Teams & Riders The Great Big Transfers and Rumours Thread

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The only question is if she's legit going to lead the project as a chance to ride for herself one final time rather than being crowded out at SD Worx, or if it's another Guarnier-to-TIBCO signing, which was basically about listing her as an active rider to retain the points she had earned with Boels for the UCI's race entry qualification rankings, and the equivalent of Pavel Datsyuk's NHL career ending as a member of the Arizona Coyotes, because he'd retired from the NHL and returned to Russia, so Detroit traded away his contract to a team trying to make the cap floor and knowing full well that Datsyuk would never suit up for them.
Under the current system, Ash's points from SDW won't count for them, so I doubt that's the reason. But with her cycling hotel to take care of, it's of course a possibility that she won't be riding a full race calendar next year.
 
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Quite the debate on the UAE signings. At some point, they need to use their money to throw a boat load of cash at Van der poel. Of course his contract is through 2025 so good luck getting them to let him go before than.

The reality is Van Aert is a game changer. A rider who can do everything and is willing to be a domestique? Give me a break. Yes, Van Baarle would be a great signing. But yeah, you'd need 3 riders to do what one Van Aert can do, unless of course you sign his friend Van der Poel...

Well, not Van der Poel yet...
 
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DSM is building a young talented team for the post-Wiebes future. Having already signed Anna van der Meijden, the wonderfully named Nienke Vinke and last season's revelation Daniek Hengeveld, they've now also added track and road rider Maeve Plouffe, Eleonora Ciabocco and Eglantine Rayer, aka the next Laurent Fignon.
Developing and creating opportunities for younger riders is what they are good at.

No facts , but there seem to be continuing rumours on WF forums and comments about further senior riders leaving. Kirchmann and Mackaij are two current names being suggested.
 
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DSM is building a young talented team for the post-Wiebes future. Having already signed Anna van der Meijden, the wonderfully named Nienke Vinke and last season's revelation Daniek Hengeveld, they've now also added track and road rider Maeve Plouffe, Eleonora Ciabocco and Eglantine Rayer, aka the next Laurent Fignon.
Eglantine Ryler is the type of rider we need to enter the women's peleton - I see her as a potential GT winner - I am interested in how the team uses Aussie Maeve Plouffe - She's a fast finisher but probably not fast enough at the pointy end of WT races. Floortje Mackaij will be a great asset for her new team.
 
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Cameron Scott is an interesting signing - He comes from the Aussie CT ACA Pro Cycling Sunshine which is run by EX BEX Director Matthew Wilson - Had some results in .2 races in Europe this year, although I have my doubts if he is WT level.
 
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When they get the stars of Valcar, that shouldn't become too much of an issue. And there are a few WWT teams that might be in a lot more trouble when points begin to matter.
I,m sure you are right and Persico will be great signing.

Perhaps naively, I thought the UAE involvement would mean a drive to become one of the top teams.
 

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