Hoste joins Veranda's for 2012

Exit from Katusha settled?

Former Belgian time trial champion Leif Hoste will step down from the WorldTour and join the Professional Continental squad - Willems Veranda's, which was known as Verandas Willems-Accent in 2011, reported today.

Hoste, 34, had a contract with the Katusha squad that ran through 2012, but was not welcomed back on the team by new manager Hans-Michael Holczer after having a devastating 2011 season.

Hoste suffered a head injury in the Driedaagse De Panne - Koksijde at the end of March and while he started the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, he struggled with the injury the rest of the year. He was finally diagnosed in August with a tear in the membrane surrounding his brain, but is expected to recovery fully.

He said in October that he expected Katusha to respect the existing contract.

The - Willems Veranda's team is expanding on its strong 2011 season, and maintained perennial podium finisher Stefan Van Dijk despite other competing offers.

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