Trek-Segafredo have at last confirmed that Vincenzo Nibali will ride in their colours in 2020 after agreeing a two-year contract with the team. The Italian joins Trek-Segafredo after three years at Bahrain-Merida, and he will be joined on his new team by his brother Antonio.
“I followed my heart and chose for this team, knowing that their project is very serious and competitive,” Vincenzo Nibali said in a statement released by Trek-Segafredo on Thursday afternoon. “The great confidence Trek and Segafredo and all the other sponsors are showing in me is very motivating. I am really happy to continue my cycling career at Trek-Segafredo and look forward to 2020.”
Trek’s interest in Nibali dates back to late 2015, when Italian coffee company Segafredo came on board as co-sponsor. Nibali was heavily linked with a move to Trek-Segafredo in early 2016, when he was in the final year of his tenure at Astana, but despite the overtures of Segafredo president Massimo Zanetti, he opted to sign for the nascent Bahrain-Merida project.
During his time at Bahrain-Merida, Nibali won Milan-San Remo (2018), Il Lombardia (2017), placed on the podium of the Giro d’Italia (2017 and 2019) and Vuelta a España (2017), and won stages in all three Grand Tours.
In January of this year, Massimo Zanetti told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Nibali would ride for Trek-Segafredo from 2020, though the transfer could not be confirmed officially until after August 1. Bahrain-Merida tried to dangle a two-year extension in front of the Italian, but negotations broke down in March. The move to Trek-Segafredo became more likely in April, as reported by Cyclingnews, with Segafredo boss Massimo Zanetti declaring success in signing Nibali in June.
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