Team Sky Coach Xabier Artetxe believes Lopez still has a key role to play, and pointed to his rides in a string of WorldTour races this year.
He explained: “David is still capable of delivering really good performances. He’s a solid rider and you can see that he performs better in hard, high level races like the Vuelta this year, Romandie, Dauphine etc. He really wanted to go the best races and play a key role and he can continue to do that next year.
“He has a lot of experience and he’s in the final years of his career. But some riders ride the final years of their career on WorldTour teams because they can share this experience with young riders and they almost become like a teacher.”
Another near neighbour of Lopez’s is new Team Sky signing Jonathan Castroviejo, and he’s excited about what the time trial specialist can add to the team.
Lopez said: “He lives really close to me and we train together a lot. Before he turned pro I knew him but, although we’ve ridden for similar teams, we only spent one year together at Movistar, so I’m happy that he’s come to the team.
“He will be very good in the time trial - I’m sure he will pick up some wins. He will be a really good helper for the team.”