Ineos Grenadiers negotiations with Daniel Martínez break down as pilot considers options

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Adam Yates left for UAE Team Emirates for a major contract, and Richard Carapaz jumped ship for EF Education-EasyPost.

And now there is speculation that Daniel Martínez could leave the team at the end of 2024.

BikeNews heard throughout the summer that, despite having a contract for the next year, Martínez was bought by several teams, including EF and Bora-Hansgrohe.

The Colombian rising star was in line for a contract extension at Ineos Grenadiers during the Tour de France era, but those negotiations appear to have died down, with the Colombian himself admitting his future in the British squad is uncertain. is not clear.

“We are looking at the options,” the pilot told the Colombian channel Week. “We are still working on my future. I am in talks with my current team, but there are also other offers. But for now I want to focus on the current and upcoming season at Ineos.

Martínez only joined Ineos at the start of 2021 after a breakout period in Jonathan Vaughters’ EF team. The American team could not match the financial power of Ineos and the Colombian rider signed a lucrative three-year contract.

He was instrumental in supporting Egan Bernal to his Giro d’Italia title in 2021 and was co-rider alongside Adam Yates in the Tour de France in July.

Illness struck and Martinez found himself with a reduced role as Geraint Thomas cruised to third place overall.

It is understood that there is no problem between Martínez and Ineos but that he wants to wait until next spring before focusing on his options. BikeNews understands that Martínez hopes a strong start to the season will strengthen his hand when it comes to potential negotiations.

Earnest L. Veasey