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Title: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 03, 2020, 18:58
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1301408302409097216

Vlasov ----------> #ineos ?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 04, 2020, 11:10
Vlasov ----------> #ineos ?
Is their new transfer strategy to just sign anyone who is younger than 30 and can climb?!
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on December 18, 2020, 19:22
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1340011413776031744

Van Aert ---------> #ineos ?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on January 05, 2021, 16:39
This is unexpected:
https://twitter.com/TeamDSM/status/1346486664382849024

Marc Hirschi --> ???

Quote
Team DSM has reached a settlement agreement with their rider Marc Hirschi to terminate their present employment before the original end date of 31 December 2021. It has been agreed that the agreement will be terminated with immediate effect and that no further comments will be made.

What I think happened: Hirschi agreed to sign somewhere for 2022, his current team found out (or was told) and gave him a simple choice: Stay with them for 2021, but not get selected for any races, or buy out his contract (with help from his new team) and transfer right away.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on January 05, 2021, 18:18
.....or they had a difference of opinion on what his race calendar would look like. Maybe DSM were gonna send him to the Giro and Pologne instead of the Ardennes and Tour.

Not sure where he'll end up. He have to weigh up freedom vs money.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Joelsim on January 05, 2021, 22:23
I’ll wager that he was on a very low salary, and UAE offered him 50 times that salary, which would enable Hirschi to buy himself out rather easily.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on January 05, 2021, 22:29
a Dutch journalist on Twitter said that Sunweb was offering Hirschi to other teams on from September, so it may also have been the other way around.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Joelsim on January 05, 2021, 22:33
Bizarre.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on January 14, 2021, 08:28
https://twitter.com/DziamborKarol/status/1349374635540930561

Groß is currently at the #uae training camp, and apparently will join the team after the Olympics.

(tbc) #radnet Felix Groß --> #uae UAE Team Emirates
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on January 15, 2021, 09:14
Groß is currently at the #uae training camp, and apparently will join the team after the Olympics.
What happens if the Olympics are postponed again or even cancelled? :D
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 21, 2021, 10:57
Glad to see that WVA re-ups- good for sport that he has not gone to the 'petro-chemical and plastic by-products' club...
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on April 16, 2021, 18:46
You couldn't make this stuff up. :D

https://www.indeleiderstrui.nl/wielrennen/nieuwe-zorgen-voor-team-dsm-hindley-wil-weg-ploegleiding-botst-met-kragh-andersen

Quote
Jai Hindley is 'the next leader who wants to leave' the Dutch team on a German license. The Australian, together with Romain Bardet leader in the upcoming Giro, would be the focus of Trek-Segafredo and Israel Start-Up Nation.

Another successful pawn of Team DSM, two-time stage winner in the Tour Søren Kragh Andersen, recently also clashed with his own team, according to Het Nieuwsblad . Kragh Andersen wanted to copy his old position on his new time trial bike, but that was not allowed by the team. After his fifth place in the time trial of Paris-Nice, a dispute arose after which the team did not let him start. Officially because of back problems, but the truth was that he was expected in the Netherlands to clarify his position. ' Kragh Andersen still has a contract until the end of 2022.

Hindley + SKA --------> ???
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on April 19, 2021, 11:56
You couldn't make this stuff up. :D
"Nobody is bigger than the team."
"But sir, we are consistently losing the riders that we ourselves developed into winning riders. Maybe we should reconsider our stance?"
"I said, nobody is bigger than the team!"

 ;)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on April 19, 2021, 22:57
"Nobody is bigger than the team."
"But sir, we are consistently losing the riders that we ourselves developed into winning riders. Maybe we should reconsider our stance?"
"I said, nobody is bigger than the team!"

 ;)

I still hope some of their past succesful riders write an autobiography or something about their time as racers with Sunweb/what they call themselves now. Kittel and Dumoulin should have some time on their hands now. I have to admit, I really wonder about what is going on under the hood of this organization. The results are second to none, when the money involved (rumoured to be a low-budget team) are taken into account.

However, all the big stars seem to depart with a quarrel.

Andreas Leknessund would also be an interesting interview target in 1.5 years's time as he comes from a squad with a similar focus on developing riders (and they are good at it too) that nevertheless operates at a lower level. The difference is that while #unox sees the process of letting go of a rider as integral to the way they operate, and apparently they keep the door half-open for returning riders later, #dsm seems to burn all the bridges all of the time and the riders leaving are definetly done with the team.  There seems to be considerable bitterness and a bunch of more or less verifiable allegations of misconduct on both sides every time. How is it even possible to do this so consistently, over time?  :S

It makes no sense in a pure sporting perspective, so I am going to place a bet that it has something to do with money. The team must struggle to make ends meet and there may be certain contractual terms, maybe increasing bonuses after x number of top results or something like that,  which seems attractive for riders when they are in need of a contract because there is a distinct financial upside to it while it also is attractive to a team with a limited budget as the base pay may be kept at a lower level. When riders come within striking distance of certain financial tresholds the team may hold them back, at least for a while, but that may not be enough,  and eventually the team just want to get rid of the riders, in order to protect their economy.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on April 21, 2021, 15:35
I have to admit, I really wonder about what is going on under the hood of this organization.
So do I.
We all hear and read the references to 'the protocols' - but we don't really know what exactly they are. Everyone's rather tight-lipped about that.

Regarding the development of riders from Conti to WorldTour level, there has been an interesting series of articles (in *dk) on Feltet.dk (https://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/julius_johansen_og_niklas_larsen_fortaeller_saadan_var_lejr_med_jumbo-visma/) about the cooperation between #coloquick and #jumbo (and partly #unox).
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on April 21, 2021, 16:16
those were missing:

#cofidis (formerly) Julien Vermote
#ccc (formerly) Guillaume van Keirsbulck

--> #alpecin Alpecin Fenix

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/julien-vermote-signs-for-alpecin-fenix/
https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/alpecin-fenix-contracteert-guillaume-van-keirsbulck/

both signings are not confirmed with the UCI yet, and it'll be interesting to see how they are going to handle it - because the team is full. I guess they could try to move two of the current riders to the development team (Sweeck maybe, or Anderson, who both haven't raced yet this year), but by UCI rules, I don't see any chance to do that before August.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on April 22, 2021, 21:12
those were missing:

#cofidis (formerly) Julien Vermote
#ccc (formerly) Guillaume van Keirsbulck

--> #alpecin Alpecin Fenix

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/julien-vermote-signs-for-alpecin-fenix/
https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/alpecin-fenix-contracteert-guillaume-van-keirsbulck/

both signings are not confirmed with the UCI yet, and it'll be interesting to see how they are going to handle it - because the team is full. I guess they could try to move two of the current riders to the development team (Sweeck maybe, or Anderson, who both haven't raced yet this year), but by UCI rules, I don't see any chance to do that before August.
I guess they could put Vermote and Van Keirsbulck in the development team and regularly 'promote' them to the ProTeam? They wouldn't be allowed to do WT races, but there's plenty of non-WT races they could do. And then they could do the switcharoo in August.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on April 24, 2021, 19:21
https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1386014473505419266

Not sure how likely any of that is.

It's the usual quandary for Bennett. Stay with Uncle Pat for less money, but more wins or leave for the opposite elsewhere.

Can't see Ackermann leaving "home" after just one poor (so far) season. Especially if Sagan is off to pastures new.

The Laporte one smells of agents trying to drum up a better contract offer from Cofidis. They want to build their team around him and Martin, or so they have said.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on April 24, 2021, 20:22
Denk mentioned the other day that they are not satisfied with Ackermann so far this year, and are unlikely to take him to the Tour. That could be a reason for him to leave, I guess?

It never made much sense to bring him and Sagan to begin with of course, but as far as I understood, they promised him last year already
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on May 05, 2021, 15:12
another strong youngster for #uae

#radnet Felix Groß --> #uae UAE-Team Emirates

Signed till 2024. He'll join the team as a stagaire after the Olympics already

http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/uae-team-emirates-sign-young-german-talent-felix-gros/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on May 05, 2021, 21:50
https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1386014473505419266

Can't see Ackermann leaving "home" after just one poor (so far) season. Especially if Sagan is off to pastures new.

The Laporte one smells of agents

Laporte can get another French team deal ok, there´s a never stopping merry-go-round for the riders slightly below top International level, it seems. Intermarche could also be part of it.

But Ackermann? #israel ?

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on May 07, 2021, 14:13
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1390623505381830658

Sosa -----------> #bora or #movistar ?

After the soap opera of his move from Androni, you can't say his time at the team has been a blazing success. On his day one of the best, but those days can be far between.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on May 07, 2021, 21:00
But Ackermann? #israel ?

I-SUN (like a lot of teams to be fair) are in need of a better sprinter. Unfortunately however they doled out 2-year contracts to Greipel and Barbier last year and the ones who are out of contract at the end of this season are the ones that you can make a case for keeping - Cimolai as a leadout and Hofstetter as more versatile/classics sprinter.

