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Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
« Reply #241 on: September 26, 2019, 08:54 »
What's the special story then? T-72?
He was with the team (and it's virtual predecessor Ringeriks-Kraft) 2016-2018 already, but had a heavy training crash in mid-2018, colliding with a car, and suffered several injuries. He said himself he was "lucky to survive", and it wasn't clear if he could continue cycling.
He sat out the 2019 season, but now appears to be back to cycling - and his old team.

https://www.nrk.no/telemark/stortalentets-sykkelkarriere-kan-vaere-over-1.14156487

https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1024314359630229505
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #242 on: September 26, 2019, 15:55 »
    https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/van-der-poel-heeft-er-drie-nieuwe-ploeggenoten-bij/

    De Tier + Leysen + Vakoc (!) ---------> #corendon

    I assumed Vakoc would extend with Deceuninck, but there you go.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #244 on: September 27, 2019, 10:03 »
    Bjørn Tore Hoem #joker --> ???
    Andreas Vangstad #joker --> ???

    https://www.procycling.no/hoem-vangstad-forsvinner-joker/

    Both were apparently not offered a new contract, and are looking for a new team now.
    Together with the retirement of Forfang, this significantly weakens #joker - and doesn't bode well for the team's future.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #245 on: September 27, 2019, 10:17 »
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #246 on: September 28, 2019, 09:54 »
    Lars Michaelsen (sports director) #astana --> #didata NTT

    https://africasteam.com/michaelsen-assumes-new-head-sports-director-role-with-team-ntt

    This will be a blow to the *dk section at Astana - without the Danish DS, I see the Danes not getting any preferential treatment anymore when it comes to being (re-)signed.
    Fuglsang is good enough on his own, but Gregaard will have to perform in 2020 to be offered a new deal. Maybe, if #astana don't want him anymore, he can return to #riwal in time for the 2021 Danish Grand Départ ... :shh

    On the other hand, I can see NTT signing more Danes in the next couple of years. They have Valgren (ex-Astana) and Stokbro already (Bak retires), others may be added.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #247 on: September 28, 2019, 10:37 »
    https://twitter.com/TeamSVB/status/1177859926670151680

    Some very lean times for Sport Vlaanderen. Zero wins for two seasons. No continental dominator since 2015 (Theuns). No outgoing transfers who have gone onto bigger and better things since that crop of 2015 (De Gendt might buck that trend).
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #248 on: September 28, 2019, 11:39 »
    More #unox news:
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1177242568779845632
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1177545607763890178
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1177849495696097281

    That brings the team to 19 riders, and of the current squad only Sindre Kulset and Iver Skaarseth haven't been re-signed or announced as leaving.

    They may still bring on someone - #academy Sondre Holst Enger is rumoured, and maybe #joker Hoem or Vangstad could be of interest as well - but I don't expect more than one or two extra riders.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #249 on: September 29, 2019, 16:34 »
    Welp...  :-x

    https://twitter.com/Bahrain_Merida/status/1178328028667138048

    Hmmm. Link seems to be dead. :slow

    Nope. Must've just been a lot of traffic.  :D

    Not much there anyway.


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    TEAM BAHRAIN MERIDA terminates contract with Rohan Dennis

    Team Bahrain Merida Press   |   Press

    The team terminated its contract with Mr Dennis on 13th September 2019.
    This termination has not previously been made public to allow Mr Dennis an undisturbed preparation for the UCI 2019 Road World Championships.

    Mr Dennis has referred the termination to the UCI Arbitral Board.
    Against this background, no further comment will be made at this time.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #250 on: September 29, 2019, 17:42 »
    Morten Hulgaard #coloquick --> #unox

    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1178330210313424896

    Probably replacing Casper Folsach who has to pause his career because of heart problems.
    Hulgaard is rider no. 21 already as Iver Skaarseth has apparently quietly been re-signed (at least according to CQranking).
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #251 on: September 29, 2019, 21:23 »
    More #unox news:
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1177242568779845632
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1177545607763890178
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1177849495696097281

    That brings the team to 19 riders, and of the current squad only Sindre Kulset and Iver Skaarseth haven't been re-signed or announced as leaving.

