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Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
« Reply #390 on: October 11, 2017, 18:57 »
It's a dog eat dog world out there and it's not as if good US riders are so common, so when there is one he becomes a bone worth fighting over. There are still a few good riders at other North American CT teams (Burke, Hecht, Villalobos, Piccoli, Rodriguez and Stinky Carl) but they may have to look towards Europe to increase their squad sizes up to 16 (at least).

In fact let's have a look at the three teams.

#axeon

Signed Davis, Mostov, Philipsen and Zijlaard. Waiting on news on 9 renewals (could be 10 if Costa returns). So they still need at least two more signings - Bjerg has been rumoured. Could do with a good climber if Costa is still on indefinite leave.

#rally

Signed Carpenter. Huffman is the only confirmed renewal so far, but if everyone does continue they will only need one more signing. Ellsay could be that guy, but I think they're short of a sprinter. Boivin hasn't re-signed with Bike Geeeeeeeks yet....

#holowesko

Eisenhart is the only confirmed rider staying and even if the rest (excluding Carpenter) re-sign they'll still need at least five new signings. Not averse to signing Eastern Europeans (Skujins, Flaksis and Krasy).
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #391 on: October 13, 2017, 12:53 »
    https://www.aquabluesport.com/blog/shane-archbold-signing.html

    Shane Archbold #bora --> #aquablue

    Excellent signing. All they need now is a sprinter. :P
    I guess Blythe & M. Kreder are supposed to fill that role - and with Archbold, Gate, Fenn & Brammeier as lead-out train, they should actually stand a chance.
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #393 on: October 13, 2017, 19:30 »
    *it Biesse Carrera Gavardo will go Continental next year to celebrate its 50th birthday, and (among others) they have signed Luca Restelli, 2nd in the Bergen Junior World Championships last month.

    Confirmed so far (those eight at the top are staying with the team, the others are new additions):

    Stefano Bertoletti
    Raul Colombo
    Nicolò Gozzi
    Enrico Logica
    Stefano Moro
    Federico Orlandi
    Michel Piccot
    Andrea Zanardini

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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #394 on: October 13, 2017, 21:51 »
    Skaarseth --------> #unox
    Another #joker rider moving across to #unox.
    It's great for Arvesen's team, but I do wonder what will be left of Joker in 2018. :-x
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #395 on: October 14, 2017, 12:01 »
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/918883224796958720

    Skaarseth --------> #unox

    Another #joker rider moving across to #unox.
    It's great for Arvesen's team, but I do wonder what will be left of Joker in 2018. :-x

    Second that! It is really starting to look like #unox is the new #joker. Now they are also starting to grab parts of joker's age sliver of slightly older U23 riders. (Earlier this fall it looked like Uno-x could be the younger edition of joker, but this is becoming a bit blurred. Now it seems that    Kristiansen's Norway U-23 squad is about to become the new Uno-x. If recruitment goes ahead at this pace, they'll buy back Halvorsen from Sky before the spring classics starts :)

    Joker didn't offer much in terms of salaries for the riders (and the staff?) and I am starting to speculate there is a longer term discontent directed at the Team Joker ownership that fuels this exodus. The way it looks now, it will be a much reduced squad in terms of quality for next year. Then again - Joker loosing a few important riders, that has happened a few times before - and they always come back, somehow - with new strong riders. As an example of the opposite Sparebanken Sør never made the full comeback after many of their best riders left for Joker a few years back, and now they're gone.
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #396 on: October 14, 2017, 19:10 »
    http://www.ciclismodeburgos.com/index_noticia.asp?noticia=2826

    Confirmed:
    Adrián González #murias --> #burgos

    That completes the roster of 16.
    Ten new signings, six guys kept on from the 2017 Conti squad:
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #397 on: October 15, 2017, 09:06 »
    ....but no Edu Prades. Surely Murias don't need another quickie. Could he end up somewhere left field like Kuwait or will he stay on with Caja after all?
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #398 on: October 15, 2017, 09:30 »
    ....but no Edu Prades. Surely Murias don't need another quickie. Could he end up somewhere left field like Kuwait or will he stay on with Caja after all?
    Who knows.
    There are those new North American ProConti teams as well. They will sign some Europeans, they have to, in order to get 16 competitive riders each. And with Fuji being Caja Rural's bike sponsor - who knows. He won in Philly last year, so he'll be on their radar.
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #399 on: October 15, 2017, 10:22 »
    https://twitter.com/davidarroyito/status/919472255159201792

    the Tour of Turkey is the last race for David Arroyo with #cajarural Caja Rural. Doesn't sound like a retirement announcement though?!
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    Re: Mens transfers and Rumors 2017-18
    « Reply #400 on: October 16, 2017, 09:42 »
    The winner of Fyen Rundt to Denmark    #unox Audun Brekke Fløtten---> #virtu

    https://twitter.com/VirtuCycling/status/919835304982331392

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    "Audun has made it super nice this year and he has shown high level throughout the season and been solid in his performance. I have had a good dialogue with Kurt Asle Arvesen, who has recommended him, he has the age to enter a Danish team and hopefully the confidence to come in and say 'here I am,' says Michael Skelde.
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    and lo it came to pass...

    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/920202289637416960

    Fabio Aru  #astana --->  #uae for 3 years no less.

    Bless that they haven't got it on their twitter account yet  :S

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    “We welcome a champion like Fabio Aru; his skills perfectly match the ambitions of the team,” commented team manager Carlo Saronni. “Besides highlighting Aru’s enormous potential, I’d like to point out that Aru is a rider who can stir up excitement among the fans; he is well-loved because of his generosity on a bike. With his performances he will contribute to promoting an ideal team image and he will likely help us reach important competitive milestones.”

    What do we think?  Aru Giro and Vuelta leaving the TDF for Dan Martin?
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