Primož Roglič on the cusp of signing multi-year contract with Bora-Hansgrohe

Jumbo-Visma rider close to finalising deal that will secure leadership at 2024 Tour de France

Clock11:18, Tuesday 3rd October 2023

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Primož Roglič is heading for Bora-Hansgrohe in 2024

He may not have signed on the dotted line, but all indications point to Primož Roglič joining Bora-Hansgrohe in 2024.

According to sources on both sides of the negotiations, the small print needs to be addressed, with a decision set to be made in the next couple of days.

Both Roglič’s agent and sources close to the team indicated that a deal has not yet been signed but the rider is on course to agree a long-term deal that would give him leadership at the Tour de France for at least next season.

Roglič was reportedly at the Red Bull Athletic Performance Centre last week in order to hold talks with Bora-Hansgrohe’s senior management. Bora and Red Bull share the facility just outside Salzburg, Austria, for testing.

It’s understood that part of the fine print over the deal could relate to the staff and riders Roglič may bring with him to Bora-Hansgrohe next season.

Read more: Primož Roglič ‘received a huge offer beyond all expectations’ says WorldTour boss

There had been speculation suggesting that current teammate Jan Tratnik would make the switch alongside his fellow Slovenian but Jumbo-Visma and his agent - coincidentally also Roglič’s agent - denied that Tratnik would change teams due to the fact that he still had a contract with Jumbo-Visma for 2024.

At the weekend, it was confirmed by Roglič, and then later Jumbo-Visma, that the Slovenian would leave at the end of the year, despite having a contract with the team for 2024. Roglič’s tenure at Jumbo-Visma has been in doubt for several weeks, with a clutch of teams monitoring his situation in the wake of a tense Vuelta España in which the rider was forced to forgo his own ambitions for those of teammate, Sepp Kuss.

Read more: Primož Roglič confirms he will leave Jumbo-Visma

By the weekend, the number of teams seriously linked to Roglič was down to two with only Bora and Ineos Grenadiers in the running.

When contacted by GCN, Roglič’s representatives indicated that a solution would be finalised in the coming days.

Bora-Hansgrohe, meanwhile, have worked tirelessly to get the deal over the line. The German team have steadily built themselves as a Grand Tour team over the last few seasons, and won the Giro d’Italia in 2022 through Jai Hindley.

The core of the team has a strong stage racing presence with Hindley, Aleksandr Vlasov, Sergio Higuita, Emanuel Buchmann and future star Cian Uijtdebroeks. Roglič is seen as an immediate upgrade and a viable Grand Tour challenger for the next two seasons, and specifically the best rider to challenge Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar at the Tour de France.

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