Vasseur: No switch for Geraint Thomas however Dan Martin is an choice

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Vasseur: No switch for Geraint Thomas however Dan Martin is an choice



Cofidis workforce supervisor Cedric Vasseur has advised Cyclingnews that opposite to rumours and hypothesis, the French workforce has not made a transfer to signal Geraint Thomas from Ineos Grenadiers. Nevertheless Vasseur confirmed that Dan Martin is a doable candidate, with Cofidis and Israel Begin-Up Nation the 2 probably groups to signal the Irish climber and Grand Tour rider.Martin is out of contract at Israel Begin-Up Nation and regardless of being the workforce’s most profitable rider during the last two years with stage wins within the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana, in addition to prime ten GC ends in each races, the workforce, have thus far didn’t retain the 34-year-old’s companies.“Dan is somebody who we all know is out of contract,” Vasseur advised Cyclingnews.“We have to take a look at his information and we have to consider the finances. He’s an important rider and we are able to see that on a regular basis. In the mean time we’re in a ready place. He rode the Tour, then the Video games, and he’s among the finest riders on this planet. We are going to wait till the start of the Vuelta to determine issues, as we now have quite a lot of candidates combating for locations within the workforce.”One GC rider who isn’t on Vasseur’s radar is Geraint Thomas. The Welshman has been linked to a number of groups along with his present deal at Ineos set to run out on the finish of 2021. The 2018 Tour winner does have a suggestion on the desk from his present workforce however the phrases are decrease than those in his present deal as a consequence of each his age and lack of Grand Tour ends in the final two years. A number of groups have been linked along with his companies for subsequent 12 months, together with Cofidis, however Vasseur distanced himself from the hypothesis.“We’d prefer it, however there’s truthfully been no dialogue between us and Geraint and his agent for the second. We’re not near a dialogue. It’s the identical with [Jakob] Fuglsang. It was written that Fuglsang was coming to Cofidis however we by no means mentioned it along with his agent. I noticed that Geraint is free however I don’t even know his worth. Jakob can also be an important rider however we’re extra targeted on younger riders. The game belongs to a youthful technology now, so we’re extra targeted on this technology.” Elsewhere on the workforce and it’s all change within the dash division. Christophe Laporte is off to Jumbo-Visma, though Vassuer wouldn’t affirm the Frenchman’s subsequent workforce, whereas Elia Viviani will even go away. Cofidis have been linked to a number of French sprinters in the previous few weeks, with Bryan Coquard prone to be a part of from B&B Lodges.“Christophe was actually hesitating and we perceive that his want is to find one thing new. Eight years on one workforce is lots and as a former rider, I perceive him eager to see one thing else. I can not affirm the place he’ll go however for certain he gained’t be in our roster,” Vasseur added.Viviani has been linked with a return to Deceuninck-QuickStep – the workforce he rode for earlier than Cofidis – however Vasseur might solely affirm the Italian’s departure after two vastly disappointing years on the workforce that netted simply three victories.“You have to ask Patrick Lefevere about that however we determined to not keep it up with him. After all, we’re disenchanted with the outcomes. We’re grateful for what he gave us when it comes to his picture, and we grew to become an even bigger workforce along with his title however a reputation right this moment shouldn’t be sufficient. You’ll be able to see that in Israel with Chris Froome,” Vasseur stated.”As a supervisor, you could have a tough time explaining to your riders that you’ve got somebody who’s earner ten or twenty occasions extra wage than guys who’re stronger than him. In a biking workforce, it’s essential to have a logical scale for salaries. If somebody is taking some huge cash they have to be offering outcomes. So it’s good that Elia has a brand new problem and we do hope that he can observe a profile like Mark Cavendish.”



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