Dan Martin is relishing the prospect of teaming up with four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome in the ambitious Israel Start-Up Nation team next year.
Martin is poised in third place heading into the second week of the Vuelta a Espana, 20 seconds behind new leader Richard Carapaz.
Froome is working for Carapaz as part of the Ineos Grenadiers in one of his final outings for the British team, who have decided not to renew his contract.
Martin is full of admiration for Froome's winning mentality in light of his recent setbacks, including his career-threatening crash at last year's Criterium du Dauphine.
Martin said: "The fact that he is even on a bike this year after his crash is amazing, and I think this Vuelta will do him the world of good.
"I'm sure that the determination and passion that he has - after all that he's won he is still hungry for success - is going to drive him forward to being successful.
"I can't wait to race on the same team as him. His whole presence is just going to inspire everybody and lift everybody up again next year."
Martin, who will step up his chase for a maiden grand tour title when the race resumes on Tuesday after a rest day, revealed he was a driving force in convincing Froome to give the ambitious new team a chance.
"I talked to Chris about this team before he even signed," added Martin. "He was asking questions about how good the team is, and obviously I encouraged him to come.
"Even this week we've talked every day in the peloton, obviously because of him coming into the team.
"When I signed for this team last year a lot of people questioned my decision, but I saw the ambition and believed in this project, and I think Chris has seen the same ambition that I have seen."