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Lotto-Belisol rules out Horner return

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Thumbs up: Chris Horner in red on the final day

Thumbs up: Chris Horner in red on the final day (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chris Horner (RadioShack)

Chris Horner (RadioShack) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luca Guercilena and Christopher Horner (RadioShack - Leopard)

Luca Guercilena and Christopher Horner (RadioShack - Leopard) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marc Sergeant calls the shots on the Lotto team

Marc Sergeant calls the shots on the Lotto team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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."

Daniel Benson is the Managing Editor at Cyclingnews. Based in the UK, he coordinates the global coverage for the website. Having joined Cyclingnews in April 2008, he has covered several Tour de France, the Spring Classics, and the London Olympic Games in 2012.

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