John Degenkolb’s season has not gone anywhere near to plan. Nor for many of his teammates who were also involved in a serious crash while training ahead of the season. However, with it being a contract year for Degenkolb, his Giant-Alpecin team has hesitating in renewing his contract while waiting to see how his recovery plays out. That delay has opened up the possibility of a new team for him in 2017.
“We are in the market and it is a complex year,” Trek Segafredo’s manager Luca Guercilena told Cyclingnews. “We are open to many solutions and not one in particular. We will not make any further comment until the 1st of August when contracts must be delivered to the UCI.”
Giant Alpecin have been busy in recent months, tying up the futures of riders already on the squad while also looking at additions for next year. Earlier this month they announced that Simon Geschke had re-signed.
With regards to the Degenkolb to Trek line, team manager Iwan Spekenbrink would only state: “I cannot comment on that. We will strengthen our team for next year with good riders. At the same time some contracts at our end run to the end of this year and on the one hand we’re considering dialogues with riders to continue.”
“John is one of those riders who has a contract that ends this year. First we wanted to see how he was recovering and we have clear picture and we’ll pick up the conversation with him.”
However, Spekenbrink admitted, “at the same time riders can choose to go and sign for other teams. That happens, that’s life. I’m not aware of him signing with another team though.”
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