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Four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin signed a two-year deal with Dutch WorldTour squad LottoNL-Jumbo beginning in 2019, the team confirmed Sunday.
Martin turned pro in 2008 and rode for the Highroad (2008-2011) and Quick-Step Floors (2012-2016) franchises before joining Katusha-Alpecin in 2017. The 33-year-old opted to switch over to LottoNL as he continues to chase time trial victories.
“I’m looking forward to joining Team LottoNL-Jumbo. I share their philosophy,” Martin said. “The riders are united and the staff works on every detail to support them. Especially their approach of time trials is appealing to me. It’s known that the team put a lot of efforts in that direction. My ambition is to become a prominent team player by supporting the leaders and being successful in the time trials.”
Martin’s career is full of high-profile wins against the clock, including the UCI road worlds in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016, along with four Tour de France TT wins. He also owns two Vuelta a Espana time trial victories.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Martin earned the silver medal in the time trial.
LottoNL is looking forward to bringing Martin’s decade of WorldTour racing experience over to its lineup.
“Tony was the missing link. He brings in a boatload of experience and he’s a professional in every way,” team manager Richard Plugge said.
“He can be of great value in the support of our leaders. His signing is a confirmation of the development we’ve been through in recent years.”