Vincenzo Nibali to Lampre? Italian team join race to sign three-time Grand Tour winner

Lampre-Merida have admitted interest in signing the 31-year-old after his contact at Astana expires at the end of 2016

Vincenzo Nibali arrives at the sign on for the 2015 Tour of Lombardy

(Image credit: Watson)

Italy's top team Lampre-Merida is negotiating to have 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali in its blue and pink colours for the 2017 season. Nibali is out of contract at the end of 2016 and has interest from both his current team Astana and Trek-Segafredo.

Lampre would offer the Italian champion from Sicily a chance to ride for a home team again after racing for Fassa Bortolo and Liquigas-Cannondale.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.