Brammeier joins Quick Step
Irish champion Matt Brammeier will join Quick Step next season from HTC-Highroad.
The 26-year-old, who has previously rode for DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed, Profel Ziegler Continental Team and An Post-Sean Kelly, retained his national road title this year after beating breakaway partner and defending champion Nicolas Roche in 2010 just days after also taking the time trial crown.
“Brammeier is a rider the team wants to bet on for the near future," said Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere.
"We're sure he has everything it takes to cut out a role for himself, first within the team and then during the season in the races for which he'll line up.
"Matthew is entering an important phase in his career and we think he can even improve in our group."