Knees joins Sky
German road race champion Christian Knees has signed to Team Sky for 2011.
The 29-year old joins from Pegasus Racing after the new Australian team was unable to secure a UCI Professional Continental licence.
Team principal Dave Brailsford said: "Christian is a super strong all-rounder who has had some terrific results, but I still don't think we have seen the best of him yet and hopefully we can help him fulfil his massive potential at Team Sky.
"His personality is one that will fit well into the team and we are delighted to have such an experienced rider on board. He has a lot of capabilities in a lot of areas and will increase the depth of ability we have here. It's exciting to have secured his services."
Knees began his pro career with Team Wiesenhof in 2004 before he earned a Pro Tour contract with Milram in 2006 and in his first season he took his first pro victory with a late solo attack at the Rund um Köln.
His first general classification win came in the 2008 Bayem Rundfahrt and in 2009 Knees recorded top-10 finishes at the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop, GP di Lugano, Brabantse Pijl, Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Amstel Gold Race to enhance his reputation.
In 2010 he took the German road title by a 50-second margin and marked his eighth Grand Tour appearance with two top 10 finishes in the opening week of the Tour de France.