For me what is needed is a young TT-ing climber like Almeida, but he ain't going to join and I don't see many other alternatives available this year. They could be forced to take a sprinter instead and in a year when Sagan, Gaviria, Bennett, Viviani and Herr Ackermann are all available and rumoured to be moving then you might be able to pick up the German for a not so inflated salary.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on May 09, 2021, 19:14
It's the usual quandary for Bennett. Stay with Uncle Pat for less money, but more wins or leave for the opposite elsewhere.

Lefevre confirms that he is leaving. Bora is mentioned again as a possibility.

Also....

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1391290839209496576
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on May 13, 2021, 14:17
Ciro must be doing a Giro transfer tweet a day.

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1392119461386334214

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1392113325421568005

Aranburu's agent and Movistar must be on talking terms again.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on May 14, 2021, 07:05
The Laporte one smells of agents trying to drum up a better contract offer from Cofidis. They want to build their team around him and Martin, or so they have said.

according to today's Het Nieuwsblad, Laporte is in talks with #deceuninck.

And #jumbo wants to sign two "Teunissen-like" first class domestiques for van Aert. Listed in the article as out-of-contract names of potential interest are Stybar, Senechal, Kristoff, Colbrelli, Haller, Mohoric, Gogl, Claeys, Theuns. Keukeleire, Langeveld, Sütterlin and Riesebeeck
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on May 18, 2021, 22:49
Tobias Foss is on year two of  his first two-year contract with #jumbo  Jumbo-Visma. He hasn't really done much except two great opening stages and a few hopeful mountain stages in the Giro, on two consecutive years, as most of last year disappeared into the two holes of injuries after Andalucia fall (first race with the team if I am not wrong) and Covid-19 expelling the entire team from the Giro after one week last year.

The team recently announced that a contract  extension for two more years (2022, 2023 seasons) have been signed. Foss is a very patient guy prioritizing his long-term development over short-term results and the team seems to agree to this philosophy. If nothing else he will probably become an important team member both for mountain stages and  team time trials in the future. If everything goes according to Tobias' hopes he will be the best Norwegian GC rider in 50 years .... in a few year's time. Maybe that other sponsor of team (Norwegian-owned software company Visma) likes the idea.....  (so far they are not using their cycling sponsorship in Norwegian marketing, it seems to be specifically targeting the Be-ne-lux market. In Norway, they sponsor second-tier XC ski racing and that actually gets more attention in the news :fp )



Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on May 23, 2021, 23:24
The Sagan carrousel continues to turn ...

https://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_125071.htm (https://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_125071.htm)

Other than Sagan himself, you'll apparently also have to sign four more riders (Juraj, Erik Baška, Daniel Oss, and Maciej Bodnar) plus one DS, two mechanics, a physio, a soigneur, a press officer and ex-pro-turned-hospitality-manager Michael Kolar.

Combined cost of this 'package' is 5-8 million €.

#quickstep continue to be rumoured, but Lefevere has said he doesn't want a "team within the team".
#bora say they are still negotiating.
And somehow #movistar are now also in the picture - though how the Specialized-Sagan deal fits into that, I don't know. Movistar switching to Spesh (with Bora moving to Canyon instead)?

All we know is that we don't know anything yet.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on May 24, 2021, 07:24
#quickstep continue to be rumoured, but Lefevere has said he doesn't want a "team within the team".

I'm with Pat. Oss and Bodnar on 1 year contracts okay. A mechanic and a soigneur maybe. No more than that.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on May 28, 2021, 20:09
The Sagan carrousel continues to turn ...

#quickstep continue to be rumoured, but Lefevere has said he doesn't want a "team within the team".
#bora say they are still negotiating.
And somehow #movistar are now also in the picture - though how the Specialized-Sagan deal fits into that, I don't know. Movistar switching to Spesh (with Bora moving to Canyon instead)?

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1398162432619696132

Add #total and #israel to the equation.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on June 01, 2021, 13:21
Rumours:
#unox Jonas Iversby Hvideberg —> #dsm
#unox Markus Hoelgaard —> #trek

 there are no comments from any if the involved parties at this point in time, too early for that.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 01, 2021, 18:06
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1399692433059987458

Laporte -----------> #jumbo

There's one of the two new helpers for WVA in the classics.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 01, 2021, 18:25
https://twitter.com/EFprocycling/status/1399773368728133639

Bettiol won't be the second one.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 02, 2021, 18:57
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1400003479415005198

Viviani -----------> #eolo ?

https://twitter.com/bvdecape/status/1399979162480394240

Mullen -------> #bora

Let's just say that both him and Bennett are represented by Trinity Sports Management dot dot dot cause he surely ain't being signed for his recent TT results
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on June 03, 2021, 08:42
Viviani -----------> #eolo ?

I guess this is enoug of a confirmation?! ;)

https://twitter.com/ivanbasso/status/1399977137944334337

According to today's Het Nieuwsblad #jumbo Antwan Tolhoek will leave the team. IWG and Trek are interested
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 03, 2021, 23:20
Viviani -----------> #eolo ?
Italian team needs Italian star rider, Viviani hasn't been overly successful at Cofidis. Makes sense for both parties.

Next step for #eolo is to find a top-notch lead-out man ... :P
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 07, 2021, 18:42
https://twitter.com/SudOuest_Sport/status/1401918104091963392

Coquard + Nizzolo ----------> #cofidis ?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 08, 2021, 09:15
Coquard + Nizzolo ----------> #cofidis ?
Both of them?! One or the other I can understand, but wouldn't this create a Cav vs. Greipel situation?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2021, 09:02
Going by their respective results over the past couple of seasons[1], I don't see a problem for Cofidis in allocating who gets what races. Nizzolo gets his choice of races and Coquard has the leftovers + SSFRs. Now maybe a change of scenery will result in a improvement for the Frenchman, but they can cross that bridge if it happens and as they say, it will be a nice problem to have.

One does wonder though about Coquard's thinking. Surely now he won't get to ride the Tour. Wasn't that one of the reasons he turned down Deceuninck a few years back. Maybe he has seen the writing on the wall for B&B going forward? Who knows.
 1. Looking even further back, Coquard has never won at WT level
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 10, 2021, 09:10
One does wonder though about Coquard's thinking. Surely now he won't get to ride the Tour. Wasn't that one of the reasons he turned down Deceuninck a few years back. Maybe he has seen the writing on the wall for B&B going forward? Who knows.
Yes, that's my main concern - a French sprinter will always want to do the Tour. And Nizzolo is above him in the pecking order at the moment.

Though, with a French team, you never know. Maybe they'll give Nizzolo Giro & Vuelta (and I think he could also do alright in some spring classics), and Coquard the Tour?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on June 11, 2021, 07:38
Weakly founded rumours in Norwegian press that Aleksander Kristoff may be leaving #uae UAE and joining #unox Uno-x from 2022. Considering that #unox seem capable of raising half a world team for the same kind of money, I sort of doubt it - but if all the young classics riders (Last year Leknessund, this year Hoelgaard and Hvideberg leave #unox they may need a replacement, and an Kristoff´s attitude towards training and winning is considered valuable  for any team. Come 2023 (Uno-x in the world tour) these youngsters may come back?
Kristoff can still win major races even though he seems every day a bit more yesterday´s man compared to the developing #unox Uno-x crowd.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 11, 2021, 11:58
Weakly founded rumours in Norwegian press that Aleksander Kristoff may be leaving #uae UAE and joining #unox Uno-x from 2022. Considering that #unox seem capable of raising half a world team for the same kind of money, I sort of doubt it - but if all the young classics riders (Last year Leknessund, this year Hoelgaard and Hvideberg leave #unox they may need a replacement, and an Kristoff´s attitude towards training and winning is considered valuable  for any team. Come 2023 (Uno-x in the world tour) these youngsters may come back?
Kristoff can still win major races even though he seems every day a bit more yesterday´s man compared to the developing #unox Uno-x crowd.
Wouldn't that be pretty much the opposite of their #development slogan? Sure, Kristoff would be an excellent mentor, but does he fit in the team as a rider?
Of course, with the announcement of applying for a (men's) WT licence, the team set-up logically has to change a bit, and Kristoff as an elder statesman could fit in there - gradually moving into a DS role, perhaps?

And Kristoff is (still) a big household name, something that isn't irrelevant if they seek a Tour wildcard for the 2022 Danish Grand Départ.
Finally, if they do attract Kristoff, I expect they will also sign his wingman Bystrøm?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on June 11, 2021, 16:03
unconfirmed "strong rumors" from SRF's Tour de Suisse coverage:

#androni Simon Pellaud --> #trek Trek Segafredo
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 12, 2021, 19:15
https://twitter.com/Feltetdk/status/1403661593020354563

The rumours aren't so weak any more. Straight from the horse's mouth.

