Philippe Gilbert will leave BMC at the end of the season

Philippe Gilbert will end his five-year association with BMC at the end of the season and has already had contact with potential suitors

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Philippe Gilbert, the 2012 World Champion, will not renew his contract at BMC for 2017, confirming that he has had contact with other teams already.

The Belgian, the winner of the Ardennes triple in 2011, says he won't announce his plans until the UCI's transfer announcement window opens on August 1, but he doesn't seem short of suitors.

"I have spent five great years at BMC and achieved some excellent results," he said before the Tour of Luxembourg prologue on Wednesday.

"I'm in contact with certain teams but nothing will be communicated before the 1st of August.

"I still want to be able to perform at the highest level. I'm only 33 and I still feel capable of great things, especially in the Classics. The Tour of Flanders remains a big objective for me."

With Greg Van Avermaet signed with BMC through the 2017 season, Gilbert's chances of targeting the Tour of Flanders appear slim.

Gilbert has struggled to reach the form he showed in 2011 that prompted his move to BMC, winning only one of the Ardennes races - the Amstel Gold Race - in his time with the American team.

He has won two stages of both the Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia in his time with BMC, as well as the 2012 World Championships road race in the Netherlands.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.