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

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They have the likes of Pidcock, Sheffield, Hayter and Turner. Very good riders. Seems to me that there is still a strong core of the team.
Certainly strong riders but hard to see any of those four as GC contenders at high-level week-long races in the near term, let alone at a Grand Tour. I agree the one-day squad seems well stocked. Arensman is the one GC candidate I see from the young riders pile - unless Egan can make a full recovery. I'm a Pidcock fan, but he seems to have other priorities. Fine if the squad is ok not fighting for the podium in stage races, but that seems unlikely.
 
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Re: Lamperti to QS - if it comes to fruition, clear sign that they are letting some of their existing sprinters go. Jakobsen, Vernon and Ballerini (if we can even consider him as a sprinter anymore) are all in the final year of their contract, leaving only Merlier. With the team's focus switching more to GCs, it would not surprise me to see Jakobsen go without a new big-name sprinter being signed, and then the other sprinters should be either Vernon + Lamperti or another new signing + Lamperti as I cannot imagine Lamperti will be the only non-Merlier sprinter on the team.
 
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Not to long ago I was claimed to be UAE or have some insider there also and forum member got all aggressive to a point with me cause a few things I posted (without naming a source or article) were correct. Ie: Yates to UAE being one of them. Doesn't seem sometimes sharing is a good thing.

Well, just accept that people might not believe you 100% if you don't include sources.

Leo Bisiaux to AG2R Continental. On the eye nothing spectacular, but knowing Madiot stole Gregoire from under their noses, a pleasant signing for Lavenu.

Who knows? In a few years Bisiaux might go to the FDJ WorldTeam, and one of the FDJ conti guys might go to the Ag2R WorldTeam.
 
I'm surprised. He must have been promised to ride a GT next year, otherwise it makes zero sense for him.
I think in the end it was maybe still the best option for both parties. Jumbo needs a young Dutch star, Olav needs a good team (not one of the French teams who were rumoured to be interested). And of course he'll ride a GT next year, he's more than ready and if they still won't take him it would be ridiculous.
 
Ineos could be paring back budgetwise. I know the pot of money seems unlimited but in reality it's not a Gulf State sovereign wealth fund. I also don't know what their GC future program looks like -- Carapaz didn't last; Arensmann seems very, very good, but still unproven; Tao is yet to repeat his Giro performance (injury, yes but still...), Thomas is aging, Bernal injured, Pidcock not committed to GC yet...so where do they look? I was certain C-Rod was their guy but he's likely to MS as noted...just goes to show how hard it is to land and keep a real GC threat.
 
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Zubeldia joins Euskaltel! :D


Unrelated to Haimar, I'm afraid (he only has a daughter, afaik), but who cares
 
I think in the end it was maybe still the best option for both parties. Jumbo needs a young Dutch star, Olav needs a good team (not one of the French teams who were rumoured to be interested). And of course he'll ride a GT next year, he's more than ready and if they still won't take him it would be ridiculous.
I don't think it's at all certain that Kooij rides a GT for the rest of his contract with Jumbo but then if he doesn't ride one until 2026 with a new team he'd still be just 25 years old. I don't see it as a big deal. The only GT that really matters for sprinters is the Tour anyway. More important that he gets opportunities in the big 1-day races which I assume he will.
 
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Zubeldia joins Euskaltel! :D


Unrelated to Haimar, I'm afraid (he only has a daughter, afaik), but who cares
Yeah, I don't think he's related to Haimar and Joseba, but it's still nice to see the name back on the team. He's had some decent results on the domestic scene, including a few wins, but I'm not sure how talented he is.
 
I don't think it's at all certain that Kooij rides a GT for the rest of his contract with Jumbo but then if he doesn't ride one until 2026 with a new team he'd still be just 25 years old. I don't see it as a big deal. The only GT that really matters for sprinters is the Tour anyway. More important that he gets opportunities in the big 1-day races which I assume he will.
It says in the press release that he'll ride a GT next year. I'm guessing the Giro. Roglic will want to do the Tour again, as will Vingegaard, leaving freedom to go for stage wins in the Giro.
 
I‘ll think (and there were already some News About it in some online newsmagazines) Bora will throw the Money at Jakobsen.
Yeah that could be happening now although Kooij is the better prospect in my mind. But there are a lot of sprint options still there besides Jakobsen & Bora has the more valuable thing (a leadout) in place.

I think you have a better value to money trade off with Welsford. I don't think Ackermann is a target as he also moved away from pure sprinting and had the fallout with the Bora team. Mayrhofer and Walscheid would be to german options out of contract but they are not winning you GT sprints. So I think jakobsen is likely but maybe better to go for Welsford and use the rest of the Bennett money elsewhere. I think matt Walls experiment with WT racing will also come to a close so they could sign one of the german guys as secondary sprint option for smaller races.

With Healy of the market there are not that many targets there as well for a big upgrade on the classics/ mountain domestique front. Theres not a lot of Top 100 riders or big talents to sign. I see Tulett, Schmid and Vernon left as interesting targets. But we shouldn't forget that there are strong indications that they already signed Adria as a nice piece for one day races. If the colonel is an insider and they loose also Politt and Konrad they need some serious enforcements as there already weak spring racing squad looses there best performers of this year.
 
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