'It's a pity to lose Izagirre bothers but the price they were asking for was above market value' says Bahrain-Merida boss

The brothers asked for a high salary which suggests they're due to announce a new WorldTour signing soon

Ion and Gorka Izagirre at the 2018 Pais Vasco (Image: Sunada)

Brothers Ion and Gorka Izagirre will leave Team Bahrain-Merida at the end of the 2018 season and it's likely they'll be going to UAE Emirates.

The pair led the Bahrain team in the recent Tour de France after Vincenzo Nibali was forced to abandon. Ion placed 22nd and Gorka placed 24th.

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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.