Ireland’s Dan Martin's new team Israel Cycling Academy is set to move up to the WorldTour level next season after announcing a merger with Katusha-Alpecin.
Martin agreed a two-year deal with what was then a pro-continental team in August after two seasons with UAE Team Emirates, putting at risk his place in the world's biggest races such as the Tour de France.
But the deal, announced on Thursday, will see Israel Cycling Academy and Katusha-Alpecin merge and race under Katusha's WorldTour licence, which is being renewed for three years subject to approval from the UCI.
The future of Katusha-Alpecin had been under threat since July when key sponsors Alpecin and Canyon said they would end their deals this winter.
The two squads will be merged and the majority of riders under contract are expected to be retained, though no final roster has been announced.