Five cycling contract controversies that show the 'Cian Uijtdebroeks situation' is nothing new

The young Belgian is not the first person to find it tricky to move teams, as these examples prove

(L-R) Philippe Gilbert, Wout van Aert and Bradley Wiggins
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For someone who has yet to even win a professional bike race, the level of wrangling and intrigue over the future of Cian Uijtdebroeks is fascinating, just the kind of thing that fans needed in order to get them through the month of December. With Jumbo-Visma claiming that they have signed the 20-year-old, Bora-Hansgrohe insisting that he has one more year on his contract, and the Belgian rider's agents resolute he is free to leave, it is a situation which doesn't seem like it will be resolved too soon.

The likeliest outcome is that Uijtdebroeks will end up at what will be Visma-Lease A Bike at some point, with compensation going the other way if it is due, but it is far from clear cut, as a look at the history of contract farragos shows. The kind of deal that Jumbo and Uijtdebroeks claim to have signed requires approval from cycling's governing body, the UCI, with Bora's agreement. As it stands, the case could end up in the courts, as other per other similar disagreements. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.