Knees pens two-year extension

11 Aug 2017

Knees pens two-year extension

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Christian Knees has declared his happiness at penning a two-year contract extension with Team Sky.

The experienced German has enjoyed an impressive 2017, riding his typically powerful team role throughout the Classics campaign and returning to the Tour de France lineup for the first time since 2012.
 
Knees said: “I’m really happy about staying with the team. I’ve been here for quite a while now and it’s become like a family to me, with the carers, the mechanics, and all the riders. I feel really good on the team and I’m so happy to stay for another two years.”
Christian Knees

Christian Knees

I love to ride my bike and I don’t feel tired of it.
Now 36, Knees, who has been with the team since 2011, revealed he has no intention of hanging his bike up anytime soon and outlined his ambitions for next year.
 
“I love what I’m doing. I love to ride my bike and I don’t feel tired of it. At the moment I would say even after these next two years I would like to continue - I will see then, but I feel good.
 
“First of all the Classics are my big goal for the 2018 season so I’m looking forward to that, then I’d love to make the Tour team again after proving myself this year.”
Xabier Artetxe

Xabier Artetxe

He will continue to play an important role in the team.
Team Sky race coach Xabier Artetxe praised Knees as a rider the team can 'always rely on' as well as an example to younger teammates. 

He said: "Christian is a rider who we can always rely on. 

"He's had a really good year and been consistently strong, first with the Classics and then with the Tour. It's excellent news that he's staying with Team Sky and he will continue to play an important role in the team. 

"We also have a lot of really exciting young riders at Team Sky, and to be able to learn from someone with Christian's experience will be so valuable for them."
 
Earning selection for the 2017 Tour de France was doubly special for the former German national champion, as the race started in Dusseldorf, just down the road from his hometown.
 
He added: “The Tour is the biggest bike race you can do so I was really happy to make the team and then deliver at the Tour. I’ve shown over the years that I’m always consistent, I do my job well, and I think I can do this for many more years.
 
“It was great to start the Tour in Germany, especially as we were close to my home. And now I’m back from the Tour I’ve seen just how many people followed it, and I’ve had a lot of press back home. It’s great for the sport.”
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