Former Aqua Blue Sport rider Eddie Dunbar has joined Team Sky until the end of the 2019 season.
The 22-year-old Corkman will make his debut at Coppa Agostoni in Italy this weekend. He'd been contracted to Aqua Blue, Ireland’s first professional cycling team, but they ceased operations after September's Tour of Britain.
It left Dunbar free to go elsewhere and he;s been snapped up by the British team, who announced his signing on Thursday morning.
"I’m really grateful for the opportunity I’m getting after the situation I’ve found myself in," Dunbar told TeamSky.com.
"Sometimes a team folding is the way the sport goes. I just had to be professional about it and understand the situation. Luckily Sky came along and they offered me a block of Italian races.
"It’s all fallen into place for me and I can’t wait to get started now.
"This is a great opportunity for me to spend the last few weeks of the season with a team I’ll be riding for next year. It will make the transition a lot easier."
Dunbar is one of Irish cycling’s rising stars, underlining his potential with victory in last year’s Under-23 Tour of Flanders.
In the summer of 2017, he suffered a serious concussion at the Under-23 Giro d’Italia that massively disrupted his season.
After fully recovering Dunbar he enjoyed a strong 2018, taking eighth at both the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de l’Avenir.