    They may still bring on someone - #academy Sondre Holst Enger is rumoured, and maybe #joker Hoem or Vangstad could be of interest as well - but I don't expect more than one or two extra riders.

    Iver Skarseth is signed as a neo-pro for 2 years (check your own post for info  :P )

    I seriously doubt Holst Enger is the guy they are looking for if they are kicking Skjerping for lazyness and bad influence....even if Holst Enger is one of Kristiansen´s favorite students,  he is rumoured to have a bit fluctuating motivation (perhaps the result of having a rollercoaster ride of health problems and illnesses, that can of course affect motivatioan more than just a little).
    If Skjerping isn´t dedicated enough and Holst Enger not structured enough then I don´t know who they are looking for that is not already under contract but still good enough to capture beacuoup UCI ranking points.  More likely they have their eyes on some developing Norwegian or Danish young riders?
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #252 on: September 29, 2019, 21:27 »
    Iver Skarseth is signed as a neo-pro for 2 years (check your own post for info  :P )
    I should read more closely. :fp

    I don´t know who they are looking for that is not already under contract but still good enough to capture beacuoup UCI ranking points.  More likely they have their eyes on some developing Norwegian or Danish young riders?
    I think that's it then. 21 riders is plenty for a first-year ProConti.[1]
     1. Actually going to be called ProTeam from next year ... let's see if that catches on.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #253 on: September 29, 2019, 21:35 »
    Morten Hulgaard #coloquick --> #unox

    Their main tactic for next year is to create total names confusion: Hoelgaard, Hoelgaard and Hulgaard

    (Yep, the difference is more in the spelling than in the pronounciation...)
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #254 on: September 30, 2019, 17:19 »
    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1178658708026470401

    So Cataldo and Pedrero are gonna be the only experienced mountain doms at Movistar in 2020? I like Pedrero (ex-Inteja and all that), but he can't do the work of 4 or 5 riders and you can't rely too much on the neos.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #256 on: October 01, 2019, 11:13 »
    Makes sense. The team gets a rider with WT experience, SHE gets a team to continue his career.
    And #riwal gets a bigger *no contingent! :cool

    NB: The signing hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but that's probably a matter of course.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #258 on: October 01, 2019, 21:55 »
    Greipel going to a French PCT - and without his trusted lieutenant Sieberg! - didn't feel right from the beginning.

    Greipel says he'll announce something about 2020 in early November - I wouldn't be surprised if he joined Sieberg at #bahrain.
    Though that would possibly bring him back together with Cav, too ... :shh


    In other news, #unox have now also signed a Danish sports director to go with their half-dozen Danish riders:
    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1178910528892276736
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #259 on: October 02, 2019, 07:24 »
    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1179244862618689538

    Dutchies ---------> #riwal

    Some good riders they've picked up.

    The article also talks about the Dutch parent company of Riwal examining the possibility of getting onboard with the team.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #260 on: October 02, 2019, 09:06 »

    Though that would possibly bring him back together with Cav, too ... :shh


    Now that is interesting...

    I wondered if it was a season on the track with UK cycling to pitch for a Tokyo spot for Cav; but perhaps BM use their limitless funds to sign a slew of sprinters; in fact all the worlds sprinters; then bench them all bar Cav in July, allowing him to coast to 5 stage wins; before heading out east to seal his legacy... could happen... :D
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #262 on: October 02, 2019, 19:10 »
    Israel Cycling Academy to  to take control of the Katusha team and join World Tour in 2020

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    Tour under the existing Katusha license, which is being renewed for the next three years.

    The transaction is, of course, subject to UCI approval of the license renewal in the normal course of business.

    The Israeli team will use its traditional blue and white uniforms provided by Katusha branded apparel under a new sponsorship agreement.

