Eisel follows Cavendish to Team Sky
Tue, 11 Oct 17:05:00 2011
Team Sky have announced that Bernhard Eisel will join the team from HTC-Highroad next season along with Mark Cavendish.
Eisel has been team-mates with Cavendish for the past five years, riding in support of the Manxman in each of his Tour de France appearances.
The 30-year-old Austrian said the chance to continue working with Cavendish influenced his decision.
"I’m really happy," Eisel said. "I’ve had a great time with HTC-Highroad but at soon as I heard the team was folding I knew I would have to explore other possibilities and Team Sky were right at the top of my list.
"The biggest thing that attracted me to them was the structure they have in place and everything that happens behind the scenes. Everything is catered for the riders and I think that’s the perfect way to run a professional cycling team. The fact that I wanted to stay with Cav was also a major factor and we’re both happy that we will now have more years ahead of us."
Cavendish joins Team Sky
“My main job will be keeping him protected leading into the sprints, but the spring Classics are also very important to me and I’ll be looking to ride well in them.
"If I can secure a ride in the Tour de France that will be great as well. I have ridden the last eight Tours and finished them all, and next year is my 12th season as a professional so I’d like to think I have the experience to be able to contribute to the team.”
Team Sky Principal welcomed Eisel to the team, saying, "Bernhard is one of the most hard-working and respected riders in the peloton and is exactly the type of guy we have been looking to bring to the team.
"He’s a natural leader with a cool, calm head - in the same mould of Juan Antonio Flecha and Mathew Hayman - and will also be able to take charge of things on the road."Eurosport