Victor Campenaerts could leave Lotto-Soudal to make room for Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb

The Hour Record holder apparently turned down an increased offer earlier this season as he decided to wait because other teams were showing interest

Victor Campenaerts and Philippe Gilbert (Getty Images)

Victor Campenaerts could leave Lotto-Soudal as the Belgian team prioritise their funds for signing Paris-Roubaix winners Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), according to reports.

The team are said to have insufficient budget to re-sign the new Hour Record holder, who apparently turned down a new and improved contract earlier in the season, Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports, with Campenaerts deciding to wait it out as other teams were circling with lucrative offers of their own.

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