Roglič confirms he is leaving Jumbo Visma
This year's Giro d'Italia winner Primož Roglič has confirmed rumours that he is leaving Team Jumbo-Visma but he does not plan to reveal his new team until the end of his final race of the season.
"I can only confirm that I am leaving my current team. I'll try to reveal all other details after the end of the season, after my final race," he told national broadcaster RTV Slovenija in an interview released on Saturday.
"I am here to race, to do what I have come here to do," he said ahead of the Giro dell'Emilia, which he ended up winning ahead of compatriot Tadej Pogačar.
Roglič joined Jumbo-Visma in 2016, after having raced for Slovenian side Adria Mobil between 2013 and 2015.
The news that he is switching teams does not come a surprise.
The cycling world has been abuzz with speculation for weeks, ever since the triple Jumbo Visma win at La Vuelta laid bare tensions among the team's top cyclists - Roglič Jonas Vingegaard and Sepp Kuss.
While Roglič's contract with Jumbo-Visma does not expire until the end of next season, the rumours intensified in recent days following news of the proposed merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep.
The merger would add Remco Evenepoel to the roster, making it even more difficult for Roglič to remain team leader.
A number of teams, including Movistar, Lidl-Trek, Ineos, Bora-Hansgrohe, Israel Premier Tech and Bahrain Victorious, have been linked with signing Roglič in recent weeks.