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Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
« on: May 22, 2019, 09:11 »
It is pretty early to start this thread, yes. But there's already a transfer for 2021 announced:
https://teamsunweb.com/welcome-andreas/

Andreas Leknessund #unox --> #sunweb
I presume that this means he will stay with #unox for 2020.

Some background:
Raised in Tromsø, Leknessund was a.o. *no & *eu junior ITT champion in 2017, and was the only one close to EBH at the 2018 *no ITT champs, only losing out on the elite title by 7". Several good results in U23 Nations Cup in 2018, and in 2019 a.o. runner-up at the Circuit des Ardennes, only 7" behind later Yorkshire stage winner Alexander Kamp.


Here's a look at the legal stuff:
Going strictly by the UCI rules, this transfer was announced 14 months and 10 days before the earliest possible date (1 August 2020).
In the real world, maybe that rule should simply be struck off the rulebook. :S

And should #unox get their ProConti licence for 2020 (which I don't see not happening), he will have to sign a neo-pro contract with them (which is required to be for minimum two years, so 2020 & 2021) while he already has signed a neo-pro contract with #sunweb from 2021 onwards.
So the #unox contract would have to include a clause that it becomes null and void for the second year if the rider signs with a WT team - a clause that then comes into force the very moment the contract is signed. I'm happy I'm not the lawyer who has to figure out how to do that properly! :-x
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #1 on: May 23, 2019, 06:58 »
    This is not very surprising, except for the fact that the strong link established between Foss and #jumbo seems to have forced the hand of other that want to pick the best pieces from the #unox cake early.  Both Leknessund and Foss have some aspirations in the direction that no Norwegian rider has been heading for many long years, up mountains and into the GC of major tours. However, that´s clearly not a given result, much will depend on the continued development in the years to come. There must be  tens of riders in their age class every year around the globe with similar hopes - hopes linked with some degree of realism - and most will not even come close to winning a grand tour  - that doesn´t make it worthless to try, hopefully they will have fun :)

    It will be interesting to see if it´s Jumbo-Visma or Sunweb that is more successful in bringing these talents forward. So far, I think one of the strengths of #unox is that they have had both. Two quite similar riders in terms of ambition and talent can create a very positive collaboration and competition. I hope they can support each other better than Kristoff and EBH in the future....more like a cycling equivalent of Svindal and Jansrud :)

    Foss announcement to follow? (I believe they have different agents, this deal is one of Pinotti´s first so that may explain the unusual long term framme for it)
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 20:09 »
    https://twitter.com/Cicloweb_it/status/1144508022271750146

    Conca + Colleoni ---------> #androni

    Stagiaires in 2020 as well.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 20:03 »
    https://twitter.com/Cicloweb_it/status/1144508022271750146

    Conca + Colleoni ---------> #androni

    Stagiaires in 2020 as well.
    Totally off tonic warning :)

    The name Conca brings memories of a very good soccer player that was never seen in Europe: Dario Conca! 

    On his transfer to China he out-salaried even Messi (and he was the first player to do thati, the same Messi that made him totally unknown in Europe, because if you are Argentinian and a born number 10 type player, the waiting line doesn´t move. I watched him play with Fluminense in Rio (he masterminded the serie A win for them).
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #5 on: December 16, 2019, 08:34 »
    https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/xandro-meurisse-vijftig-procent-kans-op-tourdeelname-voor-circus-wanty-gobert/

    Meurisse -----------> WT in 2021

    That's his plan anyway.

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    He also reckons that a TDF wildcard for Circus this year is a 50/50 chance.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #6 on: April 19, 2020, 15:54 »
    https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/klimtalent-rivera-benaderd-door-bora-hansgrohe-en-bahrain-mclaren/

    Rivera ---------> #bora or  #bahrain ?

    He'd prefer the German team as he sees less climbing competition there.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #7 on: April 26, 2020, 20:50 »
    https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/veldrijder-felipe-orts-op-weg-naar-wegploeg-burgos-bh/

    Orts -----------> #burgos ?

    The team already has one multi-discipline rider in Carlos Canal.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #10 on: May 28, 2020, 18:10 »
    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1266023914251173894

    Lopez ---------> #bora ?

    If true it would likely mean Majka moving on. Joining up again with Bjarne?
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #11 on: June 01, 2020, 09:58 »
    #lotto

    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20191014_04662156

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    Florian Vermeersch will join the team in June or July.

    confirmed now:

    https://twitter.com/Lotto_Soudal/status/1267338338492723201

    #lotto (U23) Florian Vermeersch --> #lotto Lotto Soudal
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #12 on: June 05, 2020, 14:21 »
    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1268883949117374466

    Bardet ---------> #sunweb ?

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    A change could be good for him, but I'm sceptical that Sunweb would be the right team for him.

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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #14 on: June 08, 2020, 07:49 »
    sounds like a good fit. With Haussler likely to dominate the classics this year, and also Mohoric chafing at the bit, there won't be too much room at #bahrain Bahrain, while Movistar's classics teams basically consists of two riders, and both are in their mid thirties.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #15 on: June 18, 2020, 20:46 »
    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/chris-froomes-contract-negotiations-remain-ongoing/

    In addition to the Froome, GVA and Stuyven rumours.....

    Gorka + Ion + Nieve + Uncle Tom Cobley ---------> #israel ?
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #16 on: June 24, 2020, 07:56 »
    from today's Het Nieuwsblad:

    #lotto Stan Dewulf --> #ag2r AG2R La Mondiale

    Apparently #israel also is interested in signing #trek Porte and #bahrain Teuns
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #17 on: June 24, 2020, 10:14 »
    from today's Het Nieuwsblad:

    #lotto Stan Dewulf --> #ag2r AG2R La Mondiale

    Apparently #israel also is interested in signing #trek Porte and #bahrain Teuns

    Looks like they couldn’t keep Dewulf from the door.
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    Re: Mens' transfers and Rumors 2020-21
    « Reply #18 on: July 01, 2020, 18:29 »
    https://twitter.com/Arkea_Samsic/status/1278339782154878986

    Two more well deserved years for Swift at Arkea. Did a sterling job in PN for Quintana.
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