Ineos Grenadiers hasten contract renewals with several riders as Primož Roglič rumours resurface

British team begin to tie down riders for 2024 after a period of internal reviews

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Geraint Thomas, Omar Fraile and Jonathan Castroviejo (L-R) are all out of contract as it stands

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Geraint Thomas, Omar Fraile and Jonathan Castroviejo (L-R) are all out of contract as it stands

Ineos Grenadiers' recruitment pause looks to have ended, with several riders recently sent draft versions of their contract extensions for the coming years.

Almost half the team are either out of contract and awaiting new terms or set on departures for rival teams, with Dani Martínez, Pavel Sivakov, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Ben Tulett all leaving the British team at the end of the current campaign.

The likes of Geraint Thomas, Laurens De Plus, Omar Fraile, Luke Rowe, Ben Swift and Jonathan Castroviejo are all hoping to stay on the team but are also out of contract at the end of 2023.

However, several parties have indicated that the team have finally moved into gear, with draft versions of contract extensions sent out. It’s expected that all of the above riders have agreed personal terms with either one or two-year extensions involved. Carlos Rodríguez, who finished fifth at this year's Tour de France, and who had at one point agreed on a move to Movistar, is set to stay at Ineos having agreed a long-term deal with the British outfit.

It's still unclear exactly which riders will join the team from rival squads. According to reports, a move for Tobias Foss is back on after the team initially iced the deal earlier this summer. Óscar Rodríguez is expected to join from Movistar, while AJ August is likely to join from the junior ranks.

The Roglič rumours

At the same time, rumours of a possible move for Primož Roglič continue to persist. The Slovenian has been linked to a number of teams in the last 12 months, including Lidl-Trek, Movistar and Ineos.

The rider has a contract with Jumbo-Visma until the end of 2025 but since the Vuelta a España, where Roglič finished third behind teammates Sepp Kuss and Jonas Vingegaard, speculation has mounted of a move away from the Dutch team. The news that Jumbo-Visma are preparing for a merger with Soudal Quick-Step is likely to only see Roglič’s future face even greater scrutiny, given the depth both teams have and the limited opportunities the Slovenian may find himself with when it comes to leadership at the Tour de France in 2024.

However, according to Roglič’s representatives, no approach has been made by Ineos Grenadiers, while the British team have not responded when contacted for comment.

During the Vuelta, Roglič would only go so far as to say he was flattered with the links to rival teams.

“These are good things for me. It means someone wants me and that means I’m good,” he said.

Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Merjin Zeeman recently told GCN: “There has been zero discussion. So I think it’s a complete bullshit story. Of course we wouldn't let him go. We’re building a team for the long term and that’s the strategy. We want to make sure that these guys are under long-term contracts and we don’t give that away.

"Plus I saw the report and I think what his manager said is that Primož is also very happy with the team. So I think that from both sides we are committed to each other.”

On Sunday night Zeeman reiterated his stance when asked specifically about links with Ineos and his Slovenian team leader.

“It’s news for me. So not correct,” he said in a text message to GCN.

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