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The ten-time National Time Trial Champion and four-time World Champion, Tony Martin will retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old German of Jumbo-Visma, who has dominated the time trial scene for many years, has announced via his own website and social channels that he will retire in a few days after the Mixed TimeTrial of the World Championships, waiving the remaining part of his contract. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Jumbo – Visma – IN Rohan Dennis (Ineos), Michel Hessmann (NeoPro), Olav Kooij (NeoPro), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Mick Van Dijke (NeoPro); OUT George Bennett (UAE), Paul Martens (Retired), Tony Martin (Retire), Antwan Tolhoek (Trek), Maarten Wynants (Retire); RUMOURED: IN Wout Poels (Bahrain), Milan Vader (NeoPro); OUT Christoph Pfingsten (?); END OF CONTRACT Christoph Pfingsten (?); CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Edoardo Affini (23), Koen Bouwman (24), David Dekker (22), Rohan Dennis (23), Tom Dumoulin (22), Pascal Eenkhoorn (22), Tobias Foss (23), Robert Gesink (23), Dylan Groenewegen (23), Chris Harper(23), Michel Hessmann (24), Lennard Hofstede (22), Olav Kooij (23), Steven Kruijswijk (23), Sepp Kuss (24), Christophe Laporte (23) Gijs Leemreize (23), Sam Oomen (23), Primoz Roglic (23), Timo Roosen (22), Mike Teunissen (22) Wout van Aert (24), Tosh Van Der Sande (23), Mick Van Dijke (24), Nathan Van Hooydonck (22), Jos van Emden (23), Jonas Vingegaard (24).
Here the list in progress of the cyclists that have announced their retirement at the end of 2021 season (age and team in bracket): WTT: Fabio Aru (31 Qhubeka NextHash), Brent Bookwalter (37 Team BikeExchange), Koen De Kort (38 Trek – Segafredo), Mickaël Delage (36 Groupama-FDJ), Mitchell Docker (34 EF Education Nippo), Mathias Frank (34 Ag2r Citroën Team), Ben Gastauer (33 Ag2r Citroën Team), Michal Golas (37 Ineos Grenadiers), André Greipel (39 Israel Start-Up Nation), Tomasz Marczysnki (37 Lotto Soudal), Paul Martens (37 Jumbo-Visma), Marco Marcato (37 Uae Team Emirates), Dan Martin (35 Israel Start-Up Nation), Tony Martin (36 Jumbo-Visma), Kiel Reijnen (35 Trek-Segafredo), Andreas Schillinger (38 BORA-hansgrohe), Marcel Sieberg (39 Bahrain-Victorious), Tejay Van Garderen (32 EF Education Nippo), Maarten Wynants (39 Jumbo-Visma), Cameron Wurf (37 Ineos Grenadiers); PRT: Mikel Alonso Flores (24 Euskadi), Frederik Backaert (31 B&B Hotels KTM), Bert De Backer (37 B&B Hotels KTM), Sean De Bie (29 Bingoal Pauwels), Kevin Reza (33 B&B Hotels KTM), Jon Irisarri (25 Caja Rural), Enrique Sanz (32 Equipo Kern Pharma), Romain Sicard (33 Total Direct Energie), Jaime Sureda (24 Burgos – BH), Elle Vanendert (36 Bingoal Pauwels), Jonas Van Genechten (34 B&B Hotels KTM), Boris Vallée (28 Bingoal), Philip Walsleben (33 Alpecin-Fenix)
The divorce between Miguel Angel Lopez and Movistar is official. The announcement has been made by the Spanish team itself, which through an official note makes it known that the rider’s contract will be terminated at the end of the month. The fracture that began during the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a España 2021 was therefore irremediable, when the Colombian retired after losing his third position following an attack by Adam Yates, which was answered by his teammate Enric Mas. As for previous rumours (see reports on the 7 September), the Colombian rider seems to be close to sign with his previous team Astana. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Movistar Team – IN ; OUT Marc Soler (UAE); RUMOURED: IN Alex Aranburu (Astana), David de la Cruz (UAE), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Ion Izagirre (Astana), Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-RGA), Mikel Nieve (Team BikeExchange), Óscar Rodríguez (Astana), Ivan Romeo (Neo Pro), Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Ineos); OUT Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Antonio Pedrero (UAE); END OF CONTRACT Juan Diego Alba, Hector Carretero, Dario Cataldo, Gabriel Cullaigh, Imanol Erviti, Lluis Guillermo Mas, Sebastián Mora, José Joaquin Rojas, Einer, Albert Torres, Davide Villella; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Jorge Arcas (23), Iñigo Elosegui (22), Ivan Garcia Cortina (22), Abner Gonzalez (23), Juri Hollmann (23), Johan Jacobs (23), Matteo Jorgenson (23), Enric Mas (22), Gregor Muhlberger (23), Mathias Norsgaard (23), Nelson Oliveira (23), Antonio Pedrero (23), Einer Rubio (23), Sergio Samitier (24), Gonzalo Serrano (22), Alejandro Valverde (22), Carlos Verona (23).
Lilian Calmejane, who joined the AG2R Citroën Team this season, is expected to extend his contract with the team for another season, according to a report from L’Equipe. The official announcement of his contract extension by his team should be made soon.
Enrique Sanz (32 Equipo Kern Pharma) have announced his farewell to professional cycling. At the age of 32, he will end his pro career that began in 2011 in the Movistar jersey, during which he achieved four victory successes.
Official renewals for Mathias Norsgaard and Sergio Samitier, who have signed long-term deals with Movistar. Norsgaard has signed up to 2023 with the Spanish team, where he arrived last year as a neo-professional. He his a time trial specialist and was recently second in the third stage of the Tour of Benelux. The 26 year old Spanish climber, Samitier has signed a three-year deal and was last year 13th in the Giro on his debut.
After winning in two days the Giro di Toscana and the GP Peccioli, Michael Valgren renewed his contract with EF Education-Nippo for the 2022 season. The 29-year-old Danish said: “I’m very happy to stay with this team, I feel at home here, they understand me, we work very well together and I’m super happy to continue this project”. Situation WT team by team (in progress): EF Education – NIPPO – IN Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange), Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché), Merhawi Kudus (Astana); OUT Sergio Higuita (Bora), Mitchell Docker (Retire), Tejay Van Garderen (Retire); RUMOURED: IN Joe Dombrowski (UAE), Didier Merchan (Colombia Tierra de Atletas-GW Bicicletas), Ben Healy (Trinity Racing), James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Will Barta, Jonathan Caicedo, Lawson Craddock, Moreno Hofland, Alex Howes, Jens Keukeleire, Sebastian Langeveld, Lachlan Morton, Logan Owen, Jonas Rutsch, Tom Scully, Julius van den Berg, James Whelan; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Daniel Arroyave (22), Alberto Bettiol (23), Stefan Bissegger (22), Diego Camargo (22), Simon Carr (22), Hugh Carthy (23), Esteban Chaves (22), Magnus Cort (23), Odd Christian Eiking (23), Julien El Fares (22), Ruben Guerreiro (22), Merhawi Kudus (23), Hideto Nakane (22), Neilson Powless (24), Rigoberto Uran (22), Michael Valgren (22).
Arkéa-Samsic climber Warren Barguil is still under contract with the Breton team until the end of next year. However, according to Ouest-France, he has been in discussions with several teams, including the French WorldTeam Groupama-FDJ. However, the rider should stay with Emmanuel Hubert’s team, says the website, although also he has been approached also by B&B Hotels p/b KTM and by Israel Start-Up Nation.
Giovanni Visconti and Bardiani-CSF-Faizané will go on together at least for another year. The Italian professional team has announced that it has extended its agreement with the Sicilian rider for another season.
Wout Poels has received an offer from Israel Start-up Nation. Although the Dutchman is likely to extend his contract with Bahrain-Victorious at the end of the season, the 33-year-old is also on the table of Israel Start-up Nation for 2022 according to a report by journalist Daniel Benson. The Israeli World Tour team is said to have made Wout Poels the successor to Dan Martin who will end his career at the end of the year. The former winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège would be the replacement of the Irishman for the Ardennes classics but also for the stage races.
New reinforcement for EF Education-Nippo. After announcing the signings of Esteban Chaves and Odd Christian Eiking in recent weeks, the US team has announced the signing of Eritrean Merhawi Kudus, who leaves Astana after two years. The Eritrean climber turned professional in 2014 with MTN-Qhubeka. The 27-year-old has so far achieved five career successes, including a Tour of Ruanda in 2019 and signed for two years with EF Education.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Astana – IN ; OUT Hugo Houle (Qhubeka), Jonas Gregaard (Uno-X), Merhawi Kudus (Ef Education), Andrea Piccolo (Rusvelo), Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora); RUMOURED: IN Valerio Conti (UAE), Joe Dombrowski (UAE), Sébastian Henao (Ineos), Gianni Moscon (Ineos), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo); OUT Alex Aranburu (Movistar), Omar Fraile (Ineos), Jakob Fuglsang (Team BikeExchange, Israel, Qhubeka), Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), Ion Izagirre (Cofidis or Movistar), Oscar Rodriguez (Movistar), Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain), Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange); END OF CONTRACT Alex Aranburu, Manuele Boaro, Rodrigo Contreras, Fabio Felline, Omar Fraile, Jakob Fuglsang, Yevgeniy Gidich, Jonas Gregaard, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Ion Izagirre, Gorka Izagirre, Davide Martinelli, Yuri Natarov, Ben Perry, Oscar Rodriguez, Luis Leon Sanchez, Matteo Sobrero, Nikita Stalnov, Harold Tejada, Artyom Zakharov; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Samuele Battistella (22), Gleb Brussenskiy (22), Stefan De Bod (22), Yevgeniy Fedorov (22), Alexey Lutsenko (24), Andrea Piccolo (22), Vadim Pronskiy (22), Javier Romo (23).
Ben Hermans will remain with the Israel Start-Up Nation until at least the end of 2023. Today the Belgian rider renewed his contract for the next two years with the Israeli team, where he has been riding successfully since 2018. In these last four seasons with the team directed by Kjell Carlström, the 35-year-old has achieved eleven victories, more than he had achieved in the previous nine years of his career: among his main successes are the final classification of the Tour of Austria, won in 2018 and 2019, the 2019 Tour of Utah, and, this year, the Arctic Race of Norway and the Tour of the Apennines. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Israel Start-Up Nation – IN Taj Jones (NeoPro), Corbin Strong (SEG Racing Academy) ; OUT Davide Cimolai (Cofidis), André Greipel (retire), Hugo Hofstetter (Team Arkéa-Samsic), Dan Martin (retire), Alexis Renard (Cofidis); RUMOURED: IN Bernal? (Ineos); OUT; END OF CONTRACT Omer Goldstein, Itamar Einhorn, Reto Hollenstein, Krists Neilands, Guy Niv, Guy Sagiv, Norman Vahtra; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Rudy Barbier (22), Sebastien Berwick (22), Patrick Bevin (22), Jenthe Biermans (22), Guillaume Boivin (22), Mathias Brandle (22), Alexander Cataford (22), Alessandro De Marchi (22), Alex Dowsett (22), Chris Froome (22), Carl Fredrik Hagen (22), Ben Hermans (23), Daryl Impey (22), Taj Jones (23), James Piccoli (22), Corbin Strong (23), Tom Van Asbroeck (22), Mads Würtz Schmidt (22), Sep Vanmarcke (23), Michael Woods (22), Rick Zabel (22).
The young Spanish rider Marc Brustenga (Caja Rural) has officially signed a two-year contract with Trek – Segafredo. The 22-year-old Spaniard, Brustenga after a spell in France with V.C. La Pomme Marseille when he was just 18 after three seasons, moved to Filial Caja Rural-RGA. Five victories for him this season, including the Aitzondo Clasica-Asteasu and the G.P. Ciudad de Vigo. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Trek – Segafredo – IN Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural), Filippo Baroncini (NeoPro), Marc Brustenga (Caja Rural), Tony Gallopin (Ag2r), Asbjørn Hellemose (NeoPro), Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X), Daan Hoole (NeoPro), Simon Pellaud (Androni), Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma), Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin); OUT Niklas Eg (Uno-X), Koen de Kort (Ritiro), Ryan Mullen (Bora), Kiel Reijnen (Retired), Michel Ries (Arkéa – Samsic); RUMOURED: IN Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange), Geraint Thomas (Ineos); OUT Nicola Conci (Eolo or Rusvelo), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana); END OF CONTRACT Nicola Conci, Vincenzo Nibali, Charlie Quarterman; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Jon Aberasturi (23), Filippo Baroncini (23), Julien Bernard (23), Gianluca Brambilla (22), Marc Brustenga (23), Giulio Ciccone (24), Jakob Egholm (22), Kenny Elissonde (23), Tony Gallopin (23), Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (22), Asbjørn Hellemose (23), Markus Hoelgaard (23), Daan Hoole (23), Juan Pedro Lopez (23), Alexander Kamp (22), Alex Kirsch (23), Emils Liepins (23), Bauke Mollema (22), Jacopo Mosca(23), Matteo Moschetti (22), Antonio Nibali (22), Mads Pedersen (22), Simon Pellaud (23), Quinn Simmons (23), Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (22), Toms Skujiņš (22), Jasper Stuyven (22), Edward Theuns (23), Antonio Tiberi (24), Antwan Tolhoek (23).
