Jumbo-Visma are interested in signing Cian Uijtdebroeks, Richard Plugge confirms

Young Belgian has been linked with multiple teams throughout the off season

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Cian Uijtdebroeks has been linked with multiple teams recently

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Cian Uijtdebroeks has been linked with multiple teams recently

Jumbo-Visma boss Richard Plugge has confirmed that his team are interested in signing Cian Uijtdebroeks from Bora-Hansgrohe.

The 20-year-old’s future has been the subject of lots of speculation throughout the off season, with Ineos Grenadiers, Lidl-Trek and Jumbo-Visma all believed to be interested in his signature. While Uijtdebroeks recently played down some of those rumours, Jumbo-Visma’s Plugge confirmed in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws that the Belgian was on his team’s radar.

“We are indeed interested in Cian,” he said. “We were already like that when he was still a junior. We already spoke to him then. But he still has a contract.”

Uijtdebroeks’ contract with Bora-Hansgrohe runs out at the end of 2024 but he has criticised the team on multiple occasions, leading to speculation that a transfer could be on the cards. The first of those criticisms came at the Vuelta a España when he hit out at teammate Aleksandr Vlasov in the media for his lack of support in the mountains, while the team’s equipment was the focus of his ire at the European Championships.

Despite this, the Belgian recently played down some of those rumours in an interview with VTM, although he refused to rule out leaving.

“A lot is said and written, but much of it is incorrect. I don't have much to add at this point. There are a lot of rumours that I would leave, but we are certainly not working on that at the moment. I can't say anything at the moment. I still have a contract until the end of 2024,” the Belgian rider told VTM.

“Would I stay with the team after next year? I'm not going to answer that. I have no comment on those matters at this time.”

Amid the rumours, Bora-Hansgrohe boss Ralph Denk reiterated the team’s ambitions to keep Uijtdebroeks to GCN in early November, although he admitted that their efforts may be hampered by financial limitations.

“It’s a goal [to sign him] because he’s a talented rider but our pockets aren’t as big as some other teams,” Denk said.

“We have to find a smart way. In my opinion, at the moment, he stays for 2024 because no other team is asking for us to let him go. If you look to the UCI rules you need a three-way agreement with the new team, existing team and the rider. And then the UCI. I don’t even have a draft offer on my table. Cian has a valid contract and I respect contracts."

If he joined the team, Uijtdebroeks would move in the opposite direction to Primož Roglič who will make the move across to Bora-Hansgrohe for the 2024 season, having agreed a two-year contract.

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