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Fuglsang in negotiations with Saxo Bank

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Cycling News
Published:
June 25, 2012, 09:21,
Updated:
June 25, 2012, 10:21
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 25, 2012
Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)

Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)

  • Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)
  • Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)
  • Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan).

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"First offer" has been made by Bjarne Riis

RadioShack-Nissan rider Jakob Fuglsang has been approached by Team Saxo Bank for next season. The Dane has been disappointed not to have been selected for the Tour de France this year, stating openly that he would prefer to leave the team directed by Johan Bruyneel at the end of this season, when his contract expires.

"My manager has spoken to Bjarne (Riis)," Fuglsang confirmed to Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. "It could be something, but there are other offers that look interesting too."

But even if the prospect of returning to Saxo Bank is an interesting one, the 2012 Danish time trial champion will compare the possibilities offered to him closely before signing anything, and his choice will not depend on financial considerations alone.

"He has made an offer, and in any case it is a first offer. It can still not work out, so I won't say too much. It has to be the right terms, and I also want to know what Bjarne has in mind for his team. It wouldn't be good if he takes four new captains in, as I would I end up in the same situation as now. That is also a thing to be taken into consideration," said Fuglsang.

Fuglsang rode for Saxo Bank in 2009 and 2010, before joining Leopard Trek in 2011 and being taken over by RadioShack this season. He should have been the team's captain at the Giro d'Italia this year but had to withdraw at the last minute due to a knee injury. A gifted time traillist and solid climber, the 27-year-old has developed into a week-long stage race specialist also able to target the hilly Classics.