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Teams & Riders The Great Big Cycling Transfers, Extensions, and Rumours Thread

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I would have expected Artyom Zakharov, who barely rides 25-30 race days throughout the year, but it seems it will be Nurbergen Nurlykhassym who gets demoted to Conti.

Are they allowed to do that? This year was his first on the WT, and I would assume the "Neo-Pro contracts has to be at least two years" rule includes teams not being allowed to demote riders to their conti team after a year.

Edit: Well; they already presented their conti team for next year, without any demotions.

I have a question about when Laurance could potentially be promoted to the WT next year; has there been a new rule? Valgren seems to think he can only be promoted back up to the WT after August 1st, but last year Kooij got promoted to the WT in February.
 
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Are they allowed to do that? This year was his first on the WT, and I would assume the "Neo-Pro contracts has to be at least two years" rule includes teams not being allowed to demote riders to their conti team after a year.

If it's on common grounds or the rider wants to take a step back because he feels his development was ushered, maybe the UCI can't do anything against it.

I'm sure if the opportunity arises, Nurbergen will feel that he took a step too far in getting into the WT so soon and that he needs to take a step back to continue his development, as the experienced Vinokourov reasonably told him in the letter he received in the past days.
 
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If it's on common grounds or the rider wants to take a step back because he feels his development was ushered, maybe the UCI can't do anything against it.

I'm sure if the opportunity arises, Nurbergen will feel that he took a step too far in getting into the WT so soon and that he needs to take a step back to continue his development, as the experienced Vinokourov reasonably told him in the letter he received in the past days.

As already mentioned; it's a moot point anyway:

Astana Qazaqstan Development Team presents its 2023 roster - Astana - Qazaqstan
 
When did something "being a bit weird" ever stop a cycling team?

True... and there might be a case of UCI not (yet) having approved of a potential demotion. However, why not then just wait with presenting the team?

Also, I'm a little confused as to why Nurbergen Nurlykhassym would be classified as someone who stepped up too soon. Sure, he doesn't have any super results, but nor did he barely race, or has a bunch of DNFs, or both.
 
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As Riccó said, we will probably read a report in a couple of days that explains how Nurbergen Nurlykhassym conveniently felt how he had rushed stepping up to WT, and the wonders a year at the Conti squad will make to his development before returning to the Top Team in 2024.

We could also read that Zakharov/Natarov has suddenly felt a change of heart and decided to focus on new personal ambitions and step down to Conti to better handle both his cycling and personal aspirations.
 
I think the less attention they get around any demotions, the happier they are. So it makes perfect sense to present the team without any sacrificial lamb on it and then quietly add another rider later.

I just feel like this would create more of a stir. If they'd just waited, then the demoted rider would just be a name among many.

Also, what is the link between Cavendish and Bol? Is it just because they were both rumoured to B&B? Bol and Sinkeldam had had a "Let's win races together!" plan, but then of course everything fell apart, and Sinkeldam went to Alpecin (who might have to do a little demotion themselves).