Sam Bennett appears set to join Deceuninck-QuickStep for 2020 after his departure from Bora-Hansgrohe was announced by the German team.
Bennett has been looking to leave Bora-Hansgrohe after missing out on selection for both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France this season, with Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere making clear his interest in signing him to replace Elia Viviani.
The 29-year-old had reportedly signed a letter of intent to stay with Bora-Hansgrohe in May, leading to a legal wrangle, but that has now been resolved with his departure confirmed on Thursday.
"After a great story of success in the past years, Bora-Hansgrohe and Sam Bennett have decided to go separate ways," a team statement said.
"Over the last six years, Bora-Hansgrohe developed Sam Bennett into one of the best sprinters in the peloton. Against this background it however became more and more difficult to align the team's and rider's goals.
"Therefore, Bora-Hansgrohe's management has decided to accept Sam Bennett's wish to leave Bora-Hansgrohe and continue his journey with another team."
Bennett enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2018 with three stage wins on the Giro, and added to his Grand Tour tally with two victories in this year's Vuelta a Espana, taking him to 13 victories overall in 2019.