• Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) during Stage 3 at Vola ao Algarve an 18km ITT in Sagres, Portugal (AAP Image/EPA/LUIS FORRA) (AAP)Source: AAP
Tony Martin has ended his 5-year association with the Etixx-QuickStep squad with the German signing with Russian outfit Team Katusha until the end of 2018.
Cycling Central

16 Aug 2016 - 10:52 AM 

Martin has an impressive palmares including five stage wins at the Tour de France and overall wins in Paris-Nice, the Eneco Tour, the Tour of Belgium on three occasions, Tour of Algarve (twice) and the Tour of Beijing (twice).

He is best known for his time trial prowess as a three-time world champion against the clock and can normally be relied upon to consistently challenge for the win. 

That has been less the case this season as Martin only has one win to his name, the German Nationals time trial. His 12th in the Olympics was well below what was expected of him, even with the course not perfectly suited to his characteristics.

He has managed four second-place finishes though, so he's not far off and a move to new surroundings may suit the German.

"I am excited to come to this strong team," said Martin in the team's press release announcing the move. "Team Katusha showed last year that it was a winning team and, honestly, I really like the Katusha jersey. I will be proud to wear it in 2017 and 2018."

"Moreover, I also really like their Canyon bikes, and this is important for me as a TT rider. What convinced me the most to make the move was the fact that the team directors and the team manager really believe in me."

"I will be able to obtain more results than I have had so far. They have convinced me that I can still improve. On the other hand, and like in previous years, if I can help a teammate win, I will be just as happy."

Team Katusha General Manager, Viacheslav Ekimov, was understandably very happy with the acquisition of the German powerhouse. 

"Tony Martin is the type of rider we were looking for," said Ekimov. "His palmares say it all."

"I am sure with his experience he can also make our team better. Last year we strengthened our team for the classics. Now, we will do this for all kinds of races."

"Tony’s power and endurance, but most of all his character, match perfectly with our group. I look forward to working with him in the near future."