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After his sixth place Tour de France finish, Dan Martin will be racing for a new team next year

The Irish rider is joining the set-up at UAE Team Emirates.

IRELAND’S DAN MARTIN will race for UAE Team Emirates next year after signing a two-year contract with the ProTour outfit for 2018 and 2019.

Saronni-Martin-Gianetti-Saronni-C. (1) Source: UAE Team Emirates

The 30-year-old, who finished sixth in this year’s Tour de France, will leave Quick-Step Floors squad after two years to link up with the Emirati team.

The opportunity to join an ambitious group backed by globally recognised brands and use my experience to create a team capable of challenging the best in the world was one that I couldn’t refuse,” Martin said.

“UAE Team Emirates share my vision, my attention to detail and my passion for the sport, and as I enter into the most important years of my career, they offer me the best platform possible to reach my potential and fulfil my sporting goals.

“To race with such a talented roster under the guidance of a highly motivated and experienced staff is incredibly exciting but I also realise this is more than a team as we work with our partners to not only promote the sport I love but a healthy lifestyle and two wheels on a global scale.”

Martin, who represented Ireland at the Rio Olympics, wasn’t include in Quickstep’s roster for the Vuelta a Espana, which starts tomorrow, after suffering two fractured vertebrae during the Tour.

UAE Team Emirates manager Carlo Saronni added: “Daniel Martin is capable of excelling both in the in-line races as well as the major tours; we will be able to create the conditions that will allow him to express himself at his best and, with this in mind, we have also secured ourselves the performance of an experienced pacer like Rory Sutherland”.

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