According to Cyclingnews editor-in-chief Daniel Benson, after three seasons Nicolas Roche will not renew his contract with Team DSM, whose management is further rejuvenating its squad. The experienced 37-year-old Irishman is therefore currently without a team for next season. The same source also suggested that Luis Leon Sanchez (37) may move to a different team as well and the top prospective is with Bahrain – Victorious, with whom he would have signed a two-year contract, leaving Astana after seven years. Daniel Benson also twitted that Lukasz Wisniowski is leaving Qhubeka NextHash and heading to EF for next year.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Bahrain Victorious – IN Filip Maciejuk (NeoPro); OUT Marcel Sieberg (retire), Marco Haller (Bora); RUMOURED: IN Alejandro Osorio (Caja Rural-RGA), Maximilian Schachmann (Bora); OUT Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana); END OF CONTRACT Yukiya Arashiro, Phil Bauhaus, Pello Bilbao, Santiago Buitrago, Eros Capecchi, Scott Davies, Chun Kai Feng, Heinrich Haussler, Kevin Inkelaar, Mikel Landa, Gino Mäder, Matej Mohoric, Domen Novak, Mark Padun, Hermann Pernsteiner, Wout Poels, Jan Tratnik, Rafael Valls, Alfred Wright; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Damiano Caruso (22), Sonny Colbrelli (23), Jack Haig (23), Filip Maciejuk (23), Ahmed Madan (22), Jonathan Milan (22), Dylan Teuns (22), Stephen Williams (22).
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Qhubeka – NextHash – IN Henok Mulubrhan (NeoPro); OUT Fabio Aru (Retire), Michael Gogl (Alpecin-Fenix), Lasse Norman Hansen (Uno-X); RUMOURED: IN Manuele Boaro (Astana), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Hugo Houle (Astana), Sjoerd Bax (Metec – Solarwatt p/b Mantel); OUT Dimitri Claeys (Intermarché), Giacomo Nizzolo (Cofidis), Maxi Richeze (UAE), Lukas Wisniowski (EF); END OF CONTRACT Sander Armée, Sean Bennett, Carlos Barbero, Dimitri Claeys, Simon Clarke, Nicholas Dlamini, Kilian Frankiny, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, Bert Jan Lindeman, Matteo Pelucchi, Robert Power, Domenico Pozzovivo, Andreas Stokbro, Dylan Sunderland, Harry Tanfield, Emil Vinjebo, Lukas Wisniowski; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Connor Brown (22), Victor Campenaerts (22), Sergio Henao (22), Henok Mulubrhan (23), Giacomo Nizzolo (22), Mauro Schmid (22), Karel Vacek (22), Max Walscheid (22).
On the latest episode of RadioCorsa, the Italian cycling journalist Beppe Conti has reported that an internal contrast has emerged between Ineos Grenadiers and Egan Bernal despite his winning on the Giro d’Italia 2021. In the meantime, the Israel Start-Up Nation would have a huge offer ready for him, with the possibility that Chris Froome will decide to retire after a disappointing season or will accept a contract renegotiated. However, Giuseppe Acquadro, who looks after the interests of the winner of the last Giro d’Italia, denied the news at the microphones of CyclingNews, explaining that Bernal is happy with his relationship with the team and that he is even already focused on the Tour de France 2022, which at this point should be his main objective next season. “There is nothing true in this story – commented Acquadro – Egan has an agreement for another two years with Ineos Grenadiers and he is happy in this team…….I don’t know where this story comes from.”
The Czech rider Michael Schlegel has confirmed that next season will ride for Caja Rural – RGA. The 26 year old Schlegel had so far a successful year winning the Tour of Malopolska and arriving third on the queen stage of Sibiu Cycling Tour with the jersey of the continental Elkov – Kasper.
The biker Victor Koretzky have joined B&B Hotels p/b KTM signing a two year contract. The French biker was recently bronze in the cross country at the World Championships in Val di Sole and fifth at the Tokyo Games and is currently number one in the specialty ranking.
Mikel Alonso Flores (Euskadi) will retire at the end of the season. The Basque rider is only 24 year old and in the last two years as a ProTour rider has obtained little results.
Sonny Colbrelli have extended his contract with Bahrain-Victorious for two years ending all rumours about his possible transfer to Astana. Colbrelli will ride with his current team until the end of 2023.
Alpecin-Fenix have made official the extension of the contract of the young Austrian talent born in 1999, Tobias Bayer, who will remain in the team at least until the end of 2023. Alpacin also signed among its ranks Maurice Ballerstedt (Jumbo-Visma Development Team). The German has signed a long term deal that will end in 2024 season. Ballerstedt profile @procyclingstast
Norway’s Uno-X confirmed the renewal for the next two seasons of Torstein Træen, the 26-year-old home rider who this year managed to reach the top ten at the Tour Alsace and also at the Tour of Norway.
Jakob Fuglsang appears to be headed for Team BikeExchange. According to CyclingNews, the Dane has already signed a multi-year deal with the Australians, who may also welcome sponsor Premier Tech.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Basque Ion Izagirre could leave after three seasons Astana at the end of the season to settle with Cofidis or Movistar. Scognamiglio also claims that his replacement would be Sébastian Henao, who is leaving after eight seasons with INEOS Grenadiers.
Another official announcement is the transfer of Luxembourger Michel Ries, who signs a two-year contract with Arkéa – Samsic, saying goodbye to Trek – Segafredo.
According to El Pais, the young Spanish rider Ivan Romeo is joining Movistar.
The classics specialists Florian Sénéchal, who recently won a stage at the Vuelta a España, has extended his contract for two more years with Deceuninck – QuickStep, with whom he turned professional in 2018. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl – IN Jason Osborne (stagiarie), Stan Van Tricht (stagiarie); OUT Joao Almeida (UAE) , Sam Bennett (Bora), Shane Archbold (Bora), Alvaro Hodeg (UAE); RUMOURED: IN Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Davide Cimolai (Israel), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Gianni Moscon (Ineos), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek), Louis Vervaeke (Alpecin); OUT; END OF CONTRACT Andrea Bagioli, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo, Mark Cavendish, Josef Cerny, Ian Garrison, Mikkel Honoré, James Knox, Stijn Steels, Zdenek Stybar; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Julian Alaphilippe (24), Kasper Asgreen (24), Rémi Cavagna (23), Tim Declercq (23), Dries Devenyns (22), Remco Evenepoel (26), Fabio Jakobsen (23), Iljo Keisse (22), Yves Lampaert (22), Fausto Masnada (22), Michael Morkov (23), Florian Senechal (23), Pieter Serry (23), Jannik Steimle (23), Mauri Vansevenant (23), Bert Van Lerberghe (23).
After the sudden divorce between Astana and Premier Tech and the clear intention of the Canadian brand to stay in the WorldTour sponsoring another team (with Qhubeka?), Hugo Houle has announced to lapresse+ that he is following Premier Tech even if he is still under contract with Astana up to the end of 2022. Also leaving Astana Andrea Piccolo and according to Ciro Scognamiglio, the young Italian rider will join Gazprom – Rusvelo next year.
Romain Grégoire (18) is ready to move forward and will sign a contract with Ag2r Citroën. The talented young Frenchman, who won the European junior championship this morning and many races during the season, is ready to turn pro for a WorldTour team skipping the U23s. According to Wielerlifts, Ag2r Citroën initially intended to leave him in their development team but then decided to offer him a professional contract to beat off competition from Groupama-FDJ. Grégoire full profile @ procyclingstats. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Ag2r Citroën Team – IN Clement Berthet (Delko), Paul Lapeira (NeoPro), Valentin Paret-Peintre (NeoPro), Thomas Delphis (stagiaire), Félix Gall (Team DSM), Antoine Raugel (NeoPro), Valentin Retailleau (stagiaire); OUT Francois Bidard (Cofidis), Tony Gallopin (Trek), Ben Gastauer (retire), Mathias Frank (retire), Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels); RUMOURED: IN Romain Grégoire (NeoPro); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Lilian Calmejane, Julien Duval; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Clement Berthet (24), Geoffrey Bouchard (22), Clément Champoussin (22), Mikael Cherel (22), Benoit Cosnefroy (23), Stan Dewulf (22), Félix Gall (23), Damien Godon (24), Jaakko Hänninen (24), Anthony Jullien (22), Bob Jungels (22), Paul Lapeira (23), Lawrence Naesen (23), Olivier Naesen (23), Ben O’Connor (23), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (24), Valentin Paret-Peintre (24) Nans Peters (23), Nicolas Prodhomme (22), Antoine Raugel (23), Marc Sarreau (22), Michael Schar (23), Damien Touzé (22), Greg Van Avermaet (23), Gijs van Hoecke (22), Clément Venturini (23), Andrea Vendrame (23), Larry Warbasse (22).
According to Dutch media WielerFlits, Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling), one of the great hopes of American cycling, is set to join the INEOS Grenadiers at the end of the season. The 19-year-old rider has already signed a long-term contract with the British World Tour team and a confirmation is expected in the next few days. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Ineos Grenadiers – IN Lucas Plapp (NeoPro), Ben Tullett (Alpecin-Fenix); OUT Rohan Dennis (Jumbo), Michał Gołaś (Retire), Owain Doull (?), Cameron Wurf (Retire); RUMOURED: IN Sven Erik Bystrom (UAE), Kim Heiduk(Lotto Kern Haus), Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling); OUT Sebastian Henao (Astana), Ivan Sosa (Movistar), Geraint Thomas (Qhubeka, Trek), Gianni Moscon (QuickStep, Astana); END OF CONTRACT Leonardo Basso, Jonathan Castroviejo, Sebastian Henao, Gianni Moscon, Jhonatan Narvaez, Salvatore Puccio, Brandon Rivera, Ivan Sosa, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Andrey Amador (22), Egan Bernal (23), Richard Carapaz (22), Laurens De Plus (22), Eddie Dunbar (22), Filippo Ganna (23), Tao Geoghegan Hart (23), Ethan Hayter (22), Michal Kwiatkowski (23), Daniel Martinez (22), Tom Pidcock (22), Luke Plapp (23), Richie Porte (22), Carlos Rodriguez (23), Luke Rowe (23), Pavel Sivakov (23), Ben Tullett (24), Dylan Van Baarle (22), Adam Yates (22).
Alpecin-Fenix has announced the arrival of Robert Stannard. The 22-year-old Australian will leave Team BikeExchange after three seasons and signed for two seasons with the team of the brothers Philip and Christoph Roodhooft.
Iuri Leitao, the Lusitanian sprinter and pistard, has signed his first professional contract with Caja Rural – RGA. Already rumoured in recent weeks, he will ride the next two seasons for Spanish team.
The 23-year-old Frenchman Eddy Finé will continue his career with Cofidis and signed a deal for another year. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Cofidis – IN François Bidard (AG2R), Davide Cimolai (Israel), Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotel), Jacques Lebreton (stagiaire), Alexis Renard (Israel), Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ), Hugo Toumire (stagiaire), Axel Zingle (stagiaire); OUT Nicolas Edet (Arkéa-Samsic), Christophe Laporte (Jumbo); RUMOURED: IN Valerio Conti (UAE), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka), Dan Martin (Israel); OUT Elia Viviani (Eolo-Kometa); END OF CONTRACT Fernando Barceló, Natnael Berhane, Jempy Drucker, Nathan Haas, Emmanuel Morin, Fabio Sabatini, Attilio Viviani, Elia Viviani; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Piet Allegaert (23), François Bidard (23), Tom Bohli (22), André Carvalho (23), Thomas Champion (22), Davide Cimolai (23), Simone Consonni (23), Bryan Coquard (23), Ruben Fernandez (22), Eddy Finé (22), Simon Geschke (23), José Herrada (22), Jésus Herrada (23), Victor Lafay (23), Jacques Lebreton (22), Guillaume Martin (22), Anthony Perez (23), Pierre-Luc Périchon (23), Alexis Renard (23), Rémy Rochas (22), Szymon Sajnok (22), Benjamin Thomas (23), Hugo Toumire (22), Kenneth Vanbilsen (22), Jelle Wallays (23), Axel Zingle (22).
