Could Vincenzo Nibali’s transfer to Bahrain team be finalised this weekend?

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that Vincenzo Nibali could sign a contract with the proposed Bahrain team this weekend

Could Vincenzo Nibali’s Transfer To Bahrain Team Be Finalised This Weekend?

Vincenzo Nibali attacks on stage fourteen of the 2016 Giro d’Italia (Watson)

As Vincenzo Nibali slips down the Giro d Italia1 general classification the Astana team seem to be preparing for life without the Italian champion, with a contract with the new Bahrain team expected to be signed imminently.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports2 that such a deal could be finalised this weekend at the end of the Giro d Italia, but it reports that some members of the Astana team haven t waited that long to distance themselves from the rider. According to the paper, general manager Alexander Vinokourov3 is nowhere to be seen, sports director Alexandre Shefer is not by Nibali s side and Guiseppe Martinelli is taking refuge in the team bus to avoid the buzz of journalists.

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While transfers are not to be announced until August 1, the newspaper reports that the long-awaited deal between Nibali and the proposed team of Bahrain royal prince5 Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa. It is reported that Nibali s contract takes up about half of Astana s salary budget, meaning Vinokourov would be able to tie up Vuelta a Espa a winner Fabio Aru6 for the long term and maybe have some left over for Peter Sagan, the rumours suggest.

For the Bahrain prince, Nibali s salary demands would probably not be a problem, although the Italian has failed to show his 2014 Tour de France-winning form in the past two seasons.

References

  1. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports (www.corriere.it)
  3. ^ general manager Alexander Vinokourov (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Who will take Tinkoff and IAM Cycling s WorldTour licences in 2017? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ proposed team of Bahrain royal prince (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Vuelta a Espa a winner Fabio Aru (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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