Matteo Tosatto will join the Team Sky as a Sport Director from the Tour of Poland.
The Italian spent 20 years in the pro peloton before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. He now takes up a new challenge in the Team Sky car, starting with this weekend’s WorldTour stage race.
“My first impressions of the team are that it’s a really incredible group and the detail and organisation is very impressive”, said Tosatto.
“To be able to work for the best team in the world is a great feeling. Naturally I’m very excited to go to my first race as a Sport Director and this is the best opportunity for me after my career as a pro cyclist.
“My first race is this weekend at the Tour of Poland where I will work closely with Gabba (Gabriel Rasch). I will start in the role of 2nd Sport Director which I think is the perfect way to gain experience in the team car. I spent a lot of years as a cyclist but this is a very different role.
“Originally I had hoped to continue riding for one more year, but in the end it became clear that this was the time to stop and try something new. I was working at the Giro d’Italia for Pinarello and it was there that I was able to speak to Dave Brailsford a few times, and we had some conversations about working together.
“My first experience with the team was at the Route du Sud in June where I was able to spend some time in the car to see how the team operates. Then after that I’ve spent two weeks at the team’s training camp in Livigno with 14 riders. That was fantastic and I really look forward to working with young riders and helping them to develop. I hope with my experience I can help them to reach their objectives”.