38-year-old Mikel Nieve has told the Diario de Navarra that he will leave Team BikeExchange after four years. The Basque already has a contract for next year and is ready for a new adventure. Among his possible destinations Movistar seems to be the favourite one.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team BikeExchange – IN ; OUT Brent Bookwalter (Ritire), Esteban Chaves (EF); RUMOURED: IN Jesus David Peña Jimenez (NeoPro), Jarrad Drizners (Neo Pro), Kelland O’Brien (NeoPro), Matteo Sobrero (Astana); OUT Mikel Nieve (Movistar); END OF CONTRACT Tsgabu Grmay, Kaden Groves, Michael Hepburn, Chris Juul-Jensen, Alexander Konychev, Barnabás Peák, Andrey Zeits; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Jack Bauer (22), Sam Bewley (22), Kevin Colleoni (22), Luke Durbridge (22), Alexander Edmondson (22), Lucas Hamilton (22), Damien Howson (22), Amund Grondahl Jansen (22), Tanel Kangert (22), Michael Matthews (22), Cameron Meyer (22), Luka Mezgec (22), Nick Schultz (22), Callum Scotson (22), Dion Smith (22), Robert Stannard (22), Simon Yates (22).
In an interview with ES Ciclismo, the experienced Spaniard Gustavo Cesar Veloso, twice Volta a Portugal winner (2014, 2015) and a Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta a Espana stage winner, has announced his retirement from cycling. Born in 1980, he rode his last season with Tavira after having long been a symbol of the W52 / FC Porto.
Bardiani CSF Faizanè, the team of Bruno and Roberto Reverberi, has announced the contract renewal with Enrico Battaglin (31), winner of three stages of Giro d’Italia, and Samuele Zoccarato (23), a promising young rider who turned professional in 2021 and was third in the road race of the Italian championships. Battaglin extended for one more year and Zoccarato for two years until 2023.
According to CyclingFever the agreement between Max Kanter (Team DSM) and Movistar is a done deal.
Odd Christian Eiking has signed with EF Education – Nippo for next two seasons. The Norwegian rider, coming from Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux where he has been riding since 2018, is back from the Vuelta a España where he wore the Red Jersey for seven stages.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux – IN Sven Erik Bystrom (UAE), Kobe Goossens (Lotto), Biniam Girmay Hailu (Delko), Laurens Huys (Bingoal), Julius Johansen (Uno-X Pro Cycling), Alexander Kristoff (UAE), Hugo Page (NeoPro), Gerbe Thijssens (Lotto); OUT Odd Christian Eiking (EF-Nippo), Jonas Koch (Bora), Danny Van Poppel (Bora); RUMOURED: IN Tiesj Benoot (DSM), Dmitri Claeys (Qhubeka), José Manuel Díaz (Delko), Julius Johansen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Ilan Van Wilder (DSM); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Jérémy Bellicaud, Aimé De Gendt, Jasper De Plus, Ludwig De Winter, Alexander Evans, Wesley Kreder, Maurits Lammertink, Louis Meintjes, Riccardo Minali, Andrea Pasqualon, Simone Petilli, Kévin Van Melsen, Pieter Vanspeybrouck; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Jan Bakelants (22), Sven Erik Bystrøm (23), Théo Delacroix (22), Tom Devriendt (22), Kobe Goossens (23), Biniam Girmay Hailu (24), Quinten Hermans (22), Jan Hirt (22), Laurens Huys (23), Julius Johansen (23), Alexander Kristoff (23), Hugo Page (23), Baptiste Planckaert (22), Lorenzo Rota (22), Rein Taaramae (22), Gerbe Thijssens (23), Taco Van Der Hoorn (24), Corné Van Kessel (22), Boy Van Poppel (22), Loic Vliegen (22), Georg Zimmermann (22).
Jimmy Janssens and Senne Leysen have extended with Alpecin – Fenix. Born in 1989, the former has signed a one-year contract, while the latter, born in 1996, will see his contract run until 2023.
It is now official that, Pau Miquel and Eugenio Sánchez, both arriving from Cantera Lizarte, joined Equipo Kern Pharma.
Owain Doull will leave Ineos Grenadiers after five years with the British team. Doull explained to Cyclingnews that he has already signed for a new team.
American rider Kiel Reijnen, who turned professional in 2009, will end his career at the end of the season, his Trek-Segafredo team announced. The 35-year-old Reijnen has been winning two stages at the Tour of Utah in 2015 and 2016, several other races in USA and a Tour of Ruanda in 2011. He will not leave the world of cycling completely, as he will now turn to Gravel Racing.
Two young riders of Mastromarco Sensi Nibali will join the Bardiani CSF Faizanè team in the next season. Alessio Nieri and Martin Marcellusi, respectively born in 2001 and 2000 have signed a two years contract with the Green Team.
Twenty-seven-year-old Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma) has signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo for the upcoming two seasons.
Miguel Angel Lopez, who extended his contract with Movistar until 2023 a few weeks ago, could leave the team much sooner than expected. This is what the boss of the Spanish team, Eusebio Unzué, suggested in an interview on Onda Cero radio, confirming that the Colombian’s future is in doubt. This follows his controversial retirement on the penultimate stage of the Tour of Spain when Lopez, who was far behind his main rivals and saw the podium slipping away from him, decided to retired in frustration against the advice of his team managers. According to Tuttobiciweb, the Colombian rider, now looks set to leave Eusebio Unzue’s team to return to Astana. Bicycle supplier Wilier Triestina, which is very interested in the South American market, would be delighted with this return.
The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team has signed two young talents for the next two seasons: 21-year-old Dane Julius Johansen, who currently rides for Uno-X Pro Cycling, and 20-year-old Frenchman Hugo Page, currently riding for Conti Groupama-FDJ. A track specialist, Johansen was crowned world champion in the team pursuit in 2020 and Danish champion in both the time trial and road race last year. Page has been winning numerous races in the junior category, including in 2019 the French time trial champion title and the Chrono des Nations.
Alexey Lutsenko has extended his contract with Astana for another three years, until 2024. The 28 year-old Kazakh rider has already won several stages in the Tour de France, the Tour of Spain, the Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, but this year he has shown that he can also be a general classification rider by taking the 2nd place in the Critérium du Dauphiné and the 7th in the Tour de France, his first top 10 in a Grand Tour.
According to Diario de Navarra, next season Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-RGA) will join Movistar Team. Lazkano, 21, who has been with the green team since the end of 2019 and won a stage of the Tour of Portugal 2020.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, 32-year-old Elia Viviani (Cofidis) will sign a three-year deal with Ineos Grenadiers.
Alpecin-Fenix has officially announced the signing of Michael Gogl (Team Qhubeka NextHash). The 27 year old Austrian, who was sixth at the Strade Bianche at the beginning of the year, has signed for the next two years with the Belgian team. Belgian team that, as reported by Sportwereld, has also put in its sights the 21 year old Belgian Fabio Van den Bossche (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise).
Mickaël Delage (Groupama-FDJ) announced that he will retire at the end of the currents season.
The debut among the Professionals of the talented Tobias Halland Johannessen, winner this year of the Tour de l’Avenir and second at the Giro d’Italia Dilettanti, will be among the ranks of Uno-X Pro Cycling team where he currently riding in their development team. The Norwegian has signed a contract until 2024. Also his twin brother Anders Halland Johannessen, seventh at Tour de L’Avenir will follow his brother path from the development to the Pro Team, after a brilliant season in which he was eighth at Giro d’Italia Under 23 and the ninth at Tour of Turkey.
In an interview to Bici.pro, Marco Marcato as confirmed that after 17 years of professional cycling, he will retire. The 37 years old Veneto rider, who won a Paris-Tours in 2012, after some physical problems, in April he had an episode of arrhythmia and he had to undergo a small ablation operation for atrial fibrillation, has already in agreement with its team (Uae Team Emirates) to continue working for them. Full profile @procyclingstats. Situation WT team by team (in progress): UAE Team Emirates – IN Pascal Ackermann (Bora), Joao Almeida (Deceuninck), Juan Ayuso (NeoPro), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Finn Fisher-Black (NeoPro), Felix Groß (NeoPro), Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck), Maxi Richeze (Qhubeka), Marc Soler (Movistar); OUT Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché), Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché), Marco Marcato (retire); RUMOURED: IN; OUT Valerio Conti (Astana, Cofidis), Joe Dombrowski (Astana, EF), David De La Cruz (Movistar); END OF CONTRACT Valerio Conti, David De La Cruz, Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, Brandon McNulty, Yousif Mirza, Cristian Muñoz, Ivo Oliveira, Rui Oliveira, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Maxi Richeze; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Pascal Ackermann (23), Joao Almeida (27),Camilo Ardila (23), Juan Ayuso (25), George Bennett (23), Mikkel Bjerg (22), Rui Costa (22), Alessandro Covi (24), Finn Fisher-Black (24), Fernando Gaviria (22), Ryan Gibbons (22), Felix Groß (24), Marc Hirschi (23), Alvaro Hodeg (23), Vegard Stake Laengen (22), Rafal Majka (22), Juan Sebastián Molano (22), Tadej Pogacar (27), Jan Polanc (22), Marc Soler (23), Matteo Trentin (22), Oliviero Troia (22), Diego Ulissi (22).
The partnership between Mathieu Van Der Poel and Alpecin – Fenix will continue for a long time. Although his contract is still in force until the end of next season, the Belgian professional team and its Dutch captain have reached a new agreement for a further three years, ending in 2025.
Dan Martin (Israel Nation) announces retirement from professional cycling. The 35-year-old Irishman has called time on his career after 14 seasons in which he won 22 pro races, including two Monuments and five Grand Tour stage victories. Martin full profile @procyclingstats.
Alejandro Valverde will continue to race next season. After leaving the Vuelta a España with a fractured collarbone, the Movistar rider has returned to training and announced his participation in the end of season Italian Classics. On the microphones of the Spanish version of Eurosport he announced that he feels “strong and motivated, to help or to look for victories” and that he will still be with Movistar in 2022.
Dries Devenyns will carry on riding for Deceuninck-QuickStep for one more year. The Belgian rider, who has been with Patrick Lefevere’s team since the 2017 season, has signed a contract renewal to continue racing with the Belgian formation for another year. The 38 years old achieved only one success with the team’s jersey at last year’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race, but has always been a great domestique supporting his teammates to success.
Jonas Rickaert has extended his contract with Alpecin-Fenix until 2025. The 27 year old Belgian rider made his mark this season by winning the Raf Jonckheere GP in July.
According to Le Télégramme Julien Morice contract extension with B&B Hotels p/b KTM is ready to be signed. The 30-year-old rider, who has been with B&B Hotels p/b KTM team since 2018 (when Jérôme Pineau’s team was created), is expected to extend his contract for another season (until 2022). Julien Morice turned professional with Europcar in 2015 and will be riding for the French continental team for a fifth consecutive season.
Bardiani CSF Faizanè announced the signing of two more young Italian riders. Bruno and Roberto Reverberi’s team has signed for the next two seasons: the 23 years old Manuele Tarozzi (currently riding as a trainee with Androni) and the 21 year old Alex Tolio (Zalf Euromobil Fior). Tarozzi is a good sprinter and Tolio should be well suited for one day races.
Ineos-Grenadiers confirmed the signing of the young British Ben Tullett for three years. Tulett, who turned 20 last week, has spent two good seasons with Alpecin-Fenix, moving from the juniors into the pro squad. A two-time junior cyclocross world champion, Tulett finished ninth overall at the recent Tour de Pologne and 12th at Flèche Wallonne in April, he was also fifth in his first race, the Tour of Antalya.
Taco Van der Hoorn has been one of the best stories of the year 2021. The Dutch rider has had his best successes with a solo victory in the Giro d’Italia and a stage win in the Benelux Tour on Wednesday. And at 27 years old, the Dutch rider has been rewarded for his excellent season by extending his contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux until 2024. While his brother has decided to join BORA-hansgrohe, Boy Van Poppel extends his contract with the Belgian WorldTeam until 2022.
Rohan Dennis leaves Ineos Grenadiers for the rivals of Jumbo-Visma. The Dutch team signed the 31-year-old from Subiaco for two seasons, adding to an already strong time trial team with specialists such as Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic and Wout Van Aert. The Australian joins compatriot Chris Harper, who has signed a new one-year contract, Dennis’s former teammate in Rabobank in 2011.
Kristoffer Halvorsen, 25, joined the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team this season and will continue with the Norwegian team until 2023. The former INEOS Grenadiers and EF Education-Nippo remains one of the Scandinavian ProTeam’s key riders.
Team TotalEnergies recruits Alan Jousseaume for 2 years. The new team of Peter Sagan, after Sandy Dujardin, they have just signed Alan Jousseaume, another member of the Vendée U, for the next two years. The 23 year old has been a trainee with the team managed by Jean-René Bernaudeau since 1st August, and he has quickly convinced the team leaders to sign his first professional contract.
According to WielerFlits, 25-year-old Sjoerd Bax (Metec – Solarwatt p/b Mantel), 2021 runner-up in the Dutch national championships and winner of the Alpes Isère Tour in the spring, is heading towards Qhubeka-NextHash.
Kenneth Vanbilsen has extended his contract with the French Team Cofidis for another year. A dedicated domestique, the 31-year-old Belgian won À Travers le Hageland in 2019.
Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën) will join the B&B Hotels p/b KTM, he has signed a two-year contract. The 28 year old Gougeard had a great year in 2015, where he had won the Classic Loire-Atlantique, the Eurométropole Tour, a stage of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque and a stage of the Tour of Spain. Gougeard also won the Polynormande in 2017 and the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2019.
