Martínez back to Euskaltel

Discovery Channel's Egoi Martínez will join his former team Euskaltel-Euskadi in 2008, having signed a two year contract with the Spanish squad. The 29 year-old turned professional in 2002 with the Euskaltel team, spending three years with the Miguel Madariaga directed squad, before switching to American team Discovery Channel in 2006.

"[I'm] very glad about my return to Euskaltel Euskadi," announced Martínez. "I had a few offers, but the one of my home team was very important for me. Miguel Madariaga and Igor González de Galdeano explicated to me the actual philosophy of the team, the importance of the unit of the squad and the team work, and I am delighted to initiate a new route under their command."

Euskaltel-Euskadi approached the rider after Discovery Channel's management company, Tailwind Sports, announced it would close down the operation at year's end. The Spaniard's palmarès includes victory at the 2003 Tour de l'Avenir, in addition to victory on Stage 11 of last year's Vuelta a España and the overall mountains jersey at the same event. MP

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