Quote from: Haugland
It is our duty to check if it is possible to get the best Norwegian rider in history on the team

.....but Hushovd retired several years ago. :P

I-SUN are also interested.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 17, 2021, 08:53
Add Intermarche into to the Kristoff mix.

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1405266004913967105

Could one of my connecting of dots come true! :o
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: AG on June 19, 2021, 12:45
Ineresting.  It is a tough ask for a team to come up with that kind of deal ... but he also possibly brings Specialised with him so might be worth it\
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 19, 2021, 20:25
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/ciclomercato/ciclomercato-2022-aru-bystrom-fortunato-hellemose-hindley-nibali-nizzolo-sagan-vlasov/

Various rumours:


Vlasov + Hindley --------> #bora ?

Aru --------> #bardiani ?

Nibali --------> #astana ?

Nizzolo --------> ???

Fortunato ---------> nowhere?

Bystrom --------> #ineos ?

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 22, 2021, 07:24
https://twitter.com/Alex4778/status/1407195482930266112

DVP -------> #bora ?

Bit of a strange one.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 22, 2021, 11:16
https://twitter.com/Alex4778/status/1407195482930266112

DVP -------> #bora ?

Bit of a strange one.
It is a strange one - but if they get Bennett back, it would make sense to strengthen the leadout.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on June 22, 2021, 19:40
If they get Bennett back, it would make sense to strengthen the leadout.

Yeah, but what's that got to do with DVP? :P
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on June 22, 2021, 23:06
Apparently Wanty has found some replacement already at least

#lotto Gerben Thijssen
#lotto Kobe Goossens
--> #iwg Intermarché-Wanty Gobert

Both seem like a fairly good fit - not really WT level maybe, but that's the case for half of the team anyway.

https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/kobe-goossens-en-gerben-thijssen-ruilen-lotto-soudal-voor-intermarche-wanty-gobert/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on June 22, 2021, 23:38
.....but Hushovd retired several years ago. :P

I consider this a provocation of the third degree  :angry

SO Hushovd has a couple of TdF stages and no de Ronde vin. And a nice rainbow jersey.
Kristoff has 2 monuments including de Ronde, and a few TdF stage wins as well.
In the world championship he is so close to matching Thor that I almost consider it a draw, until Flanders this fall.  :D

I think there are only 3 items left on Kristoff's personal to-do list: the rainbow jersey, Paris-Roubaix and then the RvV one more time. It could also be the RvV one more time, the RvV one more time and then the RvV one more time again as that is his race.

Howver, back to the real world going-ons: Kristoff was injured at the *no national championship after finding that lone bottle released by some other rider with his front wheel. I don't think he is very injured and if the team wanted him to start TdF he would probably do it. The catch is they never told him he was off the team and they never told him why. That sounds very much like leaving #uae and sheik ben redikk for now.

Next destination: pure speculation but #unox has been mentioned. However, to add more pure speculation, if Bennett leaves Quickstep..... and the RvV one more time. Quickstep has a tradition for taking in older riders with a strong track record and make them perform good for a year or two. Think Mørkøv and this year, Cavendish, previously, Gilbert, etc. They also appreciate the best classics riders, and they need more than one good sprinter.

Other possible taker could be #israel Israel start up nation - they are desperately looking for another Froome, but more seriously they have the money to match him with for example Ackerman. With Kristoff for the leadout (?)

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 23, 2021, 14:13
Kristoff speculation
All very nice speculation, but apparently his destination is #iwg:
https://twitter.com/Fredagsvik/status/1407643552641916935
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 23, 2021, 20:31
Another Norwegian has allegedly had an offer from #iwg - but he opted to stay with #unox for two more years:
https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1407782859906158598
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22e
Post by: t-72 on June 23, 2021, 22:35
All very nice speculation, but apparently his destination is #iwg:

So his remaining to-do list is de Ronde, de Ronde, and de Ronde then. He is a true adopted Flandrien. Definetly a good match for the team that lacks someone in the hevyweight class.

I wonder if the team can give him the support needed though, but all-in-all, it could have ended worse.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22e
Post by: LukasCPH on June 23, 2021, 22:46
I wonder if the team can give him the support needed though, but all-in-all, it could have ended worse.
Last year, they bought the WT licence too late to add much weight, but they'll improve on their squad for 2022. They have to if they want to keep that WT licence.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on June 29, 2021, 15:18
https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/jumbo-visma-raakt-toptalent-finn-fisher-black-kwijt-aan-uae-emirates/ (https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/jumbo-visma-raakt-toptalent-finn-fisher-black-kwijt-aan-uae-emirates/)

Finn Fisher-Black #jvd --> #uae (unconfirmed)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on July 01, 2021, 08:43
In today's Ouest France, #bbhotels Jerome Pineau basically confirms Coquard & Pacher leaving at the end of the season. But "the team will continue to grow. Next year's team will in no way be worse than now. We will focus more on stage races. And not only with French riders - talent has no nationality. And of course, we'll sign a new sprinter as well."
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 04, 2021, 08:48
Rumour round-up:

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1410845121990512640

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1411319664752353285

https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1411310360427122690

Bennett + Hodeg + Soler --------> #uae ?

Not the best signings on paper. Certainly the form of the first two is not stellar.

Leaving UAE could be De La Cruz. Movistar is rumoured. More grist to the mill that they and Acquadro have kissed and made up. I wonder if it was the agent who has been the instigator in this rapprochement. Astana's future is rocky, so rebuilding bridges with the biggest Spanish team would seem a necessity.

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 05, 2021, 15:36
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/89202/deux-neo-pros-et-trois-stagiaires-pour-ag2r-citroen-team

VPP, as he will henceforth be known, and Lapeira ----------> #ag2r

Lapeira will also be a stagiaire along with Delphis and Retailleau.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 05, 2021, 15:39
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/89200/arnaud-de-lie-rejoint-le-worldtour

De Lie --------> #lotto

Not too surprising.

---------------------

Already known that he could be leaving. This is the first rumour of a destination.

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1412042547925553152

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 06, 2021, 08:52
https://twitter.com/tuttobiciweb_it/status/1412299470759464961

Riabushenko --------> #astana ?

Cimolai + Viviani ----------> #deceuninck ?

Nizzolo ---------> Renewal or #total or #iwg ?

Cofidis no longer an option for the Italian it appears.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 07, 2021, 09:19
Also, Sagan & co. (including Specialized etc.) --> #total seems to be as good as confirmed by now:
https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sagan-a-signature-away-from-joining-totalenergies-reports-suggest/ (https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sagan-a-signature-away-from-joining-totalenergies-reports-suggest/)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 12, 2021, 19:01
https://twitter.com/TrekSegafredo/status/1414501587947597824

Some young'uns for Trek.

https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1414573934771585028

Der John --------> #dsm ?

Cimolai --------> #cofidis ?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on July 13, 2021, 06:53
from today's Het Nieuwsblad:

#bingoal Laurens Huys --> #iwg Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux

quite a good signing for Hilaire
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on July 14, 2021, 08:30
more from #iwg Hilaire in yesterday's Het Nieuwsblad:

"We have to strengthen our team with climbers. I would like to get Tiesj Benoot. If he becomes available, I'll make an offer right away. Kristoff is coming. He will replace Van Poppel, who, like Koch, we lost to BORA - hansgrohe.”

-> (tbc) #iwg Jonas Koch --> #bora BORA - hansgrohe
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 14, 2021, 19:54
https://twitter.com/WielerFlitsBE/status/1415326515655491584

https://twitter.com/WielerFlitsBE/status/1415285067014971396

Oldani -----> #alpecin ?

Tosh ---------> #jumbo ?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 15, 2021, 11:57
https://www.wielerflits.be/nieuws/wielertransfers-2022-bardiani-csf-faizane-baloise-trek-lions/ (https://www.wielerflits.be/nieuws/wielertransfers-2022-bardiani-csf-faizane-baloise-trek-lions/)

Luca Colnaghi #colpack --> #bardiani
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 20, 2021, 10:21
It's getting close to 1 August ...

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/trek-segafredo-expecting-vincenzo-nibali-to-join-astana-premier-tech/ (https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/trek-segafredo-expecting-vincenzo-nibali-to-join-astana-premier-tech/)
Rumour:
Nibali #trek --> #astana?

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/chaves-to-join-ef-nippo-as-higuita-and-hindley-set-for-bora-hansgrohe/ (https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/chaves-to-join-ef-nippo-as-higuita-and-hindley-set-for-bora-hansgrohe/)
More certain, but of course unconfirmed yet:
Higuita #ef --> #bora
Hindley #dsm --> #bora
Chaves #bikeexchange --> #ef
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on July 20, 2021, 12:42
The great Lotto Soudal exodus of 2021 eh?

