If the merger between QS and JV goes through as rumoured, I will be very disappointed if EF doesn't pick up someone decent to bolster their sprinting/northern classics squad. But I actually expect that they won't.
That's the ideal scenario but in the past they rarely signed any significant riders from the teams that were folding that year so I believe it when I see it.
Markel Beloki confirmed.
I can't tell in general but I can make a quick analysis about EF from PCS.IDK
What is the normal number of neo pros to sign in one year?
It looks like they only have 4 spots left with some riders they will likely resign. I suspect that if an opportunity fell into their lap, they might be able to convince one of the new signings to start on the development team and then switch to a stagiaire, or upgrade as Valgren did this year.Or maybe they're hoping a sponsor or two will be up for grabs after the merger.
Every rider looks capable of winning, but not necessarily Il Lombardia. I think only Carapaz can realistically win Il Lombardia, maybe Healy is a very loong shot but I don't quite believe Lombardia is the race that plays into his strenghts as well as some of the other races on the calendar. Uran and Chaves... it's not 2016 anymore.every rider looks capable of winning
If that's true, then maybe Vaughters indeed was holding some salary budget in reserve in case Quick-Step riders were free to find a new team. As it did not happen, the reserve was spent on Rui Costa. It would make sense because Vaughters rarely hires near retirement riders with big names otherwise.Rui Costa to EF?
|Nr.||Rider||Current team||Age||Points this season||Career points|
|1||AMADOR Andrey||EF Education-EasyPost||37||90||2868|
|2||KUDUS Merhawi||EF Education-EasyPost||29||87||2195|
|3||EIKING Odd Christian||EF Education-EasyPost||28||149||2019|
|4||DOULL Owain||EF Education-EasyPost||30||214||1379|
|5||WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz||EF Education-EasyPost||31||46||954|
|6||CAICEDO Jonathan Klever||EF Education-EasyPost||30||137||852|
|7||SHAW James||EF Education-EasyPost||27||171||698|
|8||SCULLY Tom||EF Education-EasyPost||33||51||558|
|9||VAN DEN BERG Julius||EF Education-EasyPost||26||80||474|
|10||QUINN Sean||EF Education-EasyPost||23||155||369|
|11||CAMARGO Diego Andrés||EF Education-EasyPost||25||100||194|
Costa had a bit of a resurgence this year and I was surprised that Intermarché didn't keep him. But I think your analysis is correct regarding QS.If that's true, then maybe Vaughters indeed was holding some salary budget in reserve in case Quick-Step riders were free to find a new team. As it did not happen, the reserve was spent on Rui Costa. It would make sense because Vaughters rarely hires near retirement riders with big names otherwise.
Surprised Shaw has not been offered a contract for next year yet. Having listened to Vaughters, during Eurosport tour coverage, praise himself for recognising the talent of Shaw and signing him, and then saying what a good season he was having.Per PCS the list of EF riders not signed with anyone for 2024
Nr. Rider Current team Age Points this season Career points 1 AMADOR Andrey EF Education-EasyPost 37 90 2868 2 KUDUS Merhawi EF Education-EasyPost 29 87 2195 3 EIKING Odd Christian EF Education-EasyPost 28 149 2019 4 DOULL Owain EF Education-EasyPost 30 214 1379 5 WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz EF Education-EasyPost 31 46 954 6 CAICEDO Jonathan Klever EF Education-EasyPost 30 137 852 7 SHAW James EF Education-EasyPost 27 171 698 8 SCULLY Tom EF Education-EasyPost 33 51 558 9 VAN DEN BERG Julius EF Education-EasyPost 26 80 474 10 QUINN Sean EF Education-EasyPost 23 155 369 11 CAMARGO Diego Andrés EF Education-EasyPost 25 100 194
I know I'm biased in favor of American riders because I'm asking myself how can they not sign Sean Quinn? But his stats are not very good this season despite 68 race days.