Patrick Lefevere continues to be none the wiser as as to whether Sam Bennett might be a Deceuninck-QuickStep rider in 2020 with the Irishman’s contract state of affairs at Bora-Hansgrohe nonetheless unresolved.
Alternatively, Lefevere has knowledgeable Cyclingnews that the German WorldTour workforce, who’re insistent that Bennett has a deal in position with them for 2020, presented the Irishman as a part of a industry that integrated Alvaro Hodeg going the wrong way from Deceuninck.
Lefevere became down the proposal and stays affected person because the UCI arbitration machine makes a decision whether or not Bora-Hansgrohe and Bennett do certainly have a sound contract in position for 2020.
Bennett is taking a look to extradite himself from the workforce after being snubbed for a spot at each the Giro d’Italia and Excursion de France this yr.
“There’s no building or information. There’s no settlement but between him and Bora. There have been any other proposals however I didn’t settle for them. I’m a 3rd birthday party on this and I’m ready on others,” Lefevere advised Cyclingnews on Wednesday.
“They [Bora] had been all for exchanging riders however I refused. They had been on the lookout for Hodeg however I’m now not all for buying and selling livestock. I don’t have the balls to visit a tender child of 23 and say I’ve were given information, you’re going to Bora subsequent yr. Initially we’re now not a soccer workforce, so we will’t purchase and promote a rider.”
In spite of uncertainty over his long run, Bennett has loved any other stellar season at the highway, profitable two levels of the Vuelta a España, 3 levels of the BinckBank Excursion, a degree within the Critérium du Dauphiné, two levels in Paris-Great, the Irish nationwide championships and a number of other different races.
With Elia Viviani leaving Lefevere’s workforce for Cofidis, the Belgian boss is looking for a possible alternative sprinter however for now he’s last affected person.
When requested if he anticipated Bennett to race within the blue Deceuninck-QuickStep colors subsequent yr, Lefevere responded: “It doesn’t rely on me, it will depend on him attaining an settlement with Bora. I will be able to’t take a rider who’s below contract. He says that he doesn’t have one, and Bora say that he has. I’m ready. I’m right here in my chair and ready. That’s all that I will be able to do.”
Cyclingnews contacted Bora-Hansgrohe, however a spokesperson for the workforce stated: “We don’t touch upon any hypothesis or rumours referring to Sam Bennett.”
Cyclingnews additionally contacted Bennett’s agent, Andrew McQuaid, who declined to remark.