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 22, 2021, 17:34
It's officially official:
Finn Fisher-Black #jvd --> #uae (with immediate effect)

https://twitter.com/TeamEmiratesUAE/status/1417774368868999170

His first #uae race will be the Ordiziako Klasika on Sunday
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 23, 2021, 07:00
https://www.wielerflits.be/nieuws/louis-vervaeke-ruilt-alpecin-fenix-voor-deceuninck-quick-step/ (https://www.wielerflits.be/nieuws/louis-vervaeke-ruilt-alpecin-fenix-voor-deceuninck-quick-step/)

Louis Vervaeke #alpecin --> #deceuninck (unconfirmed)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 27, 2021, 22:07
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/89750/simon-guglielmi-j-attends-qu-on-me-tende-la-main (https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/89750/simon-guglielmi-j-attends-qu-on-me-tende-la-main)

Simon Guglielmi learned early in July that he wouldn't be offered a new contract at #groupama, is now searching for a new team.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 28, 2021, 16:23
https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202107pm-konrad-schelling-fabbro/argonnews202107pm-konrad-schelling-fabbro/561204952 (https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202107pm-konrad-schelling-fabbro/argonnews202107pm-konrad-schelling-fabbro/561204952)

Three riders re-sign with #bora for another two years:
*at Patrick Konrad
*it Matteo Fabbro
*nl Ide Schelling
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 29, 2021, 10:22
Meanwhile, two other riders are now officially confirmed as leaving:
bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202107pm-sagan-ackermann/argonnews202107pm-sagan-ackermann/561524079 (http://bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202107pm-sagan-ackermann/argonnews202107pm-sagan-ackermann/561524079)

*de Pascal Ackermann #bora --> ???
*sk Peter Sagan #bora --> ???

I presume that Sagan's entourage will follow him, allegedly to #total. Ackermann is rumoured to #uae.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 29, 2021, 18:22
When I heard SEG were shutting shop, I had a quick look at their roster to see who would be available. The name of Strong jumped out and I thought that's the sort of signing I'd like I-SUN to make, but you know the chances of them doing something sensible like that are slim at the best of times. However....

https://twitter.com/ollieman56/status/1420670931387797505

:fanfare

---------------------------------

Staying with I-SUN, CN are reporting that Cousin Dan hasn't been offered an extension yet. That'd be a shame tbh. Places are tight though for next year and if they could get a replacement of similar pedigree with better descending/TT skills then it might be a bitter pill worth swallowing.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 29, 2021, 18:38
Staying with I-SUN, CN are reporting that Cousin Dan hasn't been offered an extension yet. That'd be a shame tbh. Places are tight though for next year and if they could get a replacement of similar pedigree with better descending/TT skills then it might be a bitter pill worth swallowing.
Cousin Dan is a winner-type rider, though. He doesn't win much, but when he does, he wins big.

Letting him go would be a bad idea in my opinion. But as you say:
you know the chances of them doing something sensible like that are slim at the best of times.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 30, 2021, 10:23
More #bora re-signings:
https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202107meeus/argonnews202107meeus/561773609 (https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202107meeus/argonnews202107meeus/561773609)

*nl Jordi Meeus until 2024
*at Patrick Gamper until 2022
*ee Martin Laas until 2022


#ineos sign *au Luke Plapp from 2022, he'll start as a stagiaire from August:
https://www.ineosgrenadiers.com/article/australian-talent-luke-plapp-signs-with-ineos-grenadiers (https://www.ineosgrenadiers.com/article/australian-talent-luke-plapp-signs-with-ineos-grenadiers)

I just hope he scores at most 120 CQ points as a stagiaire in order to stay eligible for the Emerging Riders Game! :D


And another re-signing:
http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/pogacar-signs-new-deal-uae-team-emirates/ (http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/pogacar-signs-new-deal-uae-team-emirates/)

*si Tadej Pogačar stays with #uae until ... 2027! :o
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on July 30, 2021, 20:56

I just hope he scores at most 120 CQ points as a stagiaire in order to stay eligible for the Emerging Riders Game! :D

I'm glad I'm not the only one who started a shortlist in February.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2021, 09:05
https://twitter.com/Fredagsvik/status/1421085515286253571

Eg will improve their climbing dept, but they're not signings to set pulses racing.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on July 31, 2021, 18:10
https://twitter.com/Fredagsvik/status/1421085515286253571

Eg will improve their climbing dept, but they're not signings to set pulses racing.
Oy! Lasse Norman will be a double Olympic champion[1]!
Yes, Gregaard hasn't exactly set the world alight so far, but he's been pigeonholed as a domestique at Astana. Making a step back to make a step forward could work out well.


I'm glad I'm not the only one who started a shortlist in February.
I didn't exactly start a shortlist - I just thought after his January month "I hope nobody signs him for the 2021 season and makes him ineligible for 2022."
 1. I hope
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 01, 2021, 09:16
https://www.ag2rcitroenteam.com/en/clement-berthet-sengage-avec-ag2r-citroen-team-a-partir-du-1er-aout/ (https://www.ag2rcitroenteam.com/en/clement-berthet-sengage-avec-ag2r-citroen-team-a-partir-du-1er-aout/)

Clément Berthet #delko --> #ag2r
Effective immediately, contract until 2024.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on August 01, 2021, 11:43
If the UCI site is to be believed, then Delko now only have 19 registered riders. Not allowed shirley for a Euro pro-team?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 01, 2021, 14:47
If the UCI site is to be believed, then Delko now only have 19 registered riders. Not allowed shirley for a Euro pro-team?
Good point!

No, that's not allowed. But since Delko is falling apart bit by bit (e.g. only racing in France), the team likely won't care. If the UCI hands them a fine for it, can they even pay it?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 03, 2021, 11:24
Bennett returns (https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202108bennett/argonnews202108bennett/564054185) - and gets an all-new sprint train:
Sam Bennett #deceuninck --> #bora
Danny van Poppel #iwg --> #bora
Shane Archbold #deceuninck --> #bora
Ryan Mullen #trek --> #bora
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 03, 2021, 18:38
More transfers:
https://teamtotalenergies.com/peter-sagan-rejoint-lequipe-totalenergies/ (https://teamtotalenergies.com/peter-sagan-rejoint-lequipe-totalenergies/)

Peter Sagan #bora --> #total
Daniel Oss #bora --> #total
Maciej Bodnar #bora --> #total

Specialized and Sportful also join #total, though Specialized will apparently continue supplying #bora (and #deceuninck).


In Norway:
*no Stian Fredheim: Glåmdal SK Junior --> #dare Uno-X Dare
*dk Carl-Frederik Bevort: ABC Junior --> #dare Uno-X Dare
*dk Marcus Sander Hansen #bornholm --> #dare Uno-X Dare (--> #unox Uno-X Pro Team for 2023-2024)


Also, two long-term re-signings:
Caleb Ewan stays with #lotto until 2024.
And Tadej Pogacar stays with #uae until ... 2027! :o
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 04, 2021, 09:44
https://www.cycling-info.sk/9480-saganovci-budu-pokracovat-vo-francuzskom-totalenergies (https://www.cycling-info.sk/9480-saganovci-budu-pokracovat-vo-francuzskom-totalenergies)

I had been wondering ... but Juraj joins his brother in France, after all:
Juraj Sagan #bora --> #total
Maroš Hlad (soigneur) #bora --> #total
Ján Valach (DS) #bora --> #total
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 04, 2021, 12:22
And where some go, others come in:
Jai Hindley #dsm --> #bora
Sergio Higuita #ef --> #bora
Marco Haller #bahrain --> #bora
All three sign contracts until 2024.

https://twitter.com/BORAhansgrohe/status/1422845054725545984
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on August 05, 2021, 17:08
There are some strong rumors now that  #unox Markus Hoelgaard is leaving the Uno-x team and will ride for #trek Trek-Segafredo next year. He is a strong rider in the classics but less of a sprinter than your average *no WT-export. On the other hand, he can handle more hills than the previous generations.

Source: *no double monument winner
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 06, 2021, 07:02
There are some strong rumors now that  #unox Markus Hoelgaard is leaving the Uno-x team and will ride for #trek Trek-Segafredo next year.
Interesting.
The team manager just tweeted this: "We cannot provide a WT program yet, and he deserves every opportunity to follow his boy's dream." That sounds like he will be off to a bigger team indeed.
https://twitter.com/Sykkelsjefen/status/1423517969397780480

Now, on one hand, #unox has always been about developing riders, and they won't be stopping their riders if they get a WT offer.
On the other hand, the team has announced that they want to become a WT team for 2023 themselves. - and for that you need a.o. WT-level riders.

