Australian duo Chris Sutton and Mathew Hayman’s late-season form has been rewarded with new contracts at Team Sky.
Hayman won Paris-Bourges on Thursday, while Sutton won a stage on the way to third overall Circuit Franco-Belge. The 27-year-old Sutton also won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in February and stage two of the Vuelta a Espana in August.
Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said: “Mathew’s win this week at Paris-Bourges underlined his huge talent as a rider and he has continued to show all season why he is one of the most respected riders in the peloton.
“His strength, stamina and leadership are second to none and we are delighted that he has seen Team Sky as the best environment to continue his career.
“CJ is one of the most exciting sprint prospects in professional cycling. His stage win during this summer’s Vuelta was typical of his talent.
“He is a rider that is reaching the pinnacle of his career and we expect him to go from strength-to-strength over the next two seasons at Team Sky.”
Hayman’s Paris-Bourges victory was his first win since the 2006 Commonwealth Games road race and the 33-year-old is now targetting next season’s Classics.
“The cobbled Classics are close to my heart, I feel like I am close to making a breakthrough in one of these races,” said Hayman, who finished tenth in Paris-Roubaix in April.
“The team has been supportive of my ambitions in this area and I would love to repay that support with a win. I will also endeavour to make the Tour de France team because it is every rider’s ambition to be part of the biggest race in the world.”