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CCC sports director confirms Geraint Thomas contract offer

Joe Robinson
8 Aug 2018

New Polish WorldTour team target Tour champion as well as some home talent

CCC sports director Piotr Wadecki has confirmed that his team have made an offer for Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), as they prepare to take BMC Racing's place in the WorldTour.

Recent Tour de France winner Thomas is out of contract at the end of the season with Team Sky and in a recent interview with the BBC, suggested that he could be open to offers elsewhere

While the Welshman would most likely be offered a substantial pay rise after his Tour exploits, it is uncertain how the British WorldTour team would manage the Tour ambitions of both current winner Thomas and four-time champion Chris Froome.

Speculation as to where Thomas could end up began to surface but the first team to show concrete interest in the 32-year-old has come to light.

In an interview with daily Polish sports newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, former professional rider-turned-sports director Wadecki stated: 'I can confirm that we made him [Thomas] an offer and we are waiting for a reply.'

The Pole went on to state that he believed a decision would be made during the Tour of Poland, which is currently being raced.

Wadecki suggested that a move to CCC would make sense for Thomas as the team looks to build a solid General Classification roster alongside it Classics team headed by Greg Van Avermaet.

'Our sponsor has the ambition to also compete in the General Classification of Grand Tours,' Wadecki said.

'Geraint ends his contract with Sky this year, and his position as the team leader is not certain. He won the Tour de France, but will he be number one?'

'There is Chris Froome, who will want to win. With us, Geraint would already know in January that his goal is the Tour de France and we would definitely focus on him.'

Although the Polish ProContinental team will assimilate much of the departing BMC Racing team, it will be lacking in terms of stage racing riders.

At the end of the season, both Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte will be departing while it is heavily rumoured Rohan Denis will also be on the way out.

This makes Thomas the perfect target for CCC as they look to rebuild their roster.

One other rider that could be considered by CCC is Rafal Majka. A native Pole, having a home favourite riding for them would be good for the sponsors, however, Wadecki believes his signature could be hard to get.

'We talked about Majka, but he still has a two-year contract with Bora-Hansgrohe. There was information suggesting he did not sign, but to my knowledge, he extended his contract,' admitted Wadecki.

'If not, I would also like Łukasz Wiśniowski (Team Sky) and Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Triestina) to come to us. I see Mareczko as a Pole because he has two passports: Polish and Italian.'