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

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There is only one Alaphilippe replacement!

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(Unfortunately, he's contracted for next year.)

Yes, it's very unfortunate that he has to stay at that croppy team, but it's his own fault for signing the contract.
 
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Well, they're overpaying Lafay massively. I don't expect there other contracts to be great neither.
when Lafay signed, it was menetioned that the Ag2R deal is somewhere in the 1 million per year range, and that he actually had better offers from other teams. It's still a lot for a rider not racing, of course, but I wouldn't think it makes that much of a difference.

Sure, in general, they may have been a bit too lavish when spending those additional 3 million drom Decathlon deal (+money freed by GvA's retirement), but I guess the main problem is that all riders are somewhat overperforming now and consequently looking for more money (or already are earning more than expected, if their contracts include bonuses).
 
when Lafay signed, it was menetioned that the Ag2R deal is somewhere in the 1 million per year range, and that he actually had better offers from other teams. It's still a lot for a rider not racing, of course, but I wouldn't think it makes that much of a difference.

Sure, in general, they may have been a bit too lavish when spending those additional 3 million drom Decathlon deal (+money freed by GvA's retirement), but I guess the main problem is that all riders are somewhat overperforming now and consequently looking for more money (or already are earning more than expected, if their contracts include bonuses).
Yeah, you're paying 1 million a year for a dude who wins at best 2 races each year and with a huge stroke of luck won a TdF-stage.
I mean, I'm not surprised, they did the same with Bakelants and that turned out great.
 
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Yeah, you're paying 1 million a year for a dude who wins at best 2 races each year and with a huge stroke of luck won a TdF-stage.
I mean, I'm not surprised, they did the same with Bakelants and that turned out great.

If he had been able to race, then the bike boost might have given more than two wins this year, to be fair.
 
If he had been able to race, then the bike boost might have given more than two wins this year, to be fair.

I've never seen such a jump in performance save for maybe Bahrain in 2021, when they went from 9 to 30 wins. Partly could be the bikes but just as likely the mental and material boost from Decathlon. They were really underperforming as Citroen, I think, so that's part of it.
 
I've never seen such a jump in performance save for maybe Bahrain in 2021, when they went from 9 to 30 wins. Partly could be the bikes but just as likely the mental and material boost from Decathlon. They were really underperforming as Citroen, I think, so that's part of it.

In Lafay's case, he was riding on Look bikes last year, and while they probably weren't the fastest around, they didn't exactly look like BMC's sack of rocks with cheese wheels attached to them either, so perhaps his improvement wouldn't have been as noticeable.
 

Is that not a fairly blunt admission that he has broken the rules about contract talks with a rider from another team before August 1?

What sanctions are there on that?

Surely, talks are allowed, it's the public announcements that aren't allowed.
Talks are definitely happening, considering how frequent transfers are made public on August 1.

And newspapers write about rumours all the time.
 
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Yates rumoured to go to Tudor, ISN or Visma-Lease a Bike


Be very interested to see if he can improve his level there like Adam did at UAE, though the mans not getting any younger.
I also wonder, I always see Jayco as a fun team to ride for, but perhaps the more ' professional' environment of a big team would be better for him.
I recall an interview with Simon last year where he was asked why he had not signed for another team, and he said no one had ever made him an offer.