Trek Segafredo are preparing for existence immediately after Vincenzo Nibali, with the group completely expecting the Italian to leave for Astana-Leading Tech at the finish of the 12 months.
Nibali is out of deal this calendar year and, in spite of keeping original talks with the Trek-Segafredo management in the spring, no deal was forthcoming, with the rider keen on a one-yr deal at the time.
“It is a great dilemma,” typical manager Luca Guercilena explained to Cyclingnews when asked about Nibali’s potential outside of 2021.
“From what I know, he is not resolved on what he needs to do upcoming. He has not communicated what he wants other than he would like to experience the Olympics first. He has been connected to Astana quite usually, so I imagine that his move will be to there. At this level we’ve not made available him a contract.”
Nibali, 36, joined Trek-Segafredo final 12 months on a two-time deal. He was seventh in very last year’s Giro d’Italia and 18th this 12 months after injuries disrupted his spring.
Inspite of having a single of the most entire palmarès in contemporary biking, with wins in all three Grand Tours, he has not won a race considering the fact that getting a Tour de France stage in 2019.
“We talked over with his agent some possibilities in the spring, but we under no circumstances reached out with a actual deal,” Guercilena explained. “He was searching for a one particular-yr offer.”
In spite of the imminent departure of Nibali, the workforce are not established on replacing him with a like-for-like GC rider. As a substitute, the group will re-indication the core of their squad and create with quantity of talented youngsters. Two pure climbers are anticipated to be part of, even though another two young Classics riders are also set to be introduced in August.
“We’re not preparing a GC alternative – not at this issue. We generally glance but we’ve built investments with young riders, and we might like to maintain likely and assistance riders like [Giulio] Ciccone, [Bauke] Mollema, [Jasper] Stuyven and [Mads] Pedersen,” Guercilena mentioned.
“Then we have a bunch of youngsters that we want to carry up to the future degree. We are bringing on two pure climbers, but we cannot confirm them nevertheless right up until August 1. Kenny Elissonde will continue to be, alongside with the main of the workforce, and a few additional younger Classics riders are also signing up for.”
Guercilena also confirmed that he had not been approached by Geraint Thomas’ agent. The Welshman continues to be out of agreement at the conclusion of the year and Trek have been on the hunt for the 2018 Tour winner’s signature the previous time he was on the industry.
“We were being chasing him a couple of years ago but he is not been provided to us at this stage,” Guercilena added.