaching. We’re so well looked after on this team and I can’t take it for granted just how well we’re all looked after. It’s been a great experience for me so I’m looking forward to it continuing.”
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Consistency has been key for Deignan this year, with the 34 year old admitting it's great to be racing alongside some of the best in the peloton.
 
“I set out at the start of the year to try to have a good, strong season – to be there consistently and able to do my job at every race. I was able to do that for the majority of the year I feel, especially at the times I was called up quite last minute for a few races like Paris-Nice and Catalunya. I was able to step up and do my job at those races. 
 
“The season in general I was really happy with. But it’s so easy on this team when you enter a squad with a big leader like a Froomey, Sergio Henao or G and any of these guys. It makes the job so much easier when you’ve got a guy who you know can win. Then you’re able to give 100 percent and you’ve got full confidence. We’re a bit spoiled on Team Sky that we’ve got so many great leaders, but for me as one of the domestiques it makes my job a little bit easier.”
Philip Deignan

Philip Deignan

We’re a bit spoiled on Team Sky that we’ve got so many great leaders, but for me as one of the domestiques it makes my job a little bit easier.
Deignan’s job was far from easy at the Giro d’Italia, which saw his role quickly change following the crashes of team leaders Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa. Despite that Deignan carried great form through the race, with some battling performances in breakaways adding up to one of the highlights of his campaign. 
 
He explained: “The Giro was a highlight this year. Obviously we had a few setbacks at the race as well. It wasn’t how we wanted or planned it to be but we had to sort of move on after G and Mikel’s crash. It gave me a bit of freedom to be more aggressive in the mountain stages and go up the road. I hadn’t had the opportunity to do that earlier in the year and it changed the style of racing a lot and we were able to be more aggressive and go for stage wins and breaks. I really enjoyed that second half of the Giro so that was definitely a highlight.”
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When it comes to setting goals against 2018, Deignan is keep to replicate the form he showed this year, especially on the big stage of the Giro d’Italia.
 
“I think my aims will be similar to this year, and just trying to be consistently good from February onwards. Being able to do the job I’m asked to do, and hopefully have a solid Giro and work towards that race again as a big objective. But mainly consistency and being able to do my job.”

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