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by Shane Stokes
August 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mezgec takes Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic; Guillaume Martin wins final stage of Tour du Limousin, Vuillermoz swoops for overall; Asgreen takes stage 1 of Tour de l’Avenir; Dan Martin signs for UAE Team Emirates, Sutherland also comes on board; Contador on Vuelta finale to his career: “As always, I want to win”; Vermote moves to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka chasing new Classics targets; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Crescent Vargarda; Video: What it means to ride La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: Chris Froome pre-race interview Vuelta a España 2017
Weeks after finished sixth overall in the Tour de France, Dan Martin has confirmed that he will join the UAE Team Emirates squad, starting 2018. The move will see him leave the QuickStep Floors team he has competed with in the past two seasons.
“The opportunity to join an ambitious group backed by globally recognised brands and to use my experience to create a team capable of challenging the best in the world was one that I couldn’t refuse,” he said in a team statement.
“UAE Team Emirates share my vision, my attention to detail and my passion for the sport. As I enter into the most important years of my career, they offer me the best platform possible to reach my potential and fulfil my sporting goals. To race with such a talented roster under the guidance of a highly motivated and experienced staff is incredibly exciting.”
Martin is a past winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia, and is expected to target those races plus stage races and Grand Tours with the squad. Indeed team manager Carlo Saronni said he believes he can excel in both, and that the team is the right place for him to do so. “We will be able to create the conditions that will allow him to express himself at his best. With this in mind, we have also secured ourselves the performance of an experienced pacer like Sutherland.”
Australian Rory Sutherland has been part of the Tinkoff-Saxo and Movistar squads in recent seasons and has consequently helped Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana. “This new challenge offers me the opportunity to work with my good friend Dan Martin while also helping the development of the younger generation of professional cyclists within the team,” he said. “I feel an immense sense of pride that the team management has the trust and belief that I can be an asset to the leaders of this team.”