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Tony Martin trades to Katusha for 2017

German time trial ace Tony Martin will join the Russian Katusha team for 2017. The 31-year-old is a three-time world TT champion.

After five years with Patrick Lefevere’s Etixx – Quick-Step outfit, three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin will be riding for the Russian Katusha team in 2017.

“I am excited to come to this strong team. Team Katusha showed last year that it was a winning team and, honestly, I really like the Katusha jersey,” the German said in a press statement. “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.”

Martin, nicknamed “the Panzerwagen,” has already collected a healthy pile of results in his nine-year career. In addition to his world titles, the 31-year-old has five stage wins in the Tour de France and overall wins in Paris-Nice, Eneco Tour, Tour of Belgium (three times), Tour of Algarve (twice), and the Tour of Beijing (twice).