Tinkoff-Saxo are interested in signing Yorkshireman Adam Blythe, Cycling Weekly understands.
The 25-year-old, whose defence of his RideLondon victory on Sunday was curtailed by mid-race sickness, is in the final five months of his current one-year deal with Orica-GreenEdge.
Blythe has posted seven top-10 results to date this year, plus third overall in June’s Tour of Korea in which he worked for team-mate and race winner Caleb Ewan.
The Sheffield-born rider has been tasked with working for the Australian protégé for most of his time thus far with Orica. However, CW understands that he is one of six riders who have not been offered contract extensions with the team.
Joining Tinkoff would see the former BMC rider reunited with directeur sportif Sean Yates, with whom he worked at NFTO in 2014.
Blythe’s agent Baden Cooke told CW today that he was unable to comment on the speculation; Tinkoff-Saxo have been contacted without response.