Nacer Bouhanni: I’m already in contact with other teams for 2020

Nacer Bouhanni has begun negotiations with various teams as he tries to plan for a future that is likely to be away from the Cofidis team where he has raced for the past three seasons.

The French sprinter was a marquee signing for the French Professional Continental team from WorldTour outfit FDJ after a successful 2014 season, but relations have soured in the past 12 months after a change in the management structure.

Yvon Sanquer was sacked as team boss at the end of 2017 and replaced by Cedric Vasseur, and Bouhanni has since found his leadership role taken away, with the team backing his old lead-out man Christophe Laporte in a number of races.

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Tensions were rife in 2018, some of it played out via the media and Bouhanni, who was repeatedly told he needed to prove his worth, was ultimately left out of the squad for the Tour de France. A stage win at the Vuelta a España allowed Bouhanni to finish 2018 on a good note, and although the 2019 season has only just begun, he’s already thinking about the next one.

“I’m already in contact with other French teams, and some foreign teams. Pro Continental on the French side, but WorldTour teams on the foreign side,” Bouhanni told Cyclingnews at the recent Tour of Oman.

“It’s still too early to say my future has been decided or anything. At this moment in time I don’t know and can’t say, but for the moment discussions are taking place. I think it will be sorted quite soon but, personally, I’m in no hurry. I want to reflect on it and not make a mistake about my choice for the future.”

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