Two contract extensions for AG2R Citroën Team: Lawrence Naesen for two more years and Gijs Van Hoecke for one more year.
Jason Osborne will race as a trainee at Deceuninck-Quick-Step. The 27-year-old German has made a name for himself as a rower in recent years, but has decided to change track and focus on a career as a cyclist. Osborne is a successful rowing career, with a world title in 2018, several European titles and silver at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, the German has also already shown his qualities as a road biker. For example, last year he won the first edition of the virtual UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, ahead of several pro cyclists. He also finished eighth and sixth at the German pro time trial championships in 2018 and 2019. Osborne should make his debut in Gullegem Koerse next week.
Stagiaire/Trainee 2021 (in progress). The 2022 UCI transfer window officially opens on the 1st August, giving teams the chance to add stagiaire to their roster. Teams on the international circuit can now also sign up young riders to give them an important opportunity to grow. A special contract allows WorldTour, Professional and Continental teams to sign up to a maximum of three trainees from 1 August until the end of the year. For many it is an important opportunity to prove they are worth and try to get a contract for the following season. Here the current situation (in progress): WTT – Ag2r Citroën Team Thomas Delphis, Paul Lapeira, Valentin Retailleau; Cofidis Axel Zingle, Hugo Toumire, Jacques Lebreton; Deceuninck-QuickStep Jason Osborne, Stan Van Tricht; Ineos Grenadiers Luke Plapp; Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux Maxime Jarnet, Dries De Pooter, Stijn Daemen. Trek-Segafredo Filippo Baroncini, Daan Hoole, Asbjørn Hellemose; Team BikeExchange Choon Huat Goh; UAE Team Emirates Felix Groß; PRT: Androni-Sidermec Cristian Rocchetta, Samuele Zambelli, Manuele Tarozzi; Arkéa – Samsic Mathis Le Barre, Kévin Vauquelin, Yannis Voisard; Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè Luca Colnaghi, Filippo Magli; Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB Ceriel Desal, Dorian De Maeght; B&B Hotels p/b KTM Florian Dauphin, Adrien Lagree, Axel Laurance; Burgos-BH Rodrigo Álvarez, Adrià Moreno; Caja Rural – RGA Pablo Garcia, Yesid Pira, Alberto Serrano; Eolo Kometa Vicente Hernaiz, David Martín, Davide Piganzoli; Equipo Kern Pharma Igor Arrieta, Ivan Cobo, Pau Miquel; Fundacion Euskaltel-Euskadi Unai Iribar, Asier Etxeberria; Gazprom-Rusvelo Riccardo Lucca, Fredrik Dversnes, Eirik Lunder; Rally Cycling Raphaël Parisella, Riley Sheehan, Charles-Etienne Chretien; Team TotalEnergies Thomas Bonnet, Emilien Jeannière, Alan Jousseaume; Vini Zabù Gregorio Ferri, Giulio Masotto, Riccardo Tosin.
Roux, Lienhard and Stewart extend their contracts with Groupama-FDJ. The Groupama-FDJ team has announced contract extensions for three of its riders: former French champion Anthony Roux, Swiss rider Fabian Lienhard and Briton Jake Stewart. Roux and Lienhard have signed for another year, while Stewart is now tied to his team until 2024. Groupama-FDJ is thus securing its 21-year-old talent for the long term, Stewart took 2nd place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this year. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Groupama – FDJ – IN Lewis Askey (NeoPro), Michael Storer (Team DSM), Quentin Pacher (B&B Hôtels p/b KTM), Bram Welten (Team Arkéa Samsic); OUT Simon Guglielmi (Team Arkéa Samsic), Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT Alexys Brunel (?); END OF CONTRACT William Bonnet, Alexys Brunel, Mickael Delage, Romain Seigle; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Bruno Armirail (24), Lewis Askey (23), Matteo Badilatti (22), Clément Davy (22), Arnaud Démare (23), Antoine Duchesne (22), David Gaudu (23), Kevin Geniets (22), Jacopo Guarnieri (22), Ignatas Konovalovas (22), Stefan Kung (23), Mathieu Ladagnous (22), Olivier Le Gac (22), Fabian Lienhard (22), Tobias Ludvigsson (22), Valentin Madouas (24), Rudy Molard (24), Quentin Pacher (23), Thibaut Pinot (23), Sébastien Reichenbach (22), Anthony Roux (22), Ramon Sinkeldam (22), Miles Scotson (23), Jake Stewart (24), Michael Storer (23), Attila Valter (22), Lars van den Berg (22), Bram Welten (23).
According to Marca, several teams are following the evolution of the Colombian Nairo Quintana (Team Arkéa-Samsic), since his contract runs until 2022 and his future is still uncertain. Among the monitoring teams: AG2R Citroën Team, who could make him their leader for the Grand Tours, Bora-hansgrohe, who have just recruited his compatriot Sergio Higuita and finally, the Bahrain-Victorious team, in order to support Damiano Caruso and Mikel Landa. Emmanuel Hubert, the general manager of Team Arkéa-Samsic, has totally denied a possible departure of his leader.
In an interview to the Italian sport newspaper “La Gazzetta”, Vinokourov stated that there are no problems for the Vincenzo Nibali deals that should be signed very soon and that Astana is also closed to Elia Viviani (he could sign this week). Vinokurov offered to Viviani manager Lombardi a two-year contract. Nibali and Moscon have been in the sights of Astana for some time now, and with Elia Viviani the team will start to get a new shape. Viviani has also two more options on the table: the British Ineos-Grenadiers and the Belgian Deceuninck-Quick Step and today there will be a meeting with the directors of Cofidis, who will try to keep him in their team.
The 21 years old German sprinter Kim Heiduk (Lotto Kern Haus) to Ineos? Source: @CyclingTransfers reporting a rumour from the german TV @sportschau. Heiduk full profile procyclingstats
Jumbo-Visma has contracted mountain biker Milan Vader for 2022. Multiple sources have confirmed this to WielerFlits. Vader will ride a combined mountain bike and road program. On Saturday afternoon the 25-year-old rider from Zeeland will compete at the World Mountain Bike Championships in Val di Sole.
At the end of his contract at the end of the season, Diego Rosa should not be renew with Arkéa-Samsic. The 32-year-old Italian, who joined the French team in 2020, has never achieved the expected results. However, the Italian climber could soon find a new home as he is expected to join EOLO Kometa next season, according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport.
According to Diario de Navarra, Caja Rural-RGA will significantly renew its roster for 2022. At least five members of the 2021 squad will not continue with the Navarre-based team at the end of this season. The sprinter Jon Aberasturi, yesterday confirmed his departure to Trek-Segafredo. Colombian Alejandro Osorio, has also confirmed his departure for Team-Bahrain, and Jon Irisarri, 25, will retire at the end of 2021. There will be at least two other departures, which have not yet been announced.
Caja Rural-RGA does not plan to transfer any rider from its development team, and has already made a couple of signings: Czech Michal Schlegel (Elkov – Kasper), 26, who raced in the WTT CCC three years ago and the Portuguese Iuri Leitao, 23.
Belgian Boris Vallée of Bingoal – Pauwels Sauces – WB will certainly quit at the end of the season. At only 28 years old, he has decided to free himself from the pressures of professional cycling.
Australian Jay Vine, who was recruited after winning the Zwift Cycling Academy in 2020 and is currently competing in the Vuelta, has had his contract renewed with Alpecin-Fenix until the end of 2023.
Hugo Hofstetter joins Team Arkéa-Samsic for two years. After Alexis Renard, who has signed up with the Cofidis team for the next two seasons, another French rider from the Israel Start-Up Nation is returning home as Hugo Hofstetter will be a rider of Team Arkéa-Samsic in 2022 and 2023. Fast in the sprint and with good predispositions for the northern classics, the Alsatian had joined the Israeli team in 2020 from Cofidis. Hofstetter won last year Le Samyn.
Magnus Sheffield left the American Team Rally on the 18 August. On his twitter account the 19 year old Sheffield said “I have left Rally Cycling as of August 18th. I have deep gratitude for all of the experiences and opportunities the team provided to me. I wish my teammates and the team nothing but the best.” A WTT is is possible destination. Here his full profile.
Pieter Serry have renew for two years with Quick Step.
Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural) signs with Trek-Segafredo. The Basque sprinter will add options in tough sprints and has obtained 15 pro victories during his career. The 32-year-old from Vitoria-Gasteiz signed a contract that will see him ride for Trek-Segafredo through 2023.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio (@ Gazzetta dello Sport), Team Rusvelo is ready to recruit in 2022: Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec), Kevin Rivera (ex Bardiani) and Nicola Conci (Trek – Segafredo).
Otto Vergaerde signs with Trek-Segafredo until 2023. The American team Trek-Segafredo has signed Otto Vergaerde from Alpecin-Fenix on Thursday morning. He will be under contract with the team until 2023 and reinforce the team for the Classics. After three years with Alpacin and working for his leader Mathieu van der Poel, Vergaerde will support Jasper Stuyven and Edward Theuns, both good person friends.
Nicolas Edet leaves Cofidis and signs for Arkéa-Samsic. Nicolas Edet, who turned professional in 2011 with Cofidis and has remained with the team since, will ride for Team Arkéa-Samsic for the next two seasons. The Breton team announced this in a press release on Wednesday, Edet being the fourth recruit for 2022 after Kévin Vauquelin (VC Rouen 76), Alessandro Verre (Team Colpack Ballan) and Simon Guglielmi (Groupama-FDJ). Nicolas Edet, was the KOM winner on the Vuelta a España in 2013 and the GC winner of Tour du Limousin in 2018.
Jannik Steimle is the latest rider to have extended his agreement with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, the team for which he turned pro at the beginning of 2020 following a short but successful spell as a stagiaire, for two more years. In his first year with the Wolfpack, the German was the winner of the Tour of Slovakia.
Jelle Vanendert will soon put an end to a fifteen-year cycling career. The former rider of Française des Jeux and Lotto Soudal, who currently rides for Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, will say goodbye to cycling on Wednesday, September 15 during the Grand Prix de Wallonie. A Tour de France stage winner, the Belgian climber was several time a protagonist in the Ardenne Classics. Here is full profile procyclingstats.
30-year-old Adrien Petit is moving from Team TotalEnergies to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. This was confirmed to WielerFlits by several sources. Adrien Petit started his professional career in 2011 at Cofidis, where he stayed for more than five years. Victory in the Tro-Bro Léon (2014) and a prologue victory in the Tour of Luxembourg (2015) earned him a transfer to Direct Energie. Since 2016 the Frenchman has been part of Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team, which will have a new leader in Peter Sagan in 2022. Petit can also play a role in the new spring core around Alexander Kristoff at the Belgian team.
Simon Guglielmi signs for two years with Arkéa-Samsic. A few weeks ago, its present team, Groupama-FDJ, made clear that they had no intention to extend Guglielmi’s contract. Now, the 24-year-old rider has signed for the next two seasons with the team managed by Manu Hubert.
After announcing, the extension of contract for Miguel Ángel López for the next two seasons, Movistar Team confirmed six other names from its current roster will stay with the team until the end of 2023: German Juri Hollmann, Colombian Einer Rubio, Portuguese Nelson Oliveira and Spaniards Antonio Pedrero, Jorge Arcas and Carlos Verona.
Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X) signs with Trek-Segafredo. The 26-year-old Norwegian will reinforce the team Classics squad through 2023. Hoelgaard signed a two-year deal. Hoelgaard, from Stavanger, just finished the Tour of Norway in 4th position and top-10 finishes in every stage.
Cycling team Jumbo-Visma has signed for the next two years with Frenchman Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Belgian rider Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto). Laporte will be useful also to assist Wout Van Aert in the classics, while Van der Sande can be a valid support for sprinter Dylan Groenewegen.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Lotto Soudal – IN Arnaud De Lie (NeoPro), Rüdiger Selig (Bora); OUT John Degenkolb (DSM), Kobe Goossens (Intermarché), Tomasz Marczysnki (Retire), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin), Gerbe Thijssen (Intermarché), Tosh Van Der Sande (Jumbo); RUMOURED: IN; OUT; END OF CONTRACT Steff Cras, Matthew Holmes; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Filippo Conca (22), Jasper De Buyst (22), Thomas De Gendt (22), Arnaud De Lie (23), Caleb Ewan (24), Frederik Frison (23), Philippe Gilbert (22), Sebastien Grignard (22), Roger Kluge (22), Andreas Kron (22), Kamil Malecki (22), Sylvan Moniquet (22), Rüdiger Selig (23), Harry Sweeney (22), Maxim Van Gils (22), Harm Vanhoucke (22), Brent Van Moer (23), Xandres Vervloesem (22), Florian Vermeersch (22), Viktor Verschaeve (22), Tim Wellens (22).