Will they simply 'buy back' Leknessund, Foss, Hoelgaard etc. by offering them a contract again when their current deals run out (but that's only at the end of 2022 for Leknessund and Foss)? You can't build a WT application on Ådne Holter, Lasse Norman Hansen, and Niklas Eg alone.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 06, 2021, 07:21
Speaking of Niklas Eg:
Niklas Eg #trek --> #unox

https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1423526839860043777
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on August 06, 2021, 08:03
Interesting.
The team manager just tweeted this: "We cannot provide a WT program yet, and he deserves every opportunity to follow his boy's dream." That sounds like he will be off to a bigger team indeed.
https://twitter.com/Sykkelsjefen/status/1423517969397780480

Now, on one hand, #unox has always been about developing riders, and they won't be stopping their riders if they get a WT offer.
On the other hand, the team has announced that they want to become a WT team for 2023 themselves. - and for that you need a.o. WT-level riders.

Will they simply 'buy back' Leknessund, Foss, Hoelgaard etc. by offering them a contract again when their current deals run out (but that's only at the end of 2022 for Leknessund and Foss)? You can't build a WT application on Ådne Holter, Lasse Norman Hansen, and Niklas Eg alone.

Markus Hoelgaard isn´t a thoroughbred #unox Uno-X product. He is a few years older than Foss and Leknessund and he was a quite good rider already when he left #joker Team Joker (with which team he scored, for example, a 2nd GC in the Arctic Race, behind
Sergey Chernietsky, two years ago already.
Hoelgaard isn´t the typical young, developing, up-and-coming rider anymore, that was 2 years ago. Now he is 26, and it has been partly hidden behind a cloud of COVID and makeshift race participation schedules how good he is.

As Markus Hoelgaard comes from the Stavanger area, comparisons with Aleksander Kristoff´s development seem justified. Kristoff was the late bloomer compared to EBH (same age). However, at 26, Kristoff was winning monuments. First step in that direction is to get to the start line, and with the number and quality of riders in the Pro Team level currently, Hoelgaard cannot count on getting to the start line in the races he would like to race for #unox Uno-X. Guaranteed team participation also offers the benefit of making it easier to plan the preparations and peak for the right races. The wild-card system at Pro Team level in this COVID day and age seems to require an «always prepared» approach which will negatively effect the top form.

For Markus Hoelgaard, the time is now, he must go, and it will be very interesting to see how far he can make it. One thing for sure the #trek Trek-Segafredo classics departement will be super strong next year. It could actually be challenging to make the team selection for the desired list of races - that is the weak link in the plan. Hoelgaard is best in a protected role, and that requires some prioritization in the team. With Uno-x he has performed excellently in high-level races but less succesful in races at lower level and that has partly been attributed to the more chaotic and less organized nature of the racing at lower level.

As for myself, I am looking forward to seeing him in Flanders this fall with the same jersey as Aleksander Kristoff  :P
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 06, 2021, 16:27
If the UCI site is to be believed, then Delko now only have 19 registered riders. Not allowed shirley for a Euro pro-team?
Delko falling further apart:
https://intermarche-wantygobert.eu/news/girmayhailu (https://intermarche-wantygobert.eu/news/girmayhailu)
Biniam Girmay Hailu (who was de-registered with #delko at the end of May already) is now onboard with #iwg.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 06, 2021, 16:30
Markus Hoelgaard isn´t a thoroughbred #unox Uno-X product.
He isn't - but even so, or arguably even more so, he's the kind of rider you'll want to keep (or reattract) if you want to get a WorldTour licence.

Their women's team will get one of those for 2022, I am sure of that - but the men's team for 2023? I am much less certain that will work out.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on August 07, 2021, 12:09
I agree with you on that, except I don´t think re-attract will work for most of their good riders. You will probably most often  see a rider that is a captain with uno-x leave for a domestique role with a larger team and that means they will score a lot less points in the year or years when they are not with Uno-x. They cannot expect to get back the same number of ranking points that they send away.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 09, 2021, 12:32
#ag2r François Bidard --> #cofidis Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

https://actu.fr/normandie/lonlay-l-abbaye_61232/transfert-le-normand-francois-bidard-rejoint-guillaume-martin-chez-cofidis_43916639.html

not sure if this is part of the pre-announced enforcement of Guillaume Martin's mountain train already :shh
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 09, 2021, 14:42
BORA-hansgrohe are spending the money they no longer have to pay Sagan & co. on yet another GC rider:
https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202108vlasov/argonnews202108vlasov/565327124 (https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en/news/argonnews202108vlasov/argonnews202108vlasov/565327124)

Aleksandr Vlasov #astana --> #bora


Hodeg follows Gaviria with a three-year delay:
http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/hodeg-signs-uae-team-emirates/ (http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/hodeg-signs-uae-team-emirates/)

Alejandro Hodeg #deceuninck --> #uae


And #trek re-sign five classics riders:
https://racing.trekbikes.com/stories/trek-segafredo-men/five-renewals-boost-trek-segafredo-classics-team
Theuns, Kirsch, Simmons, and Liepins all get two-year contracts, Kamp one year.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2021, 19:15
https://twitter.com/CharlesMarsault/status/1424705011511091201

There's unlikely to be a Giro wildcard waiting for Eddy, but I can see this transfer being a good move for both parties.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 09, 2021, 20:24
:chaves Esteban Chaves #bikeexchange --> #ef is confirmed:
https://www.efprocycling.com/esteban-chaves-joins-team/ (https://www.efprocycling.com/esteban-chaves-joins-team/)

And another Danish rider from coloQuick crosses the Skagerrak:
William Blume Levy #coloquick --> #unox
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 10, 2021, 08:01
a bit surprisingly. Zoncolan winner Lorenzo Fortunato stays with #eolo Eolo for another two years at least

(https://bici-pro.translate.goog/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/img_dkfl2.jpg?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=de&_x_tr_pto=ajax,elem)

"After my victories, many teams became interested in signing me, including some from the World Tour. They made me good offers, but my idea was to stay with Eolo Kometa from the start, and we came to a to a satisfactory agreement. It was them who made me grow as a rider, I won because of the team, and for me it was important to stay where I am."

https://bici.pro/news/professionisti/fortunato-mentalita-grande-entusiasmo-ragazzino/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 10, 2021, 21:26
a bit surprisingly. Zoncolan winner Lorenzo Fortunato stays with #eolo Eolo for another two years at least
Surprising indeed - but the team is rumoured to have a new, bigger sponsor coming in. That will have helped.


Also, the Emiratis have signed yet another rider:
http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/george-bennett-set-join-uae-team-emirates/ (http://www.uaeteamemirates.com/george-bennett-set-join-uae-team-emirates/)

George Bennett #jumbo --> #uae
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on August 10, 2021, 21:57
Surprising indeed - but the team is rumoured to have a new, bigger sponsor coming in. That will have helped.

For what it is worth, that is one ambitious pro-conti team that keeps riders with ranking points in their team for the next year.

As we have seen there are other teams that let them go, time will show what works better in the longer term. Clearly different strategies, at least.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 10, 2021, 22:14
As we have seen there are other teams that let them go, time will show what works better in the longer term. Clearly different strategies, at least.
Speaking of which, we now have confirmation that four riders are leaving Uno-X (almost certainly to the WorldTour):
https://www.unoxteam.no/post/mercato (https://www.unoxteam.no/post/mercato)

Markus Hoelgaard #unox --> #unknown (rumoured to #trek)
Jonas Iversby Hvideberg #unox --> #unknown
Frederik Rodenberg #unox --> #unknown
Julius Johansen #unox --> #unknown
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 11, 2021, 12:32
#vorarlberg Alexis Guerin has a contract with Vorarlberg for another year, but could move up if there's an option to. Currently his agent is in talks with several teams (among others #uae UAE, according to Cyclismactu's sources)

https://www.cyclismactu.net/news-itw-alexis-gu-rin-uae-avec-tadej-pogacar-ce-serait-le-r-ve-socialnetwork-104539.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR24j9xklrKf0q9RCsNbvIGo7thUPnaBkC9ApOndtAKOsLfYBA-Amxm-72c

that's probably more the rider Cofidis should try to get on board...
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 11, 2021, 22:22
Julius Johansen #unox --> #unknown
https://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/cykling/dansk-ol-rytter-beloennet-klar-til-world-tour/8767226 (https://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/cykling/dansk-ol-rytter-beloennet-klar-til-world-tour/8767226)

Julius Johansen #unox --> #iwg???
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2021, 18:20
https://twitter.com/TeamCOFIDIS/status/1426167765778542594

https://twitter.com/IntermarcheWG/status/1426181841053175818

Some confirmations.

