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McEwen considers "interesting" contract offers

Australia's Robbie McEwen is not ready to sign yet

Australia's Robbie McEwen is not ready to sign yet (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)

Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen indicated that he has received "interesting" contract offers from teams for the coming 2009 season, but at the moment is fully concentrated on winning his fourth maillot vert in the upcoming the Tour de France.

The 36 year-old sprinter and his manager have received contract offers, but nothing yet from his current team, Silence-Lotto. "We have had some very interesting offers and are considering them all carefully. I am yet to receive an offer from Silence-Lotto, but they have indicated that they will wait until after the Tour to begin further rider negotiations," McEwen revealed to Cyclingnews Friday morning.

Rumours have circulated in recent days that Tinkoff Credit Systems might be interested in McEwen – winner of 12 Giro d'Italia and 12 Tour de France stages – as well as Italian Filippo Pozzato and Russian Denis Menchov. The team's general manager, Stefano Feltrin, confirmed to Cyclingnews, "we have been talking to all of them, as well as many [others]."

Meanwhile, McEwen is remaining tight-lipped on which teams have contacted him. He stated, "after my recent good form at the Tour de Suisse [winner of stage three and four - ed.], I'm concentrating on winning at the Tour and a possible fourth green jersey."

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