The BORA-hansgrohe team for next season is taking shape. The German team announces the arrival of Jonas Koch from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert with a two years contract and the 18 years old German neo pro Luis-Joe Lührs, who signed for 3year. Luhrs full profile @ procyclingstats. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Bora – Hansgrohe – IN Cian Uijtdebroeks (NeoPro), Sam Bennett (Deceuninck), Jonas Koch (Intermarché), Ryan Mullen (Trek), Danny Van Poppel (Intermaarché), Shane Archbold (Quick-Step), Sergio Higuita (EF), Jai Hindley (DSM), Marco Haller (Bahrain – Victorious), Luis-Joe Lührs (NeoPro), Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana); OUT Pascal Ackermann (UAE), Maciej Bodnar (TotalEnergies), Rudiger Selig (Bora), Andreas Schillinger (Retire), Juraj Sagan (TotalEnergies), Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies), Daniel Oss (TotalEnergies); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT Maximilian Schachmann (Bahrain); END OF CONTRACT Erik Baška, Marcus Burghardt, Anton Palzer, Michael Schwarzmann; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Giovanni Aleotti (23), Shane Archbold (23), Cesare Benedetti (22), Sam Bennett (23), Emanuel Buchmann (24), Matteo Fabbro (23), Patrick Gamper (22), Felix Grossschartner (22), Marco Haller (24), Sergio Higuita (24), Jai Hindley (24), Lennard Kämna (22), Wilco Kelderman (22), Jonas Koch (23), Patrik Konrad(23), Martin Laas (22), Luis-Joe Lührs (24), Jordi Meeus (24), Ryan Mullen (23), Nils Politt (23), Lukas Postlberger (22), Maximilian Schachmann (24), Ide Schelling (23), Cian Uijtdebroeks (24), Danny Van Poppel (23), Aleksandr Vlasov (24), Matthew Walls (22), Frederik Wandahl (22), Ben Zwiehoff (22).
UAE Emirates has extended the contracts of four riders. Sprinter Fernando Gaviria signed until the end of 2022, just like the 2013 world champion Rui Costa and Jan Polanc. UAE Team Emirates have also confermed the renewal of Alessandro Covi ‘s contract for another three years. The 22 years old Italian, second and third in this year Giro d’Italia stages, will race with the team at least until the end of 2024.
Uno-X Pro Cycling continues to strengthen its squad for the 2022 season. After the arrival of Jonas Gregaard (Astana-Premier Tech) and Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo), the Scandinavian team announced today the signing of sprinter and Danish rider, Lasse Norman Hansen (Qhubeka NextHash). The 29-year-old, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympics and a gold in the madison paired with Michael Morkov. Hansen has signed a contract valid until the end of 2023.
Sport Vlaanderen has signed the 20 year old Vito Braet (Lotto Soudal U23), offering him a contract for the next two seasons. For Braet full profile here.
Arkéa-Samsic team has signed young Italian Alessandro Verre, who will join the Breton team next year and for the next three seasons. Currently a member of Team Colpack Ballan, the 19 year old rider showed his credential this year by winning a stage in the Giro del Valle d’Aosta and finishing 6th in the U23 Giro d’Italia.
Team Cofidis has announced a new recruit: François Bidard from (AG2R). The 29 year old French climber, regularly trains with Guillaume Martin, have signed a two year agreement with CédricVasseur ‘s team.
Alexis Renard, 22, from Saint-Brieuc is joining Cofidis after two seasons with Israel-Start-Up Nation. The Breton rider, French amateur champion in 2019 and 3rd in the Tour of Wallonia this year has signed up for two seasons.
Cériel Desal turns pro at Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. Desal signed a contract up to the end of the 2023 season. His full profile here.
Fuglsang’s agent, Moreno Nicoletti, told Danish TV 2 SPORT, about the uncertain surrounding Jakob Fuglsang, 36, future is expected to be in place in the foreseeable future. At the end of the season his contract his expiring with Astana and currently no offers are on the table. Nicoletti have spoken with Quick-Step, Israel Start-Up Nation and Astana, but with nothing concrete to report yet and hoping in some development after the Vuelta.
Odd Christan Eiking, according to journalist Jarle Fredagsvik, is expected to soon announce the renewal of his contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert.
According to le Télégramme, Julien Simon is signing for one more year with TotalEnergies and Arkéa-Samsic is very interested in Simon Guglielmi, who has not been confirmed by Groupama-FDJ.
Caja Rural is interested in the Portuguese rider Iuri Leitão (Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua) into its ranks next year. Leitão is a very sprinter aged 23 who has won recently 2 stages at the Volta ao Alentejo.
Benjamin Thomas, 25, will ride for the next two season with Cofidis. The current French time trial champion, bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympic Games in track cycling, is start with Cofidis after 4 seasons with the Groupama-FDJ team. Twice time-trials French champion, in La Haye-Fouassière in 2019 and last June in Épinal, he also had stage victories at the Tour de Wallonie and the 4 Jours de Dunkerque (2017).
Rémi Cavagna extends with Deceuninck – Quick-Step. The Frenchman will stay with the team until at least the end of 2023. Rémi Cavagna joined the Wolfpack in 2017 and has since turned into one of the best time trialists in the world, the victories he got at the French Championships, Tour de Romandie or Tour de Pologne. The Frenchman’s also won solo stages at the Vuelta a España, Tour of California and the Road Nationals, where just two months ago he was crowned champion after an entire day spent in the breakaway.
Austrian rider Félix Gall, 23, who currently rides for Team DSM, has committed to two seasons with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM starting January 1, 2022. Gall, a climber, will be the first Austrian rider to join the AG2R CITROËN TEAM since its creation in 1992. After Paul Lapeira (2 years) and Valentin Paret Peintre (3 years), both from the AG2R CITROËN U23 team, Clément Berthet, who joined the team from 1 August 2021 through 2024, and Antoine Raugel (2 years), Felix Gall is the fifth rider to sign for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team DSM – IN John Degenkolb (Lotto), Leon Heinschke (NeoPro), Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Frederik Rodenberg Madsen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Marius Mayrhofer (NeoPro), Henri Vandenabeele (NeoPro); OUT Félix Gall (AG2R), Michael Storer (Gruporama-FDJ), Jai Hindley (Bora), Max Kanter (?), Martijn Tusveld (Jumbo-Visma)?; RUMOURED: IN ; OUT Tiesj Benoot (Intermarché), Ilan Van Wilder (Intermarché, ?); END OF CONTRACT Chad Haga, Nils Eekhoff, Nicolas Roche, Martin Salmon, Jasha Sütterlin; CURRENT 2022 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Thymen Arensman (22), Nikias Arndt (22), Tiesj Benoot (22), Romain Bardet (22), Cees Bol (22), Marco Brenner (24), Romain Combaud (22), Alberto Dainese (23), John Degenkolb (24), Nico Denz (22), Mark Donovan (22), Chris Hamilton (22), Leon Heinschke (23), Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (23), Søren Kragh Andersen (22), Andreas Leknessund (23), Frederik Rodenberg Madsen (23), Niklas Markl (22), Marius Mayrhofer (23), Joris Nieuwenhuis (23), Casper Pedersen (23), Florian Stork (22), Henri Vandenabeele (23), Ilan Van Wilder (22), Kevin Vermaerke (22).
From the Vuelta in an interview with VeloClub, Dmitriy Fofonov, who is currently leading the Astana-Premiertech team at the Vuelta, confirmed that both Omar Fraile and Ion Izaguirre should remain with the team next year, and did not deny news about the departures of Alex Aranburu, Oscar Rodriguez and Gorka Izaguirre in the direction of Movistar. The team seems to be now very closed to sign Vincenzo Nibali (Trek) and are evaluating opportunities to sign Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain – Victorious) and Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA).
Anthon Charmig, 23 years old, has signed an extension with the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team until 2023. The Dane has had a very good season, taking 2nd place overall in the Alpes Isère Tour, 6th in the Tour of Turkey and more recently 7th in the Tour of Denmark. Known as a good climber, the native of Aarhus represents one of the best hopes of the Norwegian team and of Danish cycling since he finished 2nd of the U23 European Championships.
Another rider from the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team who could be on the verge of joining the WorldTour is Julius Johansen, Ekstrabladet reports that the 21 year old Dane is close to joining Intermarché Wanty Gobert.
A few days after the announcement of the recruitment of Pierre Barbier (Team Delko), B&B Hotels p/b KTM has made official a new arrival for next season, that of German rider Miguel Heidemann, who has signed until 2023. A time trial specialist, the 2021 German time trial runner-up to Tony Martin (Team Jumbo-Visma) has spent the last two years with the Leopard Pro Cycling team.
Strengthening their team for one day races, Team DSM have announced that the Norwegian Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (22) and the Danish Frederik Rodenberg Madsen (23), both currently racing for Uno-X Pro Cycling Team will join the team next season, riding in the team’s colours until at least the end of 2023.
Luca Rastelli will turn professional with Bardiani CSF Faizanè. The junior vice-world time trial champion in 2017 has signed a two-year contract with Bruno and Roberto Reverberi’s team. The class 1999 joins Iker Bonillo, Omar El Gouzi, Alessio Martinelli and Luca Colnaghi, already announced in the last weeks by the Italian professional team.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport – Ciro Scognamiglio, after 3 seasons Ivan Ramiro Sosa should leave Ineos Granadier at the end of 2021. His italian agent, Giuseppe Acquadro, is working for a solution to bring the Colombian to Movistar. In addition, Gianni Moscon, after six season, is likely to be leaving Ineos-Granadiers as well. Rumours are suggesting Astana as his next destination.
The new Drone Hopper by Gianni Savio and Marco Bellini is gradually composing. The team, which will have the Spanish company as its first name, has in fact made official a new engagement for the 2022 season. This is Eduard Grosu, a Romanian sprinter who will turn 29 on 4 September. A professional since 2014, Grosu currently runs for French team Delko. The words of Gianni Savio welcomed the rider who in his professional career has achieved twenty successes: «Eduard Grosu is a good sprinter who has won several races, including the Ronde Van Limburg, an important Belgian classic. We welcome him with enthusiasm into our team and we believe that he will be able to be a protagonist from the beginning of next season»
Now it is official, Davide Cimolai signed for 2 seasons with Cofidis. After three years, Cimolai will leave Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of the season to join the French team.
Trek-Segafredo have signed Simon Pellaud. Swiss-born and Colombian by adoption, will wear Trek-Segafredo jersey for the next two years (2022-2023). Pellaud, who turns 29 in November, become professional year was in 2015 with IAM Cycling, but with the team folding the following year, he restarted in the Continental level with USA-based Team Illuminate. After two seasons in the United States, he returned to Switzerland and joined Pro Team Androni-Sidermec, where he showed off his skills as a tireless attacker, notably at the Giro d’Italia. His palmares include the Swiss U23 Championship in 2013, a stage at the 2018 Tour of Hainan, and two silver medals at the Swiss Elite Championship, 2019 and 2021.
Jonas Gregaard (Astana) after 3.5 years in the Kazakh team, have rejoined Uno-X Pro Cycling Team. The 25 years old Danish rider have signed for 2 seasons.
The Astana team’s is set to continue in 2022. The team’s Kazakh shareholders confirmed that they will continue as team owner and main sponsor for the upcoming season. Alexandr Vinokurov has been reappointed as Sports Team Principal for the 2022 season and will oversee the rider and staff recruitment and sporting operations. Announcements regarding rider contract extension and new rider signings will be made in the near future.
The experienced Tomasz Marczynski, currently riding on the Tour of Poland, will not be in the peloton next year either. The Lotto Soudal rider made his decision official on his home roads.
Victor Lafay has extended his contract with the Cofidis team for a further two seasons until 2023. After turning professional in 2018 with the team led by Cédric Vasseur, Lafay has only this year expressed his full potentiality winning a stage at the Giro d’Italia, and finishing third in the Arctic Race of Norway a few days ago.
Bahrain Victorious has announced the signing of young Polish rider Filip Maciejuk, who will be joining the team for the 2022-2023 seasons. The 21-year-old – who has spent the last four seasons with the Continental Team Leopard Pro Cycling – has now signed his first World Tour contract with Bahrain Victorious for the next two seasons. Filip Maciejuk is a time trial specialist and a bronze medalist at the World Championships Men Juniors in 2017. This season, he won the General Classification of L’Etoile d’Or (a UCI Nations Cup race), taking the opening Individual Time Trial and he was also silver medallist at the Polish National ITT Championships. Maciejuk is currently riding at the Tour de Pologne wearing the jersey of the Poland National Team.
After Biniam Girmay, who is already joined the team, and the Norwegians Alexander Kristoff and Sven Erik Bystrom (UAE-Team Emirates), the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team continues its recruitment for the 2022 season, The French team announced today that it has signed Gerben Thijssen (23) and Kobe Goossens (25), the two riders from the Lotto Soudal team, as well as Laurens Huys (22), from Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team, for the next two years. While the first two are climbers, Gerben Thijssen is a sprinter.
The 29-year-old French sprinter Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotel) has signed for Cofidis for two years. As a pro rider, the Frenchman has achieved 45 victories so far. He won the Étoile de Bessèges six times, the Boucles de la Mayenne four times and the Circuit Pays-de-la-Loire three times. He also won the 4 jours de Dunkerque and the Route Adélie.
