Geraint Thomas says he is considering a move away from Team Sky for the 2015 season, although he hasn’t ruled out staying at the British WorldTour outfit.
Thomas, 27, told BBC Sport Wales that he expects to make a decision on his future within the next week, and that he is thinking about four or five options, including an extension of his contract with Team Sky.
“There’s been a lot of interest - a lot of teams are keen,” explained Thomas.
Thomas said in March that he saw his future in stage racing rather than the Classics, and spent two days in the leader’s jersey at Paris-Nice before abandoning following a crash on the penultimate stage, when he was lying second overall.
At the end of that month, he finished third at the E3 Haralbeke and last month secured top ten finishes at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
“I’m obviously speaking to Sky at the moment and I think it should be sorted this week with where I go,” said Thomas, who joined the team from Barloworld for its debut season in 2010.
“Obviously Sky is a great team but I think it’s good to have a look at other teams and what they have to offer.
“It gives your confidence a boost when there’s three or four teams that have offered you a good contract, so interesting times,” he said.
Should Thomas decide to head elsewhere, the earliest any move can be announced under UCI rules is 1 August.
At that point, Thomas will be in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games where he is competing for Wales in the time trial on 31 July and the road race on 3 August.
Another member of Sky’s Classics squad has been linked with a move away from the team, with reports that Edvald Boasson Hagen may join BMC Racing.
However, according to the website of Norway’s TV2, Boasson Hagen, who is in Sky’s squad for the Giro d’Italia, says that reports he has already agreed a contract with BMC are wide of the mark and there is a 50-50 chance he will stay with his existing team.
Missing from the start of the Giro in Belfast on Friday will be Sky’s Peter Kennaugh, who was forced to withdraw as he continues his recovery from a virus. Kennaugh will be replaced by CJ Sutton.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.