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It’s quite amusing how Archbold has slotted into the very limited “Irish” cycling infrastructure. His move to the European Tour was with An Post. His first European win was at the Ras. He was brought to Bora to support Bennett. After Bora dropped him after he missed most of a season injured, he was signed by Aqua Blue. When Aqua Blue went under, he went to Evo Pro. And then he was brought back to Bora to support Bennett and now follows him to DQS. He should really be entitled to an Irish passport at this point.

Is he the only rider of any nationality who rode for all three Irish UCI teams (not counting the Italian teams that used to domicile themselves in Ireland for tax reasons)?
Fellow NZer Aaron Gate has only ever rode for those 3 teams professionally. But I don't think they were the only 3 Irish pro teams. One of the McQuaids had a team and there was definitely 1 more but maybe like the Italians it was a shell company it's too far back for me to remember
 
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Is he the only rider of any nationality who rode for all three Irish UCI teams (not counting the Italian teams that used to domicile themselves in Ireland for tax reasons)?
Aaron Gate also rode for all three of them.

And there have been a few other Irish teams on CT level:

 
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Fellow NZer Aaron Gate has only ever rode for those 3 teams professionally. But I don't think they were the only 3 Irish pro teams. One of the McQuaids had a team and there was definitely 1 more but maybe like the Italians it was a shell company it's too far back for me to remember
I didn’t know about those two teams. Were Team Murphy and Gunn as terrible as the cq results indicate? Or is the database incomplete back then? Or were they basically a domestic amateur team that took out a UCI license to get into a handful of races abroad?

Also the Swedish guy, Fredrik Ericsson, I wonder what his story was. A career consisting of two and a half seasons spent on three Conti teams in three countries in his late 20s, but he had good results.
 
I didn’t know about those two teams. Were Team Murphy and Gunn as terrible as the cq results indicate? Or is the database incomplete back then? Or were they basically a domestic amateur team that took out a UCI license to get into a handful of races abroad?

Also the Swedish guy, Fredrik Ericsson, I wonder what his story was. A career consisting of two and a half seasons spent on three Conti teams in three countries in his late 20s, but he had good results.
M & G merged with An Post after season I dont remember much about them but I think it was a fairly small set up
 
About bloody time.

lt was nice of Lefevere to say this about Archbold;
“Lefevere also said he was really pleased to sign Kiwi Archbold with Irishman Bennett; both of them partners in the sprint since their time at An Post-Chainreaction.

“We know how important it is for a sprinter to have a lead-out man that he fully understands and has faith in,” said Lefevere of Archbold.

“While we have several excellent lead-out guys already here, when it became clear that we could add Shane to our squad to help Sam, it made complete sense.”
Cant wait to see that DQ Irish jersey. Also when he says its his dream to ride for DQ thats not just nice corporate talk for the media he has belgian connections and was a huge Bonnen fan growing up
 
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I didn’t know about those two teams. Were Team Murphy and Gunn as terrible as the cq results indicate? Or is the database incomplete back then? Or were they basically a domestic amateur team that took out a UCI license to get into a handful of races abroad?

Also the Swedish guy, Fredrik Ericsson, I wonder what his story was. A career consisting of two and a half seasons spent on three Conti teams in three countries in his late 20s, but he had good results.
OT:
Fredrik Ericsson was more of a mountain biker than road cyclist. Nowadays he is coach and have written a few books about training.
 
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Scott Thwaites to Corendon-Circus. Good classics rider for MVDP
Along with kiwi Sam Gaze. The MTBer had a stagiare with Quickstep this year.

Plus this tweet might suggest former stockbroker, and Canyon DHB Rider this year, Alex Richardson will also ride for them next year. He's had a good couple of seasons the past two years, winning a few national road series races as a solo privateer rider last year and then got a couple of pro Kermesses and 1.2 UCO races in Belgium this year
 
Interesting signing, Gaze has won a couple of U23 national crit titles and can handle a hilly course well. Will be looking forward to seeing how he goes.
He might have a mainly MTB orientated calendar similar to Petter Fagerhaug, who only raced the U23 Norwegian Champs. Although the fact he was a stagaire this year, may suggest his racing calendar might be more like van der Poel possibly.
 
I had completely missed this. The past year wasn't exactly a success for him at Axeon. Still wondering what type of rider he'll grow into. If i may venture a guess, i'm leaning towards Ardennes/hilly classic and/or stagehunter. Can't picture him as a GC candidate, as he 's always been very irregular in his achievements. Going deep one day, usually meant getting dropped the next day. But he's very sly and races tactically.
 
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I had completely missed this. The past year wasn't exactly a success for him at Axeon. Still wondering what type of rider he'll grow into. If i may venture a guess, i'm leaning towards Ardennes/hilly classic and/or stagehunter. Can't picture him as a GC candidate, as he 's always been very irregular in his achievements. Going deep one day, usually meant getting dropped the next day. But he's very sly and races tactically.
Yes, but until now he has only been good when the road goes uphill. His main strength are his crazy accelerations when he attacks uphill. Still, let's wait and see, his junior team has a rep for trying to get as many wins out of their riders as possible, not developing the really well.
 
Is the WT limit 28 riders ?
If so there must be a few teams looking to add still according to PCS ?
Bora, Lotto, Jumbo, Movistar, NTT, Trek are all on 27.

with a few WT riders still looking for a ride,
 
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