Tony Martin to LottoNL-Jumbo
A new team for the German
Martin is Leaving Katusha
Tony Martin will switch to Team LottoNL-Jumbo next season. The four-time time trial world champion is convinced he’s in the best environment to excel. Team LottoNL-Jumbo expect him to be a major part of team time trials. In addition, the 33-year-old German gets an important supporting role to mentor the young squad.
“Tony was the missing link. He brings in a boatload of experience and he’s a professional in every way. 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”, Plugge believes.
Martin has signed a two-year deal with the Dutch team. “I’m looking forward to join Team LottoNL-Jumbo. I share their philosophy”, Martin says. “The riders are unified and the staff work on every detail to support them, 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.”
It was previously announced that Mike Teunissen, Taco van der Hoorn, Lennard Hofstede, Laurens De Plus and Jonas Vingegaard will make the switch to Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
Gijs Van Hoecke, Robert Wagner, Enrico Battaglin, Lars Boom and Bram Tankink are leaving the team.
A Tough 2018
Martin’s 2018 season was disrupted after being involved in a massive crash during stage eight of the Tour de France. The German suffered a spinal fracture and was forced to abandon. Martin recovered in time to make an attempt at the time trial world championships but finished in seventh place, 2:25 behind the winner Rohan Dennis.