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Connect the Dots - Transfer Predictions 2019/20
« on: May 20, 2019, 14:23 »
The 'Transfers and Rumors' thread very much is full of news from other sources. This is a more speculative version of the same thread, asking "who should go where?"

...or as it's been said in previous years' threads, "predict the transfer before the rumour".

We had three or four correct guesses last year, but percentage wise it wasn't so great[1].
 1. Fus had half of Scandinavia signing for Riwal :P
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    Dimension Data could be an option (assuming that they are still WT of course), but I think they should be going all out for Bennett.

    Bennett´s supposedly not riding any of the Grand Tours of importance for #bora this year, neither Giro nor the Tour. Taking into account that he´s the man with most WT wins for Bora, yep - more than Sagan, actually: this looks like an unhappy divorce already filed for, but not announced. The mass failure that is #dimension 2019 should really do everything they can to get a reliable delivery-man on board QUICKLY.

    Bennett -----------> #didata

    Servais even thinks it might happen mid-season.
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    https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/05/20/1558284358/androni-sidermec-talenti-in-partenza-masnada-cattaneo-vendrame-savio

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    Gianni Savio has already put the eyes on a young South American talent whose nationality he does not want to reveal

    There's always talent in the South American cantera. Could be Gianni has picked up on someone at Tachira this year, but who already has experience of running in Europe....

    Aular ------------> #androni ?
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    Let's pick some low hanging fruit.

    Peak -----------> #kometa

    At the end of last year I would have said this had very little chance of happening, but he's had an unremarkable 2019 (so far!) and it could be that Deceuninck take a pass on him. Step forward the soon to be PCT team with a Hungarian named sponsor. They've already signed up Dina and with Valter more likely to be on his way to the senior CCC team at some point, that just leaves Peak.
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    Boswell + Perry + Cataford ---------> #rally

    Rally are one of a number of PCT teams who will have to recruit a fair few riders to get to the new minimum squad size of twenty. If Tuft retires and McNulty moves to UAE then you're looking at at least six new faces.

    There are some younger riders they could cherry pick from Aevolo or Floyds, but the three I've mentioned are more experienced hands with plenty of Euro racing under the belt.
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    Rally are one of a number of PCT teams who will have to recruit a fair few riders to get to the new minimum squad size of twenty.

    Speaking of which....

    #novonordisk ----------> CT ?

    They struggle to get enough race days for sixteen riders never mind twenty. Going Continental seems the sensible option. Hagens Berman are doing it, the Pickles are rumoured to be dropping down and it wouldn't surprise me if other teams like Burgos, W-52 or even Riwal followed suit.
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    Speaking of which....

    #novonordisk ----------> CT ?
    Not unlikely to happen. I remember having heard about a step down to Conti for them.

    it wouldn't surprise me if other teams like Burgos, W-52 or even Riwal followed suit.
    #burgos - they might just sign four more random guys and continue doing what they do
    #porto - why are they PCT in the first place?

    #riwal - I hope this doesn't happen, and there have been no murmurs whatsoever about such a step back in the Danish scene as far as I know. On the contrary, with the 2021 Grand Départ, they may be able to secure enough funding and sign good enough riders to line up in the Tour!
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