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Quick Step move closer to signing Martin

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Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)

Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Spektakel van Steenwijk champion Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)

Spektakel van Steenwijk champion Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)

Tony Martin’s transfer to Patrick Lefevere’s Quick Step team has moved a step closer after Garmin-Cervélo and Skil-Shimano both lost out on the German’s signature.

However, while Martin’s agent confirmed to Cyclingnews that Martin had made a decision, he refuted claims that his rider had signed a contract, adding that minor details still need to be finalised.

Patrick Lefevere also confirmed to Cyclingnews that no contract has been signed between the two parties.

Martin does still have a contract for 2012 with Highroad sports and the American team were using his points and position in the sport to leverage a new title sponsor, but after all negotiations broke down Martin was in a position to negotiate with new teams.

His haul of 227 UCI points, which puts him at number 11 in the world rankings, meant that a number of teams would not be deterred by a price tag in excess of €1 million. Quick Step, who are ranked 17th out of a possible 18 teams, are under pressure to sign riders in order to guarantee their WorldTour status.


 

Daniel Benson

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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