Martinelli makes move to Astana – Transfer shorts

08 August 2019 03:41
Deceuninck-QuickStep's Davide Martinelli will join Astana in 2020, his new team has reported. The 26-year-old Italian has signed a one-year contract with the Kazakh WorldTour team after having spent the last four years at Patrick Lefevere's Belgian squad. A strong all-rounder, Martinelli has often been used by Deceuninck-QuickStep as a lead-out rider for the team's sprinters, as well as figuring frequently for the team at the Hammer Series events in the past couple of years. He is a two-time under-23 Italian time trial champion, and took both of his so-far two professional victories in 2016, on stages of the Tour de Pologne and the Tour de la Provence. "I had a great opportunity to get some good experience in another big team, and I'm sure that, in Astana, I'll find a great atmosphere where I will have a chance to show my best," Martinelli said on his new team's website. "I want to thank my present team,Deceuninck-QuickStep, for these past four years. Now I'm ready to make the next step in my career."ADVERTISEMENT Astana team manager Alexandr Vinokurov added that the team sees Martinelli performing well in the Classics and at one-day races. "He spent a few years in a team that heavily specialises in those kinds of races, so, despite still being young, he already has some important experience, which will him on the way to his goals," he said. "In our team, Davide will get an opportunity to show himself at the Classics, and I think he'll have some good chances to continue progressing as a professional rider. I'm happy to welcome Davide to Astana." Simon leaves Cofidis for pastures new at Total Direct Energie Elosegui steps up to WorldTour level with Movistar You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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