Cyclingnews understands from sources within the women’s peloton that French rider Pauline Ferrand Prévot is heading to Canyon-SRAM in 2017.
The team are currently looking to bolster their squad for the future, while Ferrand Prévot’s current team, Rabo–Liv Women's Cycling Team, has an uncertain future with several riders already set to leave.
Cyclingnews understands that several teams showed interest in signing the former world champion, including Liv Planture, however she is now heading to Canyon-SRAM.
On Thursday, Canyon-SRAM general manager Ronny Lauke denied that he has signed Ferrand Prévot at this stage, but he left the door open as to whether she would be with the team next year. Ferrand Prévot is apparently waiting to announce her future later in the season, and she competes at the Olympics Games next week in the women’s mountain bike event.
“We’ve not signed her but I don’t know what will happen,” Lauke told Cyclingnews from Rio, where he was working during the Olympics. “We’re talking to different riders about making our group stronger but so far nothing has been decided. We’re talking to various riders but at the moment I can’t say anything more.”
When asked if Ferrand Prévot would be a rider the team would be keen to take, Lauke added: “Look at the strength of the current team and the weakness. That gives you an indication of the type of rider we are looking at. Like I said, there are various on-going talks but nothing has developed to the point where I can confirm anything.”
Ferrand Prévot did not respond when contacted by Cyclingnews.