Bahrain-Merida lead the hunt to sign Van Aert

Wout Van Aert competes at the Belgian Road Championships

Cyclo-cross rider and Classics revelation Wout Van Aert will decide his long-term future within the next fortnight with several WorldTour teams hoping he will break his contract for 2019 with Veranda’s Willlems-Crelan and step up a level. Bahrain Merida , who have already signed Phil Bauhaus for next year and are set to announce Rohan Dennis later this summer, are leading the charge and have already offered Van Aert a contract for next year which would allow the 23-year-old to combine a slimmed down cyclo-cross campaign, as well as the Classics and a Grand Tour. “We’ve made an official proposal, and we’ve made everything official that we can do in terms of getting him on board,” Bahrain-Merida’s Brent Copeland told Cyclingnews. "He’s still got a contract for 2019, so it’s a bit complicated from an administration standpoint with the cyclo-cross season. Whether it happens next year or not, I don’t ...

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