Teams & Riders The Great Big Transfers and Rumours Thread

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What do you guys think about the BB Hotels team collapse? It‘s one of the most important topics in the moment.

I think it‘s a sad story. How is it possible that you ride the Tour in July, and completely collapse four or five months after? From Top-25 (teams) in the world, to Zero. I cannot understand how this could even happen…
from the moment I heard the news in July I had the "too good to be true" feeling.

super backing, Paris, Cav, big sponsors. for a team like B&B? I don't know. it's 50-50. Pineau selling it before it was sure, and the backer pulling out
 
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Does he have a special, personal, "must ride KTM" deal? Because I'm pretty sure I've heard about riders switching bikes when they switched teams.
B&B was going to ride Bianchi in 2023, so it wasn't a must, but he was at Vini Fantini together with KTM and then followed them to France, so he seems to have been their Austrian rider of choice (KTM is Austrian).
 
It was similar with Hugo Houle back then, who followed Argon-18 from Ag2r to Astana, before he became good enough to not be dependent of a bike sponsor anymore.
I actually thought it would be the other way round; that riders with personal bike sponsors would be the really good riders, whereas would just have to ride whatever bikes their teams ride on.
 
I actually thought it would be the other way round; that riders with personal bike sponsors would be the really good riders, whereas would just have to ride whatever bikes their teams ride on.
ah, you managed to reply before I deleted that part (as Houle was on a different bike at Ag2r - I misremembered that) ;)

I think both cases exist. Also Bingoal got some Italians together with de Rosa bikes on from last year, for example, although Tizza or A. Viviani aren't exactly standout riders.
 

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