Done deal for Davide Cimolai in Cofidis? Cimolai should leave Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of the season to join Cofidis in 2022. An official announcement on the recruitment of Cimolai or Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels p/b KTM) or both is expected later today.
Stefano Oldani will ride with Alpecin – Fenix starting from next season. The Italian rider leaves after two seasons Lotto Soudal, the team with which he debuted among the professionals, to join Mathieu van der Poel’s team, with which he signed a two-year contract.
Fabio Aru (Qhubeka) will retire at the end of the Vuelta a España 2021. The 31 year old Sardinian rider has made a surprise announcement after three years of injuries and disappointment and have chosen to end his professional career at the end of the Vuelta where he was the winner in 2015. During his ten years as a professional, in addition to the Vuelta in 2015, he was twice on the podium at the Giro d’Italia (third in 2014 and second in 2015), won seven stage in the Grand Tours (three at the Giro, two at the Vuelta and one at the Tour de France), as well as the Italian Championships in 2017.
The exodus of riders out of Delko continues. The team has been experiencing financial difficulties for a few months now. After losing Biniam Ghirmay and Clement Berthet, who moved respectively to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and Ag2r Citroën, next year also Pierre Barbier will leave joining B&B Hotels p/b KTM. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who has signed a contract valid for the next two years, is the younger brother of the more famous Rudy, Barbier is a sprinter who won the third stage of the Tour of Bulgaria in 2020.
Just before the start the Vuelta a España 2021, Movistar has renewed the contract of Miguel Angel Lopez, signing a two-year contract extending up to 2023. which brings the new expiry date to 2023.
In an interview with Wielerlifts, the Team DSM Head Coach Rudi Kemna, explained that Ilan Van Wilder will not be released from his contractual obligations and that Felix Gall, Max Kanter and Martijn Tusveld expiring contracts will not be renewed. In addition, they have have announced the signing of two youngsters from their development team until the end of 2023: Marius Mayrhofer and Leon Heinschke. Born in 2000, Mayrhofer is a sprinter and was third in the opening stage Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Heinschke ( 21), is the former German Under-23 champion.
According to La Voix du Nord, Alexys Brunel will not be extended by the Groupama-FDJ team. Despite finishing , the Boulogne-sur-Mer native is struggling to convince the entire staff of the French team. Brunel joined the team in 2018 as a trainee and was then confirmed in the WorldTour squad in 2020. Third in the French time trial championships, he has one victory as a Pro: a stage on the Étoile de Bessèges. In addition, Anthony Roux will continue to ride for Groupama-FDJ. The 34-year-old has been racing professionally since 2008, is in the process of signing a one-year contract extension. “I haven’t signed yet, but I’ve got the team’s approval,” the 2018 national champion told the local press.
After 8 years, Tony Gallopin returns to Trek. The 33-year-old Frenchman has signed a two-year deal which will see him race with us through 2023. Gallopin previously raced with the Trek family in 2012 and 2013 when he won Clásica San Sebastian.
As for previous rumours, Team Manager Marc Madiot has confirmed to L’Equipe, that after four years, Benjamin Thomas will leave Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season. Thomas, the recent Madison bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympics and French time trial champion will is expected to ride for Cofidis in 2022.
Premier-Tech towards Qhubeka NextHash and with them Fuglsang, Boaro and possibly Lutsenko. After three stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, now, for Douglas Ryder’s Qhubeka NextHash, the doors are opening wide for a possible agreement with Premier Tech. Jakob Fuglsang, Alexey Lutsenko and Manuele Boaro are also likely to follow, and could then join the Qhubeka team which has a surprising good season so far. Premier-Tech, officially separated from Astana on 6 August, left the Kazakh team after a five-year partnership.
Nico Denz (27) and Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (29) have extended their contracts at Team DSM for another season. The German and the Dane have been tied to the German WorldTour team until the end of 2022.
George Bennett signs a 2 year deal with UAE Team Emirates. The NewZealander veteran palmares include the Tour of California in 2017, a solo win at the Gran Piemonte, an Italian semi-classic in 2020 and two top-10 Grand Tour finishes at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta España.
Antoine Raugel, 22, who rode for the Groupama FDJ continental team this season, will join the AG2R CITROËN TEAM for two seasons starting in 2022. Raugel, who was the French road racing champion U19 in 2017 and
3rd in Paris-Troyes this year, was already a stagiaires for AG2R in the second part of the 2020 season.
The latest addition to EF Education–NIPPO for the 2022 season is Colombian rider Esteban Chaves. Riding in the WorldTour since 2014, Chaves is a two-time grand tour podium finisher, won stages at Giro and Vuelta and the Monument Classic Lombardia in 2016.
François Bidard to join Cofidis, the Norman rider François Bidard will spend his last months with the AG2R Citroën Team, with whom he has been racing since 2014. According to Actu.fr, he will be riding for the Cofidis team from January 2022, where he should be a good lieutenant for its leader Guillaume Martin.
According to Charles Marsault, from Velo-Club.net, the exodus continues at Delko, and according to his sources, the Romanian Eduard-Michael Grosu will go to Drone Hopper (Androni-Sidermec) and the Spanish José Manuel Díaz to Intermarché.
Ramon Sinkeldam, Ignatas Konovalovas and Miles Scotson have extended their contracts with Groupama-FDJ. Konovalovas and Sinkeldam have extended for another season, while Scotson has signed until 2023. Arnaud Démare can carry on with receiving their support for his sprinting. In addition, the 24 year old Dutch sprinter Bram Welten (Team Arkéa Samsic) joins as well for two seasons.
Alvaro Hodeg signs with UAE Team Emirates for two years. The UAE Team Emirates continues its recruitment campaign. After signing Joao Almeida, Pascal Ackermann and Marc Soler, the Emirates team has signed Colombian rider Alvaro Hodeg for the next two seasons. A member of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team since 2018, the 24-year-old sprinter has never fully express his undoubted potential. Is Gaviria on his way out?
Corbin Strong signs with Israel Start-Up Nation for 3 years. The Israel Start-Up Nation team has announced the signing of New Zealander Corbin Strong for the next three years. Strong, who is only 21 years old, is a track specialist and became world champion in the points race in 2020. He was present at the Tokyo Olympic Games in recent days where he finished 11th in the American race with Campbell Stewart. However, Corbin Strong has also shone on the road with his current team SEG Racing Academy, winning the New Zealand Cycle Classic earlier this season.
Trek – Segafredo announces five renewals among its classics specialists riders. Alex Kirsch, Emil Liepins, Quinn Simmons, Edward Theuns, all signed a two-year contract until 2023, and Alexander Kamp, who has signed for one-year.
William Blume Levy (ColoQuick)joins Uno-X Pro Cycling Team. The Uno-X Pro Cycling Team has announced a new recruit: William Blume Levy, a 20 year old Danish rider. He has signed for the next three seasons with the Norwegian team. Blume Levy already has a good reputation due to his very good results in the junior ranks, including his victory in the Tour of Flanders Juniores in 2019.
Aleksandr Vlasov joins BORA-hansgrohe for three years! After Sam Bennett and Shane Archbold (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo), Sergio Higuita (EF Education-NIPPO), Jai Hindley (Team DSM) and Marco Haller (Bahrain Victorious), the German team has officially announced the recruitment of Aleksandr Vlasov, the russian climber of the Astana-Premier Tech team. This is a new important reinforcement for BORA-hansgrohe, which adds to its squad a rider who finished this year fourth in the Giro d’Italia, second in Paris-Nice and third in the Tour of the Alps.
A two year contract for Marc Soler (Movistar). Also the Catalan rider signs with UAE Team Emirates. ”I’m coming here with a lot of excitement and with desire to work hard and and enjoy this new chapter”, said Soler in the announcement.
According to Alexander Paillou (VeloClubDuNet), Miguel Angel Lopez have signed for another year with Movistar.
Another expected move is now official. Pascal Ackermann will defend the colours of UAE Team Emirates in the coming years. The German sprinter comes over from BORA-hansgrohe and signs a contract for two seasons.
Jon Aberasturi to Trek-Segafredo. Jon Aberasturi seems to be on his way to Trek-Segafredo. According to the Spanish newspaper El Correo Álava, the 32-year-old Spaniard, currently in Caja Rural – Seguros RG, is ready to sign a contract for two seasons. Aberasturi won a stage in the Tour of Slovenia this year.
And Juraj Sagan follows his brother! A two year contract signed for Team TotalEnergies.
Biniam Girmay Hailu (Delko) has been added to the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert roster with immediate effect. The 21-year old Eritrean will already make his debut next Monday at the Tour of Poland. Girmay Hailu, who currently lives in Italy, signed a deal until the end of 2024.
As already reported at the end of July, Matteo Sobrero is set to join Team BikeExchange. Italian time trial champion and third in the last Tour of Slovenia, Matteo Sobrero (Astana – PremierTech) will change team next season. According to Ciro Scognamiglio, a journalist specialising in cycling at La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Astana rider is about to sign up with the Team BikeExchange team. All that is missing is the official announcement of the Australian WorldTeam, which would sign its first reinforcement for 2022.
UAE Team Emirates, official the arrival of João Almeida with a contract until 2027.
Alan Boileau, who is under contract until 2022, is extending with B&B Hotels p/b KTM team. According to Le Télégramme, the 22-year-old rider is ready to conclude the agreement to ride with the French team for an additional season (until 2023). In his first season as a Pro rider, Boileau won three stages in the Tour of Rwanda.
The ambitious Norwegian Uno-X Pro Cycling Team has made a new recruitment signing Danish rider Niklas Eg. After four seasons with Trek-Segafredo, the 26-year-old rider has signed with the Norwegian team until 2023. Very promising among the youth categories, with a third place in the 2017 Tour de l’Avenir behind Egan Bernal and Bjorg Lambrecht, Niklas Eg results in the last two seasons have been rather disappointing, and Eg is looking for a new opportunity.
The 24 year old Sandy Dujardin (Vendée U) will be a Team TotalEnergies rider for the next two seasons. Known as a good puncher, he will be supporting the new team recruits such as Peter Sagan.
After a few difficult years at Trek-Segafredo (2017-2019) and at Lotto-Soudal (2020-2021), German John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) is returning to Team DSM, the team he rode for from 2012 to 2016 when it was called Argos-Shimano and Giant-Alpecin. The 33 year old has signed a three-year deal ending in 2024. Degenkolb won 36 races in his career, and his palmares includes 10 stages in the Vuelta, 1 in the Giro, Gent-Wevelgem (2014), Paris-Roubaix (2015) and Milan-Sanremo (2015). and a stage win at the Giro D’Italia.
No more Philipp Walsleben in the professional peloton next season. The 33-year-old German rider from Alpecin-Fenix has announced that he will stop racing after this year. “I’ve been thinking about stopping for a long time,” Walsleben said.
The second signing of Gianni Savio’s new Drone Hopper (Androni-Sidermec) PRT team is Umberto Marengo. The 29-year-old Piedmontese rider, arriving from Bardiani CSF-Faizanè. Marengo, who won a stage at the Tour of Utah in his career and duelled with Simon Pellaud at the Giro d’Italia, where he finished second in the breakaway kilometres classification behind the Swiss rider.
The 20-year-old Conti Groupama-FDJ Lewis Askey will join the WorldTour team for the next two seasons. Since 2020, the Briton is the seventh rider to move up to the WT Groupama-FDJ from their development team, after Kevin Geniets, Simon Guglielmi, Alexys Brunel, Lars van den Berg, Clément Davy and his compatriot Jake Stewart. “We want to create a real group for the Classics with young riders of which Stefan Küng, Jake Stewart, Fabian Lienhard and Lewis Askey will be the base. This is a long-term project,” said sport director Yvon Madiot in a statement.
Spanish Juan Pedro Lopez, Frenchmen Kenny Elissonde and Julien Bernard have renewed their contracts with Trek-Segafredo until 2023. Also the 20 year old Italian Antonio Tiberi renewed up to 2024 and finally Antonio Nibali has signed for a further season, therefore the Sicilian will not be riding with his brother Vincenzo, who is leaving the team.
Ben Gastauer will retire at the end of this season. The Ag2r Citroën rider revealed that due physical problems. Since mid-April he is no longer able to compete at a high level and for the first two months he was unable to sit on his bike. The Luxembourger has therefore decided to leave professional cycling and will end his career on the roads of his home country at the Tour of Luxembourg from 14-18 September. The class of ’87 has spent his entire career with the French team, including two victories, a stage and the general classification at the 2015 Tour du Haut Var.
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux has officially announced the signing of two Norwegian riders Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), winner of 79 pro races, and Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates), former U23 World Champion, for the 2022 season. The duo both from Stravanger signed a signed a two year deal with the French team.
In an interview to Cyclingnews, Cofidis team manager Cedric Vasseur said that the French team has not made any attempt to sign Geraint Thomas from Ineos Grenadiers but Vasseur confirmed interest in getting on board Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).
