Jhonatan Narvaez is the latest young talent to join Team Sky ahead of the 2019 season.
The 21-year-old Ecuadorian is an exciting all-round prospect, having comfortably settled into the WorldTour ranks during 2018.
National road race champion in 2017, in addition to overall victor at Circuit des Ardennes, this season has seen Narvaez finish second at the Drome Classic and fifth overall at the Tour de Wallonie.
An impressive climber and stage racer, Narvaez becomes Team Sky’s first Ecuadorian signing and forms part of the next generation of a blossoming young group of South American riders on the team.
Narvaez said: “I’m very excited about this opportunity to join Team Sky and I look forward to working with the team and giving 100 percent so I can continue to develop as a rider.
“I’ve been racing against the team this season and now I can’t wait to meet up with my new teammates. I know I am going to enjoy being a part of this team. It is full of big name riders who have achieved a lot and it also has a strong group of Latin American riders.
"I characterise myself as a bit of an all-rounder and next season one of my goals is to try and develop further so I can be in a position to help the team and also win races. I am 21 years old and I know on this team I will have great support to improve myself and grow as a rider.”
I know I am going to enjoy being a part of this team. It is full of big name riders who have achieved a lot and it also has a strong group of Latin American riders.
Team Sky coach Xabier Artetxe said: “Jhonatan is a really versatile rider. You could compare him to Jonathan Castroviejo in that they are similar riders that can perform strongly on the flat, time trial really well and, while they are not pure climbers, they can climb very well too.
“This year he put in some really good performances in different scenarios, working on the front for his teammates and being really competitive on summit finishes. We also saw him riding well in some one-day races and the Classics in Belgium. He is still really young so as a rider and as a team we need to define in the future where the best place is to go with an exciting rider like Jhonatan.
“Next year will be all about learning how we race as a team and how we work in terms of training and recovery. I think he is the type of rider that suits stage races more and in the future he can do really well when targeting the GC. But for next year there’s no pressure for results – for him it’s about being in a good condition to race in these events to continue to learn and develop.”