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Ted King still seeking contract for 2015

ASPEN, Colorado (VN) — American Ted King has not yet signed a contact for the 2015 season.

After four seasons racing in Liquigas and Cannondale lime green, the New Englander is seeking a new home as his Italian program closes up shop at the end of the season.

Rumors have swirled around a merger between the riders and staff of the existing Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp squads, which could, hypothetically, land King, an American rider, onto an American team.

Garmin team manager Jonathan Vaughters told VeloNews Monday that he hoped to have some sort of official announcement about the future of the Slipstream Sports program this week, but would not reveal specifics.

Asked Monday in Aspen if he might be wearing argyle next year, King was evasive with his answer.

“I have not signed a contract for 2015,” King said. Asked how he is feeling about the uncertainty, he answered, “I’m very at peace — with everything.”

King has spent his time at Cannondale in a domestique role, often riding as part of Peter Sagan’s leadout train. King started the Tour de France in 2013 and 2014, but was forced to abandon both times due to injuries.

Asked if he would be racing next year, King smiled, “I cannot confirm nor deny that. I would like to be racing next year. That’s what’s fun about cycling … You never know what’s going to happen. Time will tell.”

Sagan has signed with Tinkoff-Saxo for 2015, and Italian Ivan Basso, also a Cannondale rider, is rumored to be signing with Tinkoff as well.