BORA – hansgrohe further strengthens its roster: presenting Jai Hindley, Sergio Higuita and Marco Haller as new signings. Ralph Denk’s team is strengthening itself on different fronts, thereby also initiating strategic changes. All riders will be under contract with BORA – hansgrohe for at least the next three years.
Michael Storer time with Team DSM is coming to an end. Next season he will be a Groupama-FDJ rider. Thee 24 year old Australian recently dominated the Tour de l’Ain. In addition, Marc Madiot’s team has announced the arrival of Quentin Pacher (B&B Hôtels p/b KTM). Both young and good climbers, they will be able to fulfil personal ambitions as well as to help their team leaders David Gaudu and Thibaut Pinot in stage races. The two recruits have signed a contract for two seasons.
It seems that João Almeida (Quick-Step) will ride alongside Tadej Pogačar in the coming years, together with talents Juan Ayuso (18 Colpack-Ballan) and Finn Fisher-Black (19 Jumbo-Visma Development). After the Olympics, the sprinter Felix Groß (22 Rad-Net Rose) will also move to the UAE Team Emirates where next season he will also meet Pascal Ackermann (Bora). Negotiation are ongoing to reach agreements with Marc Soler (Movistar), Álvaro José Hodeg (Quick-Step). A lot of riders are also expected to leave the team: Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, David De la Cruz, Marco Marcato and Aleksandr Riabushenko. The Norwegian pair Alexander Kristoff and Sven Erik Bystrøm are also moving. Finally, Davide Formolo and Alessandro Covi are expected to sign for further 2 years, Fernando Gaviria seems to have accepted a reduced contract and Maximilliano Richeze is uncertain if retire or stay in the group stay for one more year.
At the end of the season, and after loosing Maarten Wynants and Paul Martens, both retired, Jumbo-Visma will loose three more riders leaving:Antwan Tolhoek (Trek-Segafredo), Christoph Pfingste (his contract will not be renewed) and George Bennett (UAE, Bahrein, Quebeka). On, the other hand Chris Harper has extended his expiring contract and Rohan Dennis, Christophe Laporte and Tosh Van der Sande will reinforce the roster. Finally, it seems that negotiations with Wout Poel have ended without any success.
Following San Sebastian win, Nelson Powless extends with team EF Education–NIPPO for 3 years. Jonathan Vaughters’s team have lost Tejay van Garderen and Mitchell Docker since both will retire, while Sergio Higuita has apparently signed with BORA-hansgrohe. Meanwhile, Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange) should join with his talented compatriot Didier Merchan (22, Colombia Tierra de Atletas-GW Bicicletas). According to unconfirmed sources also the 20 year old Irish talent Ben Healy (Trinity Racing) would make the transfer as well the British 25-year-old James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling).
Peter Sagan signs with the ProTour Team TotalEnergies up to 2023. The three-time world champion to join French team with Specialized as new bike sponsor. He will join the Vendée-based team in the coming season, along with two very strong rouleurs, Polish rider Maciej Bodnar and Italian rider Daniel Oss. The Californian brand Specialized will now supply Team TotalEnergies, including helmets, shoes and tyres, as well as Roval wheels and components.
Sprinter Caleb Ewan has extended his contract at Lotto Soudal for an additional two years. The 27-year-old Australian will stay at the team till at least the end of 2024. Also Frederik Frison has extended his contract the end of 2023. Finally Rüdiger Selig (Bora) will join the Belgium team with a two-year agreement.
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert is strengthening its squad for the end of the season. Three new trainees will join the ranks of the Belgian team until the end of the year: the 22 years old French rider Maxime Jarnet, the Belgian Dries De Pooter and the Dutch rider Stijn Daemen.
According to Le Télégramme, Alexis Renard could join the Cofidis team in 2022. The 22-year-old Breton rider recently was third on the Tour of Wallonia. The Frenchman now with Israel Start-Up Nation was the French Amateur Champion in June 2019 and he is always considered one of the best young French talent. The Saint-Brieuc native had plenty of request for other teams including B&B Hotels p/b KTM and Arkéa-Samsic but decided to move in the French WT Cofidis.
The Norwegian team Uno-X, for example, have announced that from next year will be adding 20 year old Adne Holter to its roster, who has signed a contract until 2024. Uno X also has an agreement for next year with another 20 year old Marcus Sander Hansen, but he will race in the development team in 2022, before moving to the main team in 2023 and 2024
It is now official, after two years apart, Sam Bennett, who had previously spent six years in Ralph Denk’s team, will be returning to Bora- hansgrohe. With Danny van Poppel, Shane Archbold and Ryan Mullen, the Irishman will be joined by a powerful sprint squad. All four riders have received two-year contracts.
Iwan Spekenbrink’s Team DSM has lost Jai Hindley is going to BORA-hansgrohe and Martijn Tusveld to Jumbo-Visma, on the hand the German team has already secured for 2022, John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) returning in the team after five years.
Recently, Cyclingnews reported that Team Ineos Grenadiers‘s Leonardo Basso, Owain Doull, Sebastian Henao and Iván Ramiro Sosa would not have been offered a contract renewal . The same happened for the winner of the 2018 Tour de France, Geraint Thomas. In addition, Michał Gołaś and Cameron Wurf – both 37 years old – are retiring at the end of the season and there are rumours of Moscon in talks with QuickStep. No much to say about new entry in the team.
According to WielerFlits, Maurice Ballerstedt will make his professional debut with Alpecin-Fenix next year. The 20-year-old German in the past two seasons has been training with Jumbo-Visma Development Team but has now decided to move to the Belgian ProTeam. Here his profile @ procyclingstats.com
Koen De Kort has decided to retire, but remains with Trek – Segafredo as team manager support. The expert rider from Gouda, a few months ago he was victim of a terrible accident and had the amputation of three fingers and part of the right hand. The Italian team manager, Luca Guercilena, will also have to handle the loss of Vincenzo Nibali, expected to move to Astana with his younger brother Antonio Nibali, of Ryan Mullen moving to BORA-hansgrohe and Niklas Eg that should join Uno-X. Trek-Segafredo has already announced the signing of Filippo Baroncini, Asbjørn Hellemose and the Dutch and Daan Hoole (check full info on this on 12 July). According to several rumours, the 21-year-old Spanish talent Marc Brustenga (Caja Rural U23) together with Simon Pellaud (Androni), Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin-Fenix) and Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma) will also be added in team roster. Other persistent rumours are linking Tony Gallopin and Geraint Thomas to the American team.
“Lorenzo Fortunato and EOLO-KOMETA: the story continues! We are proud to announce that the winner of the Zoncolan stage of the last Giro d’Italia will wear the jersey of our team for the next two years..” Ending rumours on a possible move to a WT, a few minute ago, the official communication from the Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador team. Lorenzo Fortunato renews with EOLO-KOMETA for the next two years. Here the official communication @ eolokometacyclingteam.com
Next season, the South African team, Qhubeka-NextHash will loose Dimitri Claeys (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) and Lasse Norman Hansen (Uno-X), both pretty sure to leave the team, and they are at risk of having to say goodbye to the European champion Giacomo Nizzolo (many requests from other WT but under contract until 2022). Qhubeka has already promoted, from its development team, one of Africa’s greatest talents: Eritrean 21 year old Henok Mulubrhan (Qhubeka U23).
Eusebio Unzué’s Movistar will probably confirm Alejandro Valverde for one more year and is looking to reinforce the team with more Spaniards. Rumours are reporting contacts with Astana-Premier Tech brothers Gorka and Ion Izagirre, with the hill sprinter Alex Aranburu and with Óscar Rodríguez. In addition the signing of David De la Cruz (UAE-Emirates) seems to be a done deal.
For next season, the Roodhooft brothers’ team, Alpecin-Fenix, is expected to say goodbye to Otto Vergaerde (Trek-Segafredo) and Louis Vervaeke (Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl), the only new arrival rumoured so far is Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal).
With the exception of Brent Bookwalter (retiring) and Esteban Chaves (Trek, EF), the future of many of the Australian BikeExchange riders with expiring contract is still unsure. Mikel Nieve is now 37 and it may decide to retire and Christopher Juul-Jensen should have is contract extended, but it is not yet clear how things will end for Andrey Zeits, Tsgabu Grmay, Alexander Konychev and Barnabás Peák. BikeExchange is still interest on young talents and it is in talks with strong sprinters Jarrad Drizners (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Kelland O’Brien (Inform TMX Make). It seem sure that the 21-year-old Colombian Jesús David Peña, considered a great climbing talent, will soon be announced officially and the negotiation with the Italian time trial champion Matteo Sobrero is ongoing.
Patrick Lefevere’s team, called Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl next season, should add in its rank the 27 year old climber Louis Vervaeke and in addition, Gianni Moscon (Ineos). There are more rumour circulating with names such as Davide Cimolai, Daniel Martin, Jakob Fulgsang and Elia Viviani. João Almeida, Álvaro José Hodeg and Sam Bennett are sure to leave, with New-Zealander sprinter Shane Archbold (Bora) also on his way out.
Stan Van Tricht (SEG Racing Academy) will join Deceuninck-QuickStep as a stagiaire for the second part of the season. According to Directvelo, Van Tricht will join the WorldTour squad in the final three months of the season. The 21 year old Belgian, has already obtain some good results and this year, he was 3rd on International Tour of Rhodes, 7th on Circuit de Wallonie and Ronde Van Limburg. Van Tricht’s full profile
1 August (Cycling’s official transfer window opens)
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB has chosen two stagiaires for the second half of the season. They are Ceriel Desal and Dorian De Maeght. The Flemish Desal (EFC-L&R-Vulsteke) is a 21 year-old is an all-rounder with his team and this season he was second in the GP Rik Van Looy and third in the Boucles de l’Austreberthe and the GP Color Code-Bassenge. The 23 years old Dorian De Maeght (CT Borgonjon-Dewasport) was third, last week, in the Internatie Reningelst.
Antoine Raugel (Groupama-FDJ) to join AG2R Citroën. The 22 year old is one of the new hopes of French cycling and he will join AG2R Citroën in 2022. According to ledauephine.com, Antoine Raugel will leave the Groupama-FDJ continental team to join AG2R Citroën. Raugel full profile here.
It is now official and Clément Berthet will race with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM starting from today (contracted until the end of 2024).
Three stagiaires will be joining Vini Zabú: Gregorio Ferri (Casillo-Petroli Firenze), a 24 year old sprinter, the 22 year old Giulio Masotto (Zalf Euromobil Fior), another fast wheel, and the 23-year-old Ricardo Tosin (General Store Essegibi F.lli Curia), a rider for tougher courses.
Benjamin Thomas to leave Groupama-FDJ to sign for Cofidis. According to Gaspard Bremond (ouest-france.fr), the rider Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ), double French time trial champion, who will be competing in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this week in track cycling, will be leaving Groupama-FDJ to join the Cofidis team.
According to the Betsson Norge journalist Jarle Fredagsvik, One-X has already secured in its ranks the Danes Lasse Norman Hansen (Quebeka), Jonas Greegard (Astana) and Niklas Eg (TreK) for next season.
Cofidis have announced 3 new stagiaire: french amateur champion Axel Zingle, 2019 Peace Race winner Hugo Toumire and the talented Jacques Lebreton, who will make his debut immediately after the Tour de l’Avenir.
Ilan Van Wilder will leave the DSM team, with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert being the most likely destination. He could also be joined by Tiesj Benoot and Alexander Kristoff, previously also linked to the Norwegian Uno-X.
Luke Plapp will turn pro with Ineos Grenadiers. He will join the team as a stagiaire before WorldTour career kicks off in 2022, immediately after Tokyo 2020 where he is taking part in the track cycling event. The British team made official today the signing of the talented Australian rider, a complete athlete and the national time trial champion (a speciality in which he was vice-world jrs champion in 2018). For the full profile of Luke Plapp.
The first new name has arrived for Gianni Savio and Marco Bellini’s Drone Hopper for 2022. It is official the two years signing of the 21 year old Gabriele Benedetti (Zalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior), the Under 23 Champion of Italy.
The AG2R Citroën Team could make an unexpected transfer this Sunday 1st August by recruiting Clément Berthet. According to the Dauphiné Libéré, the rider, who is under contract with Team DELKO until 2024, will join Vincent Lavenu’s team, on the first day of the market. In the new team, the young former mountain biker, this year 13th in the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, will join an experienced brunch of riders such us Bob Jungels, Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen.
The German WorldTeam BORA-hansgrohe officially confirmed that at the end of the season the sprinter Pascal Ackermann and triple world champion Peter Sagan will leave the team. Sagan seems to be heading to TotalEnergies and Ackermann is on his way to UAE Team Emirates. Both transfer has yet to be finalised, since teams are only allowed to do so from 1 August.
