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"The Velofutur agency is in contact with a few teams but at the moment, I have not signed anything," Marczynski tells Spaziociclismo

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TOMASZ MARCZYNSKI

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12.11.2013 @ 17:14 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

A few days ago it was reported that Tomasz Marczynski had signed a contract with the Active Jet team that would see him step down to the continental level after two years riding for Vacansoleil.  In an interview with Spaziociclismo, the Pole denies the report, claiming that his agents are in contact with a few teams.

 

Following the demise of the Vacansoleil team and an injury-plagued season that has allowed him few opportunities to shine, Tomasz Marczynski is one of several riders whose future career has been in doubt. In a market that is loaded with talented riders, the Pole has had difficulties finding a new team.

 

A few days ago, it was reported that Marczynski had accepted to step down to continental level after two years at his Dutch team, with rumours linking him to a move to the new Active Jet team in his native Poland. Contacted by Spaziociclismo, the Pole admits that the team has shown some "interest" but that he hasn't spoken with the team management yet.

 

"The Velofutur agency is in contact with a few teams but at the moment, I have not signed anything," he said.

 

One of those teams is the new pro continental Wanty team which has been set up by current Vacansoleil sports director Hilaire van der Schueren and which has already signed several of Marczynski's teammates. However, Marczynski states that "there is nothing concrete" at the moment.

 

For several year, Marczynski rode for smaller Italian teams but repeatedly showed great promise as a climber. In 2008, he even won the queen stage of the Vuelta Asturias and in 2009, he was only beaten by Christophe Riblon on a big mountain stage in the Route du Sud.

 

Those results earned him a contract with the big Polish team CCC - Polsat. In 2010, he won the Tour de Seoul and finished 5th in the Tour of Hainan but it was the 2011 season, that showed his potential to the biggest teams in the world. An overall win in the Tour of Malopolska was followed by wins in both his national road race and time trial championships, and this caught the attention of Vacansoleil.

 

Having joined the Dutch team, he got his 2012 season off to a difficult start but he found his legs in time for the end of the season. In his second grand tour, he finished 13th in the Vuelta a Espana and kept going all the way to the end, finishing 8th in the Tour of Beijing.

 

Those results made great expectations for the 2013 season where he was set to ride his first Tour de France, even with a focus on the GC. However, an injury plagued throughout the entire season and he raced very little in a year whose highlight was a win in the mountains classification in the Tour de Pologne.

 

The 29-year-old is still not ready to throw in the towel and hopes to find a solution for 2014 that would see him return to the highest level in 2015 when Fernando Alonso and Oleg Tinkov are likely to create new major professional teams.

 

"I want to ride again," Marczynski said. "I still have things to do in the cycling world and will fight for it. You cannot just throw away a life of sacrifice."

 

In addition to Marczynski, Kenny Van Hummel, Wouter Mol, Bert-Jan Lindeman and Grega Bole still haven't found new teams following the demise of Vacansoleil.

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