Russian rider Alexei Markov (Milaneza-Maia) is joining the Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne team for next season. The 26 year-old, measuring 1.81 m and weighing 70 kg, has developed during the first part of his career in Portugal. In 2005, Markov won the CCT Correos overall plus two stages. He also achieved stage victories in the Vuelta al Algarve, Gran Prix Oeste, Gran Prix Centro, and GP Agostinho. Markov was a gold medallist on the track in Atlanta 1996 and a bronze medallist in Sydney 2000.