 #bbhotels picked up Barbier Jr as a not quite direct replacement for Coquard.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 13, 2021, 23:12
another interesting one, meaning Lotto loses one more of their better riders

https://twitter.com/AlpecinFenix/status/1425871481746116613

#lotto Stefano Oldani --> #alpecin Alpecin Fenix

can't really see much room for him on Alpecin's squad, but well...who knows. Maybe they'll find some more .1 races they want to score points at.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 16, 2021, 13:26
https://zonacycling.com/alla-drone-hopper-arriva-anche-grosu/ (https://zonacycling.com/alla-drone-hopper-arriva-anche-grosu/)

It's official:
Edi Grosu #delko --> #androni

EDIT: Press release on the team website:
https://teamandronisidermec.com/alla-drone-hopper-arriva-anche-grosu/ (https://teamandronisidermec.com/alla-drone-hopper-arriva-anche-grosu/)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 17, 2021, 07:27
So, looks like Cimo got the leadout-role he was hoping for :betting

#israel Davide Cimolai --> #cofidis Cofidis

https://www.equipecofidis.com/fr/actualites/2021-08-16/saison-2022-2023-davide-cimolai-un-coureur-d-experience-chez-cofidis

Simone Consonni will stay with the team, and move from Viviani's train to Coquard's, together with Cimolai. The other Italians are not mentioned, so I guess they (both Viviani brothers + Sabatini) will all leave
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 17, 2021, 08:24
The other big sponsor, KMG will earn more money with the current oil price compared with the last few years, and may have deeper pockets now. In theory, that means more ability to invest in projects like cycling teams etc. However, a state oil company´s income is one thing, how much they get to keep is another thing. They also fund the glorious republic of Khazakstan in general, Oliver Stone films and a few other projects as deemed necessary by the great leader and president of the nation.

seems like it's not looking too bad for Astana indeed. Some rumoured transfers from today (Gazzetta & Cycling Podcast):

#trek Vincenzo Nibali
#ineos Gianni Moscon
#uae Valerio Conti
#uae Joe Dombrowski
--> #astana Astana ?!?

Nibali's 2nd option apparently is #bikeexchange Greenedge
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 17, 2021, 10:25
Jonas Iversby Hvideberg #unox --> #unknown
Frederik Rodenberg #unox --> #unknown
Those two have been announced:
https://www.team-dsm.com/welcome-jonas-frederik/ (https://www.team-dsm.com/welcome-jonas-frederik/)

Jonas Iversby Hvideberg #unox --> #dsm
Frederik Rodenberg #unox --> #dsm
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 17, 2021, 14:23
quite an intersting interview with #uae Mauro Gianetti

https://bici.pro/news/professionisti/uae-sempre-squadrone-caro-gianetti-succede/

he says the budget of the team is still not as high as Jumbo's or Ineos', riders mainly sign with them for the structures and opportunities they offer. Hodeg will basically take Richeze's place, who is likely to retire at the end of the season. Together with Groß he can be part of Ackermann's leadout train, but also support Trentin on the cobbles.

The program of the new climbers on the roster is not yet determined yet. George Bennett is likely to get a role in Pogacar's support team, and may also bring in some secrets from #jumbo about training, nutrition and so on.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on August 17, 2021, 20:37
Those two have been announced:
https://www.team-dsm.com/welcome-jonas-frederik/ (https://www.team-dsm.com/welcome-jonas-frederik/)

Jonas Iversby Hvideberg #unox --> #dsm
Frederik Rodenberg #unox --> #dsm

I am struggling with the "like" for this report after seeing how much Andreas Leknessund's development has slowed down after the transfer to DSM. However, it is unlikley Jonas would follow if Andreas didn't have an ok time after all. They know each other so well[1], it wouldn't be a secret if one of them wasn't content with their work situation.

On the positive side, looking forward to seeing the quarantine collective strike again! Arrival of a good friend as a teammate can often help to turn things around.



 1. last year their shared corona-quarantine appartment won the #champeu U23 Euro championship,  both ITT (Andreas) and the road race (Jonas)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on August 17, 2021, 20:53
I am struggling with the "like" for this report after seeing how much Andreas Leknessund's development has slowed down after the transfer to DSM. However, it is unlikley Jonas would follow if Andreas didn't have an ok time after all. They know each other so well[1], it wouldn't be a secret if one of them wasn't content with their work situation.

On the positive side, looking forward to seeing the quarantine collective strike again! Arrival of a good friend as a teammate can often help to turn things around.
 1. last year their shared corona-quarantine appartment won the #champeu U23 Euro championship,  both ITT (Andreas) and the road race (Jonas)

Second thing I struggle with, if all the most talented riders from uno-x go to the established WT team that already resembles them the most, they will be competing for all the same places in the WT peloton  (because  similar teams have to do that) with weaker riders. Uno-X like to talk about the next step but in this case I struggle to see that they really have a strategy to move up the ladder. Theoretically it could work if DSM starts performing at Quickstep level, but....
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on August 17, 2021, 22:00
I am struggling with the "like" for this report after seeing how much Andreas Leknessund's development has slowed down after the transfer to DSM. However, it is unlikley Jonas would follow if Andreas didn't have an ok time after all. They know each other so well[1], it wouldn't be a secret if one of them wasn't content with their work situation.
 1. last year their shared corona-quarantine appartment won the #champeu U23 Euro championship,  both ITT (Andreas) and the road race (Jonas)
I hear you.
But as you say, if Leknessund was unhappy, he would tell his mate about it.

And maybe the #dsm niche is for a young rider to 'stagnate' there results-wise, but develop as a rider, then sign the next contract elsewhere and get the big results ... or get a big result at DSM already, get big-money offers, and run. :P
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 21, 2021, 09:58
quite an intersting interview with #uae Mauro Gianetti

[...] Hodeg will basically take Richeze's place, who is likely to retire at the end of the season.

Richeze will leave #uae UAE indeed, but doesn't plan to retire yet. He is looking for a job as final leadout man elsewhere

https://bici.pro/news/professionisti/richeze-bivio-lascia-gaviria-continua-correre/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 24, 2021, 08:04
according to team boss Hilaire van der Schueren, #iwg Wanty is "looking for French riders, because of sponsor Intermarché". First rumour:

(tbc) #total Adrien Petit --> #iwg Intermarché-Wanty Gobert

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20210823_96661795

meanwhile, #cofidis Laporte and #lotto Tosh were confirmed to join #jumbo

https://www.teamjumbovisma.com/news/news/team-jumbo-visma-welcomes-laporte-and-van-der-sande/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on August 26, 2021, 20:11
https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1430882904888938502

I'd be very surprised if buying Androni/Bardiani rejects leads to much success.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on August 27, 2021, 13:00
this comes unexpected. Although it makes kinda sense, with Irizar as a DS

#cajarural Jon Aberasturi --> #trek Trek-Segafredo

https://racing.trekbikes.com/stories/trek-segafredo-men/jon-signs

Meanwhile Magnus Sheffield has left #rally Rally, as of last week

https://www.instagram.com/p/CTDThpAFc7X/

Going by the amount of #ineos Ineos riders and sponsors he recently has followed, that's probably where he'll end up instead.

During yesterday's Deutschland Tour coverage, Ludewig also confirmed that Ben Tulett "in all likelihood" will leave #alpecin Alpecin. Same direction, I guess?!
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on August 30, 2021, 19:56
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1432398073288962061

Bax ----------> #qhubeka ? :cool

Has had some good results this year.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 01, 2021, 20:19
https://twitter.com/BritishConti/status/1432982427669082113

Shaw ---------> WT
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 02, 2021, 17:40
https://twitter.com/bentulett01/status/1433359409548234752

https://twitter.com/JumboVismaRoad/status/1432985459374833668

Some more confirmations.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on September 03, 2021, 22:05
When you notice that #jumbo lineup:
Wonder if any of the grand tours will feature a TTT in the coming years……
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: t-72 on September 03, 2021, 22:10
OK, I stumbled in here just to share some news on a contract. I think it is called an «upgrade» from a standard 2-year neoprodeal  to a 3-year deal. However, this one probably wasn´t one of the «free upgrade» stuff you see in advertising.

(Notice the @mention in this tweet  :-x )

https://twitter.com/unoxteam/status/1433471574900891649

I think that is the Unox response to young talents leaving the team early? These are the ones they are going to keep!

EDIT: for this that don´t know their faces, this is the Tour de L´Avenir winner Tobias Halland Johannesen and his twin brother Anders + the unox cycling boss. The boss is in the middle, , the two others, I don´t have a clue   :D
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 07, 2021, 19:50
https://twitter.com/tuttobiciweb_it/status/1435283145239109635

Lopez back to Astana?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 10, 2021, 11:54
https://twitter.com/ladevita12/status/1436249013943209985

Houle ----------> Wherever Premier tech end up

Qhubeka was the rumour, but there is a WT team with Canadian links and riders already.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 10, 2021, 13:24
Houle ----------> Wherever Premier tech end up
No surprise at all, that.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 10, 2021, 13:35
yeah, Argon 18 would be another option, if they plan to supply a WT team again - but maybe they will end up at the same team anyway
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 10, 2021, 15:50
yeah, Argon 18 would be another option, if they plan to supply a WT team again - but maybe they will end up at the same team anyway
With Froome now a part-owner and board member of Factor Bikes, #israel won't change bike suppliers for the foreseeable future.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 10, 2021, 15:56
With Froome now a part-owner and board member of Factor Bikes, #israel won't change bike suppliers for the foreseeable future.

yeah, they are confirmed for 2022 already at least. But is #israel really an option? I'd think Qhubeka (or even Deceuninck) is more likely.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 10, 2021, 17:06
Mystery solved?

https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1436353983728295939

Fuglsang + Houle + Premier Tech ----------> #bikeexchange ?

Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 13, 2021, 18:34
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1437431005502115846

*deep breath*

Van den Berg + Healy + Shaw + Quinn + Steinhauser + Kudus + Delettre -------> #ef ?

The last two are more at the rumour level, while the others are done deals according to Wielerflits.

Those seven are of course in addition to the already announced Chaves and Eiking.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 13, 2021, 18:44
https://twitter.com/HBAxeon/status/1437402235441487874

Didn't realize he was from Dungannon. Norn Iron hasn't exactly had too many top level cyclists. Hutch, Houvenaghel, Downey and errr Connor McConvey is about all I know in recent years.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 14, 2021, 07:58
Norn Iron hasn't exactly had too many top level cyclists. Hutch, Houvenaghel, Downey and errr Connor McConvey is about all I know in recent years.
Plus Phil Deignan from Donegal - which isn't in the Six Counties, but nevertheless more northerly than most of Norn Iron, and absolutely part of the province of Ulster.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 21, 2021, 09:11
Mihkel Räim #mazowsze --> #burgos

https://twitter.com/BurgosBH/status/1440225342992437248
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 21, 2021, 09:38
Hmmmm well yesssss.

Not the team I would have gone for, but they must have been the only suitors that made themselves known, and after last year Mihkel probably wanted something sorted sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 22, 2021, 12:28
and here's another somewhat strange decision

https://twitter.com/velofacts/status/1440627937959579651
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 22, 2021, 14:34
this will make Florry happy, I guess

#arkea Diego Rosa --> #eolo Eolo Kometa

http://eolokometacyclingteam.com/en/diego-rosa-first-incoming-of-eolo-kometa-cycling-team-2022/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on September 24, 2021, 08:58
https://twitter.com/TeamCOFIDIS/status/1441296882702094336

Ion -------------> #cofidis

Good signing for them. If he could repeat his performances of this year, 900+ UCI points could be very important for the team in 2022.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 24, 2021, 12:00
and here's another somewhat strange decision
I guess there were more petrodollars to get in France than in Norway ... ;)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 24, 2021, 12:27
I guess there were more petrodollars to get in France than in Norway ... ;)

probably, yeah. Would be kinda surprising if Total decided to still invest a lot of money here, though, after a completely anonymous first season, and with Sagan getting on board to win the same races EBH was supposed to shine in.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on September 24, 2021, 12:30
probably, yeah. Would be kinda surprising if Total decided to still invest a lot of money here, though, after a completely anonymous first season, and with Sagan getting on board to win the same races EBH was supposed to shine in.
Your point makes sense, but who said that this new cycling sponsor acts rationally? :S
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 27, 2021, 18:21
#bora Michael Schwarzmann --> #lotto Lotto Soudal

https://www.lottosoudal.be/en/news/detail/4747/michael-schwarzmann-signs-two-year-contract-at-lotto-soudal

"When I got the offer to join the interesting Lotto Soudal project, I didn’t even need one minute to think about it." I can certainly believe that :D

After Rüdiger Selig, he is the 2nd rider who moves over from Bora's to Lotto's leadout train
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on September 28, 2021, 12:52
https://twitter.com/HBAxeon/status/1437402235441487874

Didn't realize he was from Dungannon. Norn Iron hasn't exactly had too many top level cyclists. Hutch, Houvenaghel, Downey and errr Connor McConvey is about all I know in recent years.

Martyn Irvine and Dave McCann are relatively recent.

And the McQuaid clan have their origins in Tyrone.

And Ronan McLaughlin is from even farther north in Donegal than Deignan, and right on the border.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on September 29, 2021, 08:05
another somewhat odd signing, but from the press release is sounds like Guillaume Martin had a word with #cofidis to get his former #wanty team mate on board

#iwg Wesley Kreder --> #cofidis Cofidis

https://www.equipecofidis.com/fr/actualites/2021-09-28/saisons-2022-2023-wesley-kreder-un-equipier-exemplaire-chez-cofidis
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 01, 2021, 19:57
https://twitter.com/bingoalpauwels/status/1443842348920811522

Lauk -----------> #bingoal

I thought his time had gone. Astana, Arkea and Groupama all showed interest down the years, but that never materialized into a concrete offer. He's struck lucky with Bingoal.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on October 07, 2021, 13:15
Celano and Ficara will stay with #sapura Team Sapura Cycling for 2022.

https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2021/10/07/1633512883/intervista-danilo-celano-pierpaolo-ficara-pandemia

This year they only did a single race (Tour of Turkey), but everyone was paid as normal, and for 2022 the team plans to come to Europe for a couple of months, even if quarantine restrictions stay in place.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on October 07, 2021, 13:18
#qhubeka Dimitri Claeys
#total Adrien Petit

--> #iwg Intermarché Wanty Gobert

https://intermarche-wantygobert.eu/news/claeyspetit/

Claeys looked strong in the early classics this year, and Petit is always a strong contender for a "hot" Roubaix. Together with Kristoff, this looks like a very promising team for the spring.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 09, 2021, 08:50
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1446741232068308994

Vernon -----------> #deceuninck
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 15, 2021, 18:00
https://twitter.com/raulbanqueri/status/1449046774061096963

A little handy cheat sheet from Raul so you can see at a glance who's signed where for the WT and some of the PCTs.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 20, 2021, 20:47
https://twitter.com/TeamIsraelSUN/status/1450790595895693318
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on October 21, 2021, 08:00
#felbermayr Riccardo Zoidl --> #vorarlberg Team Vorarlberg

not the step up to pro level he hoped for, but it should result in a bit better calendar, I think. Could replace Guerin, if he really leaves for a higher level team - but I've read nothing since the first rumours.

https://www.team-vorarlberg.at/transfer-news-radprofi-riccardo-zoidl-wechselt-zum-team-vorarlberg-und-hat-grosses-vor/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on October 23, 2021, 20:33
This one is a bit of a surprise, at least to me:
https://twitter.com/l39ionla/status/1451640128548397057
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 24, 2021, 09:29
What was more of a surprise was him being a Deceuninck rider who didn't improve at his speciality (TT-ing in this case) and if anything got generally worse. There haven't been too many of them, at least not recently.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 25, 2021, 20:07
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1452610792604540933

Benoot ---------> ???

Rumoured a few months ago that he wasn't happy. The team doesn't seem to be digging it's heels in as it is with Van Wilder. Maybe cause Tiesj hasn't been as public about it all.

Intermarche were leaving a space open for a last potential signing it was reported the other day. Others will no doubt be interested too.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on October 27, 2021, 20:17
https://twitter.com/jauzy19/status/1453420740267679746

A pleasant surprise with Kukrle moving up a level.

That's three big shoes now(or six I should say) that Elkov will need to fill. Could the newly married Turek make a move there, or is he getting paid better at Felbermayr.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on October 28, 2021, 08:03
I missed the Schlegel -> #cajarural move. That's a funny one :). Kukrle also deserves a shot on PT level. Gazprom has been pretty crap over the past couple of years, but they still get into the big races at least.

Turek looks like an obvious candidate for Elkov indeed. Maybe #qhubeka Karel Vacek as well, if he struggles to find another team?! Also someone like Paluta could be very interesting, unless they plan to stay Czech only
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 01, 2021, 08:41
Turek looks like an obvious candidate for Elkov indeed. Maybe #qhubeka Karel Vacek as well, if he struggles to find another team?!

#qhubeka Vacek will step down to conti level indeed, but signed for #tirol Tirol KTM instead

https://ridewithpassion.tirol/news/welcome-karel/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on November 01, 2021, 19:39
https://twitter.com/NievesMoya/status/1455104417196281860

He's not bad.

https://firstcycling.com/rider.php?r=153109

Novo Nordisk might have got a nugget.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on November 01, 2021, 19:41
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1455203389223100427

Also joining INEOS will be Fraile, Heiduk and Ben Turner.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Mellow Velo on November 01, 2021, 22:00
 Ineos also announced a load of one-year contract extensions today: Thomas, Swift, Rivera, Narvaez, Castroviejo, Puccio and oddly, Wurf.

