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Lotto-Belisol rules out Horner return

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
December 13, 2013, 16:25 GMT,
Updated:
December 13, 2013, 16:27 GMT
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, December 13, 2013
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Sergeant says American not in budget, strategy

Marc Sergeant has ruled out re-signing American rider Chris Horner: the 2013 Vuelta a España winner is still looking for contract for next season.

Sergeant, who runs the Lotto-Belisol team, signed Horner on a two-year deal in 2006 when the squad raced under the Davitamon banner. Horner moved to Astana in 2008 and later RadioShack before wining the Vuelta in September at the grand age of 42.

"We worked together for two years but now on that money, at his age, he can't fit in our team," Sergeant told Cyclingnews.

Sergeant has already bolstered his team with a number of signings for 2014 including Maxime Monfort and Tony Gallopin.

"We're looking at giving chances to young guys with potential and we live up to the goals of André Greipel, Gallopin, and Jurgen Van den Broek, so Horner wasn't suited to that."

Horner failed to land a deal with RadioShack's new title sponsor Trek and saw another option disappear when it was confirmed that Fernando Alonso's project would be shelved for at least another 12 months.

"I saw his agent Michael Rutherford several times at the Vuelta and he knew it was not easy. I said to him whatever offer you give me I'll say no because it's not in our strategy and we don't have too much money to pay him."

"Another part of the issue is that no teams need the points. Before it was a problem to be in top 15 teams but now that problem has gone. It's not like it was two or three years ago."

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