Triple world time trial champion Tony Martin has confirmed that he will compete for the Katusha team from 2017 onwards, moving across after several years with the Etixx-QuickStep setup.
Martin’s time trial strengths are well known but so too his all round ability, with his past results including five stage wins in the Tour de France, as well as three overall wins in the Tour of Belgium, plus two apiece in the Volta ao Algarve and Tour of Beijing.
The 31 year old is also a past winner of Paris-Nice and the Eneco Tour.
“I am excited to come to this strong team,” he said on Monday, confirming a two-year deal. “Team Katusha showed last year that it was a winning team and, honestly, I really like the Katusha jersey. I will be proud to wear it in 2017 and 2018.” He added that he also has high regards for the Canyon bikes the team uses, and that he considers this important as a time trial rider.
Martin has been part of the Etixx-QuickStep setup since 2012 and while he has landed plenty of wins there, he has also had to ride for others. He anticipates having more opportunities with Katusha.
“What convinced me the most to make the move was the fact that the team directors and the team manager really believe in me,” he said. “I will be able to obtain more results than I have had so far. They have convinced me that I can still improve. On the other hand, and like in previous years, if I can help a teammate win, I will be just as happy.”
According to the team’s general manager Viacheslav Ekimov, Martin is the type of rider that the team was looking to sign.
“His palmares say it all. I am sure with his experience he can also make our team better. Last year we strengthened our team for the Classics. Now, we will do this for all kinds of races. Tony’s power and endurance, but most of all his character, match perfectly with our group.”