That's a chunk of the team confirmed today, without a new game changer in sight.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 04, 2021, 10:54
#mazowsze Pawel Bernas will leave Mazowsze at the end of the season

https://twitter.com/MazowszeCycling/status/1453444034815537159

Could be a rider of interest for Elkov as well (as they had a couple of Polish riders in the past), but a transfer to Voster or the new (German) Wibatech team is probably more likely
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Servais Knavendish on November 04, 2021, 17:14
Ineos also announced a load of one-year contract extensions today: Thomas, Swift, Rivera, Narvaez, Castroviejo, Puccio and oddly, Wurf.

That's a chunk of the team confirmed today, without a new game changer in sight.

Yes interesting - on one hand we are being told about a mini revolution and a new emergent Ineos; and then Viviani returns on a long deal; and Thomas gets an extra; but probably final year (albeit on much reduced terms).  A strange transfer season for the grenadiers - but surely the game changers are already locked and loaded - Hayter and Pidcock could ride for any team - no?
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on November 04, 2021, 18:33
#mazowsze Pawel Bernas will leave Mazowsze at the end of the season

Could be a rider of interest for Elkov as well (as they had a couple of Polish riders in the past), but a transfer to Voster or the new (German) Wibatech team is probably more likely

MTB is what I read this morning.

Mazowsze will find it difficult I think to retain their "Best CT in the World" title next year. They've announced this focus on youth with half the team being U23. That is sometimes just a dressed up excuse for a budget cut and kids don't usually equal points.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 04, 2021, 20:56
MTB is what I read this morning.

ah right, I thought that was only a post about his plans for the winter, but seems like he quit road cycling indeed

https://rowery.org/2021/11/03/pawel-bernas-porzucil-kolarstwo-szosowe/
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 09, 2021, 14:42
Modolo returns to Bardiani

#alpecin Sacha Modolo --> #bardiani Bardini CSF Faizane

https://www.bardianicsf.com/news/bardiani-csf-faizane-il-grande-ritorno-di-sacha-modolo-e-il-colpo-a-sorpresa-di-fine-mercato/

hopefully it'll work out a bit better for him than for Battaglin. Beppe Conti said #vinizabu Marezcko would be likely to get on board as well, but I guess that would make even less sense now.

Also #elkov Elkov has announced the first three riders to join the team:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FDqpZ50XEAEkquX?format=jpg&name=medium)

Babor did a pretty good sprint in the Tour of Romania this year. Maybe he can turn into a good replacement for Alois. But with only (if I understand this correctly) one more signing to be announced, the team will probably be quite a bit weaker

edit: There's also an article about it on idnes.cz (https://www.idnes.cz/sport/cyklistika/elkov-kasper-hradec-kralove-zmeny-v-tymu.A211108_635583_cyklistika_rou). According to that, Petr Kelemen has left the team as well (to join Swiss Racing Academy), and there'll be only one more new rider indeed.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 09, 2021, 16:06
So, looks like Cimo got the leadout-role he was hoping for :betting

#israel Davide Cimolai --> #cofidis Cofidis

https://www.equipecofidis.com/fr/actualites/2021-08-16/saison-2022-2023-davide-cimolai-un-coureur-d-experience-chez-cofidis

Simone Consonni will stay with the team, and move from Viviani's train to Coquard's, together with Cimolai. The other Italians are not mentioned, so I guess they (both Viviani brothers + Sabatini) will all leave

#cofidis DS Damiani now says, Consonni will get more leadership opportunities, even more than Coquard. "Simone has earned this on the road, by going fast, working for Viviani, and for his great ethics. Every time we told him to work for Viviani, he did his job for him."

About the late (somewhat surprise) inclusion of #movistar Davide Villella he says, "I spoke to his old Colpack DS Rossella di Leo,  and he said that with the same determination, he would be ever stronger than Masnada." On an Italian team, he would have way more results, and it was mainly due to the lack of opportunities he got abroad. They had the choice of either picking Cataldo or Villella, and went for him then.

https://bici.pro/news/professionisti/villella-cimolai-cofidis-damiani-scelta/

#movistar Cataldo ended up an #trek Trek instead then

https://racing.trekbikes.com/stories/trek-segafredo-men/welcome-dario-cataldo
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 10, 2021, 13:16
:cheer :cheer

https://twitter.com/jonas_creteur/status/1458415091737563143
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: Leadbelly on November 10, 2021, 20:15
It would be a rather unlikely signing. A good day here, a good race there and the rest nothing to write home about isn't your typical Sky/INEOS rider. Ellingworth must see something (and have vouched for him!) even if his most standout results occurred after he left the team.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 11, 2021, 10:18
yeah, also not sure how much truth is in it. Both PCS and CQ have them listed with 31 riders for 2022 already at least, meaning the team is "full".

But of course, maybe they could have a word with Wurf, for example (if he really has a contract for 2022 at all - couldn't find any confirmation)
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 14, 2021, 10:07
Turek confirmed to stay with #felbermayr

https://www.facebook.com/TeamFelbermayrSimplonWels/posts/4289963634464425
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 19, 2021, 12:36
#rally

https://rallycycling.com/news/chad-haga-comes-home/

[...]

Just lacking a real climber or two I feel. Surprised they didn't make a move for Hoehn.

Especially as #wildlife Hoehn somehow ended up at some Spanish club team instead now :S

https://twitter.com/GsportTeam/status/1461634920992980999
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 19, 2021, 16:15
this is an interesting transfer. He has surely done enough to justify a step-up to PT level (again) over the years, but usually there are reasons when someone gets ignored this blatantly

#amore Marco Tizza --> #bingoal Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB

Should normally be a great fit, though, Tizza is amazing in those hilly one day races

https://www.wbca.be/litalien-marco-tizza-rejoint-bingoal-pauwels-sauces-wb/

The team statement implicates that bike sponsor de Rosa (new on board since the beginning of 2021) was aiming for a bigger Italian calendar in 2022, and therefor also interested in getting an Italian rider on board
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: LukasCPH on November 24, 2021, 08:22
Especially as #wildlife Hoehn somehow ended up at some Spanish club team instead now :S

https://twitter.com/GsportTeam/status/1461634920992980999
When I read that, I thought "did he confuse the team because of the Drone Hopper sponsorship, thinking he signed for Savio?" :lol
But he says something in the quote about the Spanish amateur calendar, so apparently not. Or he just decided to roll with it once he found out this was some amateur team ... :shh

I will say that the Spanish amateur circuit is a good place to develop and get noticed by pro teams, though. Unlike the Italian, French, or Belgian racing scenes, the Spanish one is mainly populated by Spaniards, the odd Latin American, and a few young journeymen from other countries, but if you can make your mark there, it's a good line on your resumé.
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 24, 2021, 08:38
there's a longer statement from him on his Instagram

"Couldn’t find a great picture for this so I just chose one that captures how excited I am for my next chapter in life. I very recently just signed with a Spanish development team. They work directly under the Drone Hopper Pro conti team and I have made the decision to ride for them next year. It will be a great opportunity to make the next jump and my ultimate goal, the World Tour. I will be living in Valencia all year next year. Thank you @gsport_cyclingteam for taking me in and giving me the chance to show myself over in Spain where some of the biggest talent comes from. I have been working hard to move up this fall and I finally got the opportunity. It’s time to show them what American muscle can do💪🏼Thanks to all who have been with me and supported me along my career. It is now just beginning "

Someone on Twitter said that there is no connection at all between the two teams, though, and that even in the Spanish amateur scene it's not exactly one of the good ones.

But well, he seems to be excited. Let's hope it works out, and doesn't turn out to be a big misunderstanding. Personally I'd think it'll be difficult
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 24, 2021, 08:47
#vorarlberg Filippo Fortin --> #maloja Maloja Pushbikers

Here we go, our first rider announcement for 2022: "It is the feeling of success that motivates me". He loves competition and the test of strength. That's how we already got to know him at Red Hook Criteriums. He brings his experience from the World Tour and a lot of Italian "passione", and we are happy to introduce him as Team Leader. A warm welcome to the Pushbikers, Filippo !

4th team in 4 years for Fortin. A bit of a surprise, as he usually tends to deliver some good results
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 25, 2021, 10:03
according to some guys on Twitter:

(tbc) #eolo Luca Wackermann --> #amore Amore e Vita

His career has been a big up and down so far, but still a bit odd that he just doesn't seem to be able to find his place somewhere in the Italian PT scene at least. 4th team in 4 years for him as well.

meanwhile, #bikeexchange Mikel Nieve is rumoured to join #cajarural Caja Rural

https://www.cyclismactu.net/news-route-direction-equipe-caja-rural-seguros-rga-pour-mikel-nieve-socialnetwork-107635.html
Title: Re: Mens' Transfers and Rumours 2021-22
Post by: search on November 30, 2021, 14:16
according to some guys on Twitter:

(tbc) #eolo Luca Wackermann --> #amore Amore e Vita

Wackermann himself says this isn't true. He hasn't talked to the team at all

https://twitter.com/LucaWackermann/status/1465652644349947904