The UCI has given a green light to Wout Van Aert to start negotiations with a new team for 2019 after he abruptly broke his contract with Veranda’s Willems-Crelan in September.
“Today we received the official message from the UCI legal unit that Wout van Aert can negotiate freely with a new employer, provided that the transfer is completed before 31 December 2018,” Van Aert’s lawyer said.
“That means that from now on Wout can start negotiations with a new team so that he can get to the start of the upcoming cycling season on the road. Wout is very relieved after a difficult period with a lot of unrest about his person.”
It is rumoured that Van Aert will join LottoNL-Jumbo one year earlier than expected. The Belgian had already agreed to sign with the Dutch team from the 2020 season.