Cian Uijtdebroeks can’t be in two places at once

The UCI just listed the Belgian as a 2024 Bora-Hansgrohe rider. Meanwhile, he's training with Visma and heading to its team launch.

Cian Uijtdebroeks is stalked by Wilco Kelderman (Jumbo-Visma) at the Tour de Suisse.

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by Iain Treloar 20.12.2023 Photography by
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Anyone hoping for a swift or amicable resolution to the Cian Uijtdebroeks transfer saga looks like they’re set for disappointment, with the UCI listing the rider on its website as a Bora-Hansgrohe rider for the 2024 season. 

This wouldn’t ordinarily be newsworthy, seeing as he has a contract with the German team until the end of 2024 – were it not for the fact that both he and Jumbo-Visma believe that he has switched teams. 

Confusing? Yeah, a bit. To briefly recap: 

Which leads us, more or less, up to today: when attentive observers on social media noticed that Uijtebroeks had just been registered on the UCI website as a Bora-Hansgrohe rider for 2024. That’s intriguing for all the reasons listed above, but also because of further reporting suggesting that the case is still being studied by the UCI’s legal department. “Only when they have completed their work can [the transfer] be submitted to me for signature,” said the UCI Professional Cycling Council (PCC) president Tom Van Damme. 

Uijtdebroeks (centre) surrounded by future friends (maybe) at the 2023 Vuelta a España.

That suggests that the legal wranglings are particularly complicated, because, according to Cyclingnews, the PCC met last week prior to the annual UCI WorldTour Seminar, and should have been able to greenlight the transfer then. Any bullying claims or Bora-Hansgrohe buyout are, according to Het Laatste Nieuws, not a factor in the contract dispute, and would instead be presented to the UCI disciplinary committee. “These facts must then be presented to the disciplinary committee,” Van Damme said. “But did Uijtdebroeks report this himself? I do not know.”

All of which means that, a week out from the end of the year, a talented young Belgian, his management, and Visma-Lease-a-Bike believe that he has joined them for 2024, while he is simultaneously still contracted to Bora-Hansgrohe in the eyes of both that team and the UCI. Two different departments of the UCI – the PCC and the notoriously slow-moving disciplinary committee – also have to line up their schedules to push this thing over the line or block it once and for all.

The final cherry on top: on Thursday in Amsterdam, Visma will be presenting its 2024 team (and new kit). Confirmed as being in attendance? Cian Uijtdebroeks. 

Not messy at all. 

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