Trek Factory Racing’s general manager, Luca Guercilena, has told Cyclingnews that there is only a 35 per cent chance of his team signing sprinter Mark Cavendish for 2016.
Cavendish is out of contract for next season but has been linked with a volley of WorldTour teams included Trek Factory Racing, MTN-Qhubeka and BMC. His current team, Etixx-QuickStep have yet to offer him a formal deal, although the two parties continue to talk and negotiate.
Cavendish, who is third in the all-time list of Tour de France stage winners with 26 wins, is currently in London, where he is set to race today’s RideLondon Classic.
However, Guercilena, who is currently in the United States told Cyclingnews that, “the situation is pretty simple. We’ve been talking about it but nothing really has yet been defined. We had a discussion with his manager but no decision has been made. We’ve not made an offer. That depends on some things that we’ve discussed with his agent that are connected together.”
Cyclingnews contacted Cavendish’s agent on Friday but was given a “no comment” reply.
When asked what chance there was of Cavendish joining Trek Factory Racing, Guercilena said: “It’s difficult to say right now. The situation is that his manager proposed him to us with a series of conditions but it’s around a 35 per cent chance of him coming to us for next season.”
“We have many young guys that we want to renew and keep on the team. We’re still working on things but we’ll be concentrating on the leaders that we have and then developing the young talents that we have on the team.”
Cavendish isn’t the only rider who has been linked with a move to Trek Factory Racing with his former HTC-Highroad teammate Tejay van Garderen also speculated to be on the move. The American Grand Tour rider still has a year left on his current deal at BMC and Guercilena confirmed that no transfer bid had been made.
“There’s actually zero chance because he still has a contract for next season. So unless we’re talking about 2017 it’s not going to happen. At the moment there’s no negotiations with him.”
Guercilena also confirmed that Trek Factory Racing had monitored the situations of Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal, with the Cannondale-Garmin pair both out of contract for next season. Despite initial talks with both rider’s representatives moves for either rider are highly unlikely.
In regards to Hesjedal, Guercilena said: “We had a chat but that was just about listening to what he was looking for. It never went further.”