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Connect the Dots - Transfer Predictions 2022/23
« on: May 21, 2022, 20:11 »
The 'Transfers and Rumors' thread very much is full of news from other sources. This is a more speculative version of the same thread, asking "who should go where?"

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

This PCS page is quite a useful starting point to see who might be on the move, but it should be taken with a pinch of salt as contract lengths are not always known.

Some possible topics to discuss? Arkea and Alpecin moving up to WT. Surely they'll need to bulk up their squads a bit. Going in the other direction will anyone want to cherry pick riders from Lotto or IPT?
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    Let's start with Alpecin and this timely interview with one of the Roodhoofts.

    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1528073947228655616

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    What is the type of rider on your wish list?

    “We especially want to strengthen our core for the classics. We don't currently have any real classification riders on our long list, but there are also guys on our list who allow us to participate in areas where we don't participate at all. I'm talking about guys who can go uphill, but aren't GC riders. Who can score in Liège-Bastogne-Liège or in Lombardy. Or even in a mountain stage in a Grand Tour.”

    I think that with Merlier heading to Quickstep that another sprinter would be needed too.

    Classics - Eekhoff, SKA, Vermeersch

    Stage Hunter/Hilly Classics - This is a bit more difficult. Teuns and Wellens jump out, but would no doubt cost a bit. SKA could cover this area as well.

    Sprinter - Dekker from Jumbo? Must have been injured/crashed or something the past couple of years as his race days are limited. Fair turn of pace and as young wouldn't mind heading to the Giro/Vuelta.
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    https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1527882405276594179

    Well, it's behind the paywall[1], so I can't tell you who is given as options, but once you eliminate the teams who don't really go in for sprints and the ones who already have a big name for the TdF then the realistic options are very limited I think.

    #israel If they get relegated and miss out on the two automatic wildcards as well, then this could be a way to almost guarantee an invite to the Tour in 2023 at least.

    #lotto Ditto as above, but only if Ewan moves on. Wellens switiching teams and Gilbert retiring would free up a fair bit of salary.

    It's a bit of a struggle to think of anywhere realistic after that. Cofidis? Leave the SSRs to Coquard. Arkea? Already a little bit of a British enclave there but what about Bouhanni. DSM? Doesn't really fit in with their ethos. Back to Bahrain? Dunno if Colbrelli is retiring or not.
     1. Maybe Fus can enlighten us with just the names
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    He didn't really tell us much that "secret agent man". :playlist



    But yeah if Ewan is on the market, surely Cavendish will then only be second choice and thus have his options limited. Retirement might be the best option rather than going to a team which can't really back him adequately.
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