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Vincenzo Nibali to Lampre? Italian team join race to sign three-time Grand Tour winner

Vincenzo Nibali to Lampre? Italian team join race to sign three-time Grand Tour winner

Lampre-Merida have admitted interest in signing the 31-year-old after his contact at Astana expires at the end of 2016 Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the sign on for the 2015 Tour of Lombardy Italy’s top team Lampre-Merida is negotiating to have 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali in its blue and pink colours for the 2017 season. Nibali is out of contract at the end of 2016 and has interest from both his current team Astana and Trek-Segafredo .

Lampre would offer the Italian champion from Sicily a chance to ride for a home team again after racing for Fassa Bortolo and Liquigas-Cannondale.

“We’ve known him for ages, and with his contract coming to an end, there’s interest from both sides to make a deal happen,” Team Manager Brent Copeland told Cycling Weekly .

“Since the team is Italian that works in our favour. It’s easier for him to discuss what he wants and there’s not a board he has to approach to make requests. With our family-type atmosphere it is easy to talk and get answers. When it comes to race programmes and these things, we like having a family atmosphere.”

The Galbusera family, owners the pre-coated steel company Lampre, have sponsored […]

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