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With Aqua Blue folding, these two predictions are almost too simple to make:
Lasse Norman Hansen #aquablue --> #riwal
Casper Pedersen #aquablue --> #riwal

LNH may want a WT deal (and does deserve one), but one bird in the hand and all that. Also, Riwal('s predecessor) was where he started his career before moving to Virtu('s predecessor team) and then to Vaughters.
Casper P had two seasons at Riwal before going to Giant-Castelli where he more than earned himself a pro contract.

Both of them might want a bigger team than 'only' a Conti team stepping up - but as a Conti team, Riwal have a reputation for paying well (and on time), keeping their word, and generally being a stable set-up.
That is not at all unimportant, as can be seen from their current team folding almost out of the blue.

And maybe they can even get some of their team mates along? Many of Aqua Blue's riders would be at least 'nice to have' for a new ProConti team.

Also, a DS transfer prediction:
Nicki Sørensen #aquablue --> #virtu
Nicki and Bjarne Riis are very close friends. Nicki even DNFed a Tour of Denmark once in order to be able to attend Bjarne's wedding - while being a rider on Bjarne's team.
If Nicki is presented as DS at any other team, we will know that Riis' ProConti plans have come to naught. If Nicki signs on with Bjarne, that could be a sign that maybe there is some substance in Riis' talk after all.
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