Chris Juul-Jensen claimed the Danish National Time Trial championship title on Thursday and while being congratulated by his team boss, Oleg Tinkov, on Twitter it was revealed he would leave Tinkoff-Saxo at the end of the year.
Normally contract negotiations are not revealed until around August, but the Russian team owner seemed to spill the beans a little early – although the rider didn’t respond to the speculation.
“Pity not to see you in my squad next year,” Tinkov tweeted the Dane, suggesting that contract negotiations might not be taking place.
Juul-Jensen told the media that he was simply concentrating on his races at the moment and would let his legs do the talking in the coming months.
The 26-year-old has been a trusted lieutenant of Alberto Contador in his Giro d’Italia and Route du Sud wins this season, but looks set to be left out of the Tinkoff-Saxo Tour de France lineup.
Yesterday, Belgian rider Edward Theuns made a bad attempt to quell rumours that he was going to join Trek next season, issuing the classic non-denial denial.