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Bas Tietema (known from Youtube series Tour de Tietema and this year as rider for Bingoal) is starting his own CT team: TDT Unibet Cycling Team.
Hugo Haak will be the Sports Director. Haak is former head coach of the Dutch track sprinters.

Dutch article: https://www.indeleiderstrui.nl/wielrennen/tour-de-tietema-richt-samen-met-unibet-continentale-ploeg-op-ambitie-om-tour-te-rijden-op-termijn

English article: https://www.velonews.com/news/road/youtube-star-starts-new-continental-team-in-2023-with-eyes-on-growth/
Been a while since Unibet were a sponsor, fell foul of Fench advertising laws at the time around betting and not allowed to race in France I recall.
 
Corratec already has 15 riders on their books.

Staying (3)
Amella
Gandin
Stojnic

Confirmed -and certain but unofficial- signings (6)
Valerio Conti
Dalla Valle
A.Viviani
A.Konychev
Tivani
Quarterman (Former Trek rider)

Reported but not 100% certain (3)
Berhane
Josip Rumac
Wout Van Elzakker (pay-to-ride)

They were set to poach Androni riders, some of the more appealling names are:
Bais
Chirico
Ravanelli
Restrepo
Tagliani
 
follow up on B&B hotels :
interviw with Pascal Chanteur president of the french riders organsiation,

riders of B&B have contacted the french riders association because they 're worried about their future, although they received their new BMC bikes, training camps are programmed etc the team is not registered yet, they have till Nov 22nd...things seems to advance at a very slow pace or not at all

there seems to have been a meeting on Nov 10th but haven't seen anything about it yet
 
Corratec already has 15 riders on their books.

Staying (3)
Amella
Gandin
Stojnic

Confirmed -and certain but unofficial- signings (6)
Valerio Conti
Dalla Valle
A.Viviani
A.Konychev
Tivani
Quarterman (Former Trek rider)

Reported but not 100% certain (3)
Berhane
Josip Rumac
Wout Van Elzakker (pay-to-ride)

They were set to poach Androni riders, some of the more appealling names are:
Bais
Chirico
Ravanelli
Restrepo
Tagliani
https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/wout-van-elzakker-23-hangt-fiets-aan-de-wilgen/?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter Van Elzakker retires due to a narrowed femoral artery
 
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In slightly similar vein I’d hoped for more from Omar El Gouzi this season.
Speaking of Italian-Moroccan riders, the biggest mystery in recent history is Tajeddine Boutabaa. As a first year junior rider he won the Firenze - Fiesole uphill ITT with a new race record (9:27, Tiberi rode it in 8:39 2 years later, but that time it was only 4.5kms instead of 5.5, a big difference in such a short uphill TT). He finished 21sec ahead of the one year older Andrea Innocenti, who had won the gc in Lunigiana and Valromey juniors that year (before testing positive and getting banned for 4 years one year later as a first year u23 rider) and 31sec ahead of Karel Vacek, who is the same age as him. Now people might now that Vacek was a monster uphill in the junior ranks and to obliterate him in an uphill itt while being the same age was a big deal.



The next year he only did a few junior races, got 2 second places and apparently stopped racing, there's zero information about what happened with him/why he stopped. He didn't even win a ton before the junior ranks, all I could find was 2 wins in 2016, a 3rd place the same year and a 2nd place in 2014, apparently he had no results or didn't race in 2014. That also doesn't look like a guy who was training like a pro from a very young age just to burn out quick.
 
Going by this interview with Frassi, they will also sign (although not named) Nicolas Dalla Valle


There isn't any other Giotti rider who fits the description, at least.
You were right, Dalla Valle just got confirmed alongside Attilio Viviani and Alessandro Iacchi.

Iacchi actually surprised me with his 9th place on the g in the Tour of Britain this year. Yes, the race was shortened, but until then he rode a solid race. If we go by that he deserves a sport on a PCT team.
 
Kamil malecki from Lotto to german conti team Santic-Wibatech
 
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Nicolas German Tivani to Corratec has been confirmed, they also signed van Empel (former Vini Zabu rider) and Carlos Samudio from Panama. The later is probably bringing his own sponsor with him, cause frankly Franklin Archibold would be a much better rider from Panama and Christofer Robin Jurado would also be a better pick. Both of those guys have clearly better results and already some experience when it comes to racing in Europe.
 
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B&B team is in danger, Pineau has till the end of November to find a cosponsor to maintain, the mens team, a womens team and an academy...

the actual budget doesn't permit the team to continue "on the wished level"

he's waiting for answers from potential sponsors which have to give their reply for 21st, 28nd, 29th of November

he says he has 18 riders under contract - PCS gives 21 riders : https://www.procyclingstats.com/team/b-b-hotels-ktm-2023/overview/

Pineau says the riders are informed of the situation - which seems not reaaly be the cas when you read the interview with Mozzato recently

edit : if no extra sponsor if found the team can't continue on pro-level , unofficially Pineau is looking for 10 million Euro on a budget of 15 in total...
 
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How Pineau would expect a sponsor to join in a multi million deal while at the same time saying that they would need to share the spotlight with the city of Paris (which would be a co-naming sponsor) who wouldn't be paying a dime is beyond my understanding.

Is like asking Carrefour or Amazon.fr or whatever major company it was (who already has a scale of operations and a public presence that would gain little from cycling marketing) to pay for the publicity the city of Paris would receive.
 

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