Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Sharp) is reportedly set to be the subject of legal action after he began speaking with other teams having already reached an agreement with RadioShack-Nissan.
Het Belang van Limburg reports that Vanmarcke verbally committed to RadioShack-Nissan at the end of the spring classics following an impressive campaign for Garmin-Sharp and later put the agreement in writing. The article then explains that Vanmarcke then entered negotiations with other teams, leaving an unhappy RadioShack-Nissan management to consider their legal options.
Earlier this week, Vanmarcke's Dutch agent Martijn Berkhout told Cyclingnews: "I can't say where he's going yet because that's up to his team to release it at the right time" indicating that a deal had been struck. Berkhout also said that Vanmarcke would not be joining a Belgian team, ruling out Lotto-Belisol or Omega Pharma – Quickstep.
Another publication, nieuwsblad.be, is reporting that the Belgian is on the verge of signing with Rabobank but Cyclingnews understands that the deal has already been signed. Cyclingnews has contacted RadioShack-Nissan for clarification.
A move to Rabobank has led to speculation that Matti Breschel could leave Rabobank with a move back to Saxo Bank a strong possibility.
Breschel is currently riding the Vuelta but told Cyclingnews that he has yet to decide his future.
“I’ve not signed anything and nothing is official. It’s all rumours at the moment and I still don’t know what I’m going to do next year. Right now I’m at the Vuelta and I’m concentrating on that. As for next year I don’t know. If Vanmarcke joins of course I could ride with him. He’s a nice guy. I could ride with anybody.”