Matteo Carrara will become Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini's team-mate next year at Quick.Step Innergetic, according to Sportswereld.be. Patrick Lefevere has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with the 28 year-old Italian, whose current team, Unibet.com, will be ending its sponsorship at the end of this season.
Carrara has shown this season that he can hold his own with some of the best climbers in the peloton. He was fourth in the Tour of Switzerland as well as third in both the Brixia Tour and the Euskal Bizikleta.
Lefevere also dismissed rumours that Christophe Moreau, who has not come to an agreement with his French AG2R ProTour squad, and Dutchman Laurens ten Dam would also sign for Quick.Step. "There is no truth in that," according to Lefevere. "I don't want to be involved in this game using the managers to drive up the price of a rider. Ten Dam is going to Rabobank."