    So how does this fulfill the original mission statement of the team? :slow

    [Maybe it's just me, but any sort of official announcement that takes place through Facebook—from anyone, about anything— always seems to carry about as much weight as advertising a local bake sale. YMMV]

    https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1179427691910615041
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #263 on: October 02, 2019, 21:28 »
    Israel Cycling Academy to  to take control of the Katusha team and join World Tour in 2020

    So how does this fulfill the original mission statement of the team? :slow
    Well, they do move to the highest level of the sport.
    But yes, like with #mtn -> #didata, it feels like the team and its mission won't be the same anymore.

    [Maybe it's just me, but any sort of official announcement that takes place through Facebook—from anyone, about anything— always seems to carry about as much weight as advertising a local bake sale. YMMV]
    It's not just you; I don't 'get' it either. It just feels weird.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #264 on: October 03, 2019, 09:31 »
    Israel Cycling Academy to  to take control of the Katusha team and join World Tour in 2020

    So how does this fulfill the original mission statement of the team? :slow

    I can't actually find what the original mission statement was, but it probably boiled down to "developing cycling in Israel" which obviously it still will be doing and riding in the Tour (whatever you think of it) can only help that.

    Since it inception in 2015 though there have been other missions which have come and gone as the team has going through various changes. In it's first year the team had a link with Peter Sagan and thus the development bit was extended to include Slovakia (and Poland). That only lasted a year and the next one was about cyclists from non-traditional cycling countries getting a chance. Finally with Sylvan Adams (and his money) getting on board, that led to the current mission about getting the team (and Israeli riders) to the Tour. Outside of the Israeli and Canadian riders, the nationality focus now (if there is any) is more about having a melting pot of numerous countries.

    The World Tour team is only the tip of the iceberg though in what the team and Adams is doing to promote cycling in Israel. They have the link up with Cote d'Armor to enable young Israeli riders to "get their heads kicked in" on the roads of France. There are not one, but two devo squads. They have scholarship programs for young coaches, there are eight cycling schools, Adams paid half the money to build a velodrome in Tel Aviv and I'm probably missing out a few things in addition to that.

    All the above doesn't guarantee success of course and my worry now is that the gap that the homegrown riders will have to bridge might be too big. They'll have to retain quite a few of the smaller .1 raced in their program and in future years a proper CT devo team might not go amiss.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #265 on: October 07, 2019, 10:42 »
    the first of the expected Japanese guys to get on board at the new Nippon Delko:

    Masahiro Ishigami --> #delko Nippo - Delko - Marseille-Provence

    https://teamdelkomarseilleprovence.com/ishigami-masahiro-premiere-recrue-japonaise-pour-2020/

    Interesting that they are going for a youngster instead of one of the more experienced #nippo guys, but Ishigami currently (for the third year) is racing for the French A.V.C. Aix-en-Provence club team, so it probably makes a lot of sense
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #266 on: October 09, 2019, 08:52 »
    https://twitter.com/Arkea_Samsic/status/1179048514363559936

    According to Het Nieuwsblad, #corendon Corendon-Circus, #dimension Dimension and another unnamed team are interested in signing the Gorilla.

    Given the German Canyon bikes and the potential interest of Alpecin joining in as a sponsor, Corendon would probably make the most sense.

    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20191008_04652966
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2019-20
    « Reply #267 on: October 09, 2019, 09:19 »
    He could actually get a decent train at Corendon, but I can't help feeling that he'd be better off forgetting sprints, or at least not totally focusing on them, and instead look at slightly tougher classics or even getting in breaks (was it in Luxembourg a few years back he had some great breakaway action on hilly days?).
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    « Reply #268 on: October 09, 2019, 09:52 »
    yeah, I think (well, I hope) that he has realized that meanwhile.

    A couple of days ago Corendon said that they would try to get into the Vuelta next year btw
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    « Reply #269 on: October 09, 2019, 10:00 »
    I think that's it then. 21 riders is plenty for a first-year ProConti.[1]
     1. Actually going to be called ProTeam from next year ... let's see if that catches on.
    minimum team-size is 20 on from next year, so they can't go much lower
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