The latest in a production line of Colombian climbing talent, Bernal took overall victory at this year’s Tour de l’Avenir, along with two stage wins.
His victory at under 23 cycling’s most prestigious race has cemented his reputation as one of the brightest prospects in cycling, having quickly amassed an impressive palmares in just two years as a pro.
Set to make the step up to the WorldTour in 2018 with Team Sky, Bernal has already begun to crack the top 10 of pro stage races at just 20 years of age. After fourth place at Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Team Sky were able to witness the talent of Bernal first hand at this season’s Tour of the Alps, which saw him pick up ninth place overall in a star-studded field, securing the young rider’s jersey in the process.
With Team Sky providing a successful home for Colombian riders over the years, Bernal will be hoping to continue his rapid development as a next generation GC threat.
Egan Bernal said: “I always dreamed of being with this team. I never thought the opportunity to join would come this fast, so to sign for Team Sky is a dream come true.
“My first goal with Team Sky is to learn. I want to learn from my teammates and take advantage of the experience that there is in the team.
“I’m excited to be joining Team Sky and I want to contribute as much as I can.”