The Intermarché – Wanty Gobert team for 2022 is taking shape. The transfers of Alexander Kristoff (UAE), Dimitri Claeys (Qhubeka-Assos) and Gerben Thijssen (Lotto-Soudal) have been completed, but may only be announced on 1 August. The current leader Aimé De Gendt will also stay. The 27-year-old from Oost-Vlaanderen extends his expiring contract with the Walloon WorldTour team with two extra seasons. Hilaire Van Der Schueren, the team sports director is looking for two more reinforcements to complete the team roster.
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA announced today that they will be welcoming three trainees from August 1st. Alberto Serrano, Pablo Garcia and Yesid Pira, all three members of the reserve team, will join the professional ranks until the end of the season. Garcia has notably distinguished himself in the Spanish U23 time trial championships by taking the 2nd place. Colombian rider Pira is known for his climbing skills and this year he took 5th place in the overall classification of the Tour of Colombia.
The promising 21 year-old Louis Blouwe (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB Dévelopement), will join the professional ranks of the Belgian team next year. This season, the Belgian rider has shown his capability with a 9th place in the GC of the Tour de la Mirabelle and riding the Tour of Hungary with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB ProTeam.
In an interview, after the conclusion of his effort for the Olympic individual time-trail, Joao Almeida has admitted that as for the future, all has being defined, but without being able, “obviously”, to reveal which one. Since the beginning of the year he has been linked to UAE Team Emirates. Is he going there? Or is Bora-Hansgrohe the feasible alternative option?
According to cyclingnews.com, Ineos-Granadiers is ready to revolutionise its roster. The British team currently have 31 riders on their books but only a few of them with ending contracts are expected to re-sign for 2022. Among the riders with contract to be ended or renegotiate: Geraint Thomas (wages reductions or opting for Qhubeka Assos, Cofidis and Trek-Segafredo, however with the latter two denying any interest in the rider); Rohan Dennis (that should have already signed a two-year deal with Team Jumbo-Visma), Michał Gołas (retire or new team), Cameron Wurf (retire or new team); Iván Sosa (Movistar or Bora); Sebastian Henao (new team); Owain Doull (new team EF?); Leonardo Basso (new team). In addition it seems to be uncertain the future of Ben Swift, Brandon Rivera and Gianni Moscon. So far, in addition to the already signed Luke Plapp (the Australian 2021 time trial champion), the only transfer replacement rumours have involved Aleksandr Vlasov, but the Russian has on sights the option to settle down with Bora-Hansgrohe.
Gianni Savio, the General Manager of the Italian ProTour team Androni Giocattoli- Sidermec, confirmed that 28 year old Swiss rider Simon Pellaud will leave the team at the end of the year when his contract expires. The relationship with him is very good but Pellaud is close to a WorldTour team. Will he race in 2022 with Trek-Segafredo as for previous rumours?
According to the Italian journalist Beppe Conti, during the Radiocorsa programme, Deceuninck-QuickStep team has Alberto Bettiol in its sights, despite the recent renewal of the Tuscan’s contract with EF Education-Nippo. Vincenzo Nibali‘s next destination should still be Astana-PremierTech, but in the last few hours, there has also been interest from BikeExchange for the Sicilian. The Australian team would also like to sign another Italian, time trial champion Mattia Sobrero, who is leaving Astana-PremierTech. However, the Kazakh team could have another Italian champion in the team next year, and according to a report on RAI on Wednesday, there was a lunch between Beppe Martinelli and Sonny Colbrelli to discuss his possible arrival at Astana next season.
Next season, Martin Marcellusi and Alessio Nieri both Italian and from Mastromarco Sensi Nibali, are turning pro with Bardiani-Csf-Faizané.
From 1 August, the Spaniards Vicente Hernaiz and David Martin and the Italian Davide Piganzoli will be training with the Eolo-Kometa ProTeam. Hernaiz (22) is described by the team as ‘one of the most attacking riders in the Spanish amateur peloton’ and is developing into an all-rounder. This season he rode the Giro d’Italia under-18s. His compatriot Martin (22) is considered a promising sprinter. Italian Piganzoli (19) is a time trial specialist and a good all-rounder. This year, he participated in the Giro Under-23s where he was tenth in the final classification.
Choon Huat Goh will join the WorldTour Team BikeExchange as a trainee from 1 August. The 30-year-old will become the first Singaporean rider to ride at the highest level of professional cycling. Until now he has been riding for the Malaysian Continental Terengganu Cycling Team.
Louis Vervaeke (Alpecin-Fenix) is expected to sign for Deceuninck-Quick Step. The Belgian rider had a very good Giro d’Italia, finishing 20th overall and 4th in the fourth stage. Former winner of the Ronde de l’Isard, the native of Ronse has often struggled to confirm his climbing skills, but he should nevertheless strengthen the Wolfpack for Evenepoel’s Grand Tour ambitions.
According WielerFlits, in 2022 Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) will ride for BORA-hansgrohe. The German team had to beat the fierce competition from INEOS Grenadiers and UAE Emirates.
Bardiani CSF Faizanè is extremely active, and after Martinelli, Colnaghi e Bonillo, have now signed for the 2022 season Omar El Gouzi, a young Italian climber currently with team Iseo Rime Carnovali. The 21 year old is having a good season and was 4th in the general classification at the recent Giro della Valle d’Aosta and 9th on the ‘Baby Giro’ GC.
Just to confirm an already given news, UAE Team Emirates has signed the 19-year-old New Zealander Finn Fisher-Black (Jumbo-Visma Development). Despite his young age, in 2021, Fisher-Black has already won the national time trial title, two stages at the New Zealand Cycle Classic and the Istrian Spring Trophy and he was fourth in the GC of the Baloise Belgium Tour (won by by Remco Evenepoel). Finn Fisher-Black has signed a contract until the end of the 2024 season and his debut with the new shirt will take place on 25 July, in Spain at Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika.
According to Wielerflits, the 22 year old Belgian rider Laurens Huys is expected to join the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team in 2022. This season, the rider of Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB was 6th at the Tour of Hungary and is considered a good puncheur.
After two years of experience with team Colpack Ballan, in 2022, the 20 years old Alessio Martinelli will turn Pro with Bardiani CSF Faizanè. For Alessio Martinelli the #Greenteam is not a completely new experience since at the beginning of the 2021 season he joined the team in a training camp in Benidorm, Spain. After Luca Colnaghi and Iker Bonillo, Martinelli is the third neopro joining Bardiani for the next season.
At the beginning of the month, there were transfer rumours circulating about the possible departure of Marc Soler to UAE Team Emirates. But in an interview with BiciEscapa Podcast, the Spaniard said he was not closing the door on a possible contract extension with the Movistar team: “Well I can’t say anything concrete, there are several options, including the option to renew with Movistar. It is true that this year the door is more open but we are not excluding any options”. As a reminder, Antonio Pedrero was also considered for the team of Tadej Pogacar.
Here is a follow up of the Bardiani Team story related to the dismissal of Kevin Rivera and Filippo Zaccanti, see below news on the 19 July, with comments from the Bardiani entourage. Kevin Rivera and Filippo Zaccanti won’t ride anymore for Bardiani CSF Faizanè. Both of them have terminated their contract with Roberto Reverberi’s team after some complicated months and results below expectations. Reverberi rejects the claim of Rivera coach and is stating that the rider refused to join the rest of the team preferring to stay and train in Costa Rica. Only at this point the team have decided that it was best for both parties to interrupt relations.
The Eolo-Kometa team campaign to reinforce the squad in 2022 is in full motion. According to Tuttobiciweb, the Professional team is ready to sign three 24 year old riders, all looking for the right opportunity to affirm their talent: the climber Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo), the sprinter Giovanni Lonardi (Bardiani CSF Faizané ) and Simone Bevilacqua (Vini Zabù).
Cyclingnews confirmed rumours dating back several months and Sergio Higuita EF-Education Nippo) will join Bora-Hansgrohe together with Jai Hindley (Team DSM). Esteban Chaves will replace Higuita at EF-Education Nippo.
Kevin Rivera will be soon looking for a new team. Crciclismo.com (see full 🇪🇦article) in an interview to his friend, coach and advisor Piero Ravaglia said that Kevin Rivera’s the 2021 cycling season has been ruined because of covid19. Although he recovered from the virus, which he took at the Vuelta al Táchira, he is still suffering from chronic fatigue that even, according to Piero Ravaglia, could force him to stop racing for good. Ravaglia says that Rivera is currently not training and is forced to take absolute rest and that it is impossible to predict what will happen in the future. He adds that four other Bardiani riders have had similar problems. It would appear that the Bardiani Team has not been very supportive of Rivera and others who had Covid in the team. For Rivera there is currently no effective cure and the Bardiani Team Managers don’t believe that the affected riders will ever fully recover. Since 30 June, Kevin Rivera and Filippo Zaccanti are no longer part of the Italian ProTeam Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè.
In a Bici.pro interview with Ivan Basso (Sport Manager ProTeam), it emerged that Eolo- Kometa is a possible interest for Georg Steinhauser (Tirol KTM Cycling Team). The 19 years old German won yesterday’s final stage of the Giro Ciclistico della Val d’Aosta. Basso said “… Steinhauser is very good. He’s one of the guys who will probably come with us next season. I had already seen him at the Tour of the Alps. ….”. Full results Steinhauser
B&B Hotels sees two of its most important riders leave for WorldTour Teams. Le Télégramme is reporting and confirming previous rumours. Sprinter Bryan Coquard (29) seems to be leaving for Cofidis, where he is seen as a replacement for the outgoing Elia Viviani and Christophe Laporte. Quentin Pacher (29) is on his way to Groupama-FDJ. Jérôme Pineau, the general manager of the ProTeam B&B Hotels p/b KTM, confirmed to French newspaper that both leaders will leave after this season.
Friction between the management of the DSM team and many riders from the Team have been common in the past (Marc Hirschi, Tom Dumoulin, Warren Barguil…) but also at present. For some reason, disagreement with the management team seems to be common and many of the Team young talents do not want to respect their signed contract deadline. After Ilan Van Wilder (21), two more riders have expressed their desire to leave the German team according to WielerFlits.nl: Norwegian Andreas Leknessund (22, contracted until 2023) and Austrian Felix Gall (23, contracted until 2022). The next few days will be decisive to take a final decision.
The New Zealand Continental Team, Global 6 Cycling, has announced the arrival on their ranks of the “young Norwegian talent Tim Edvard Pettersen … as a strong bet for the future in fast sprints.” The Team is regularly racing in Europe, they also have a training base in Italy, and ride Pinarello’s bikes. The 18 years old sprinters was recently second in the National Championships Norway MU23 Road Race.
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise has strengthened its ranks with 20-year-old Jenno Berckmoes. The rider comes over from club team Home Solution-Soenens, where he became Belgian Team Time Trial Champion on 4 July and won Le Trophée des Grimpeurs at Vresse-sur-Semois on the 7 July. He is currently racing the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta – Mont Blanc.
The resurrection of Mark Cavendish since his return to the Deceuninck-Quick Step team would be the envy of a few riders who want to get back to the top. Patrick Lefevere explained this in his weekly column for Het Nieuwsblad, the Wolfpack general manager is not hesitating to name names. “The story we are telling with Mark (Cavendish) is a dream for many people in the peloton. I get a lot of applications from major riders. Daniel Martin and Elia Viviani would like to come back, Jakob Fuglsang is also pulling on my arm”, says Patrick Lefevere.
At Lotto Soudal there are nine riders whose contracts are about to expire and, according to the Wielerlifts, in addition to Oldani, very closed to Alpacin, John Degenkolb should be moving to Team DSM, Gerbe Thijssen and Kobe Goossens, both heading to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, could also be leaving. According to the Dutch portal, Dimitry Clayes is also set to sign a contract with the team for next year, leaving Qhubeka Nexthash after just one season.
Pascal Ackermann, who is showing great form at the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana, apparently was not called up for the Tour because he has already agreed with another team for next year, UAE Team Emirates?
Several CyclingDigest sources have confirmed a done deal with Elia Viviani is expected to sign with Eolo-Kometa when returning in Italy after the Olympic Games.
From 1 Aug, Arkéa Samsic is giving three promising cyclists the chance to ride with their ProTeam. The 20 years old Kévin Vauquelin has been signed up to the end of 2023 and is considered a strong rouleur and a talent for track racing. Mathis Le Berre (20) from Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-U is a puncheur who already won the Ronde Finistérienne this year. Finally the 22 years old Swiss rider Yannis Voisard (Swiss Racing Academy) a climber that recently won a stage in the Baby Giro, where he also finished seventh in the GC.
As every Thursday evening on Radiocorsa from RaiSport (Italian TV channel), Beppe Conti, a well known journalist, provided an update on the transfer market situation. Many requests for Gianni Moscon, with Deceuninck-QuickStep ready to step in with a proposal with the intent of reinforce further its team for the North Classics. However, Ineos-Grenadiers does not want to loose the Italian and it is preparing a renewal contract for the next two seasons. Another man at the centre of the 2022 cyclomarket is Vincenzo Nibali. The Sicilian have spoken with the management of Astana for a sensational return, but the Kazakh team is awaiting the go-ahead from the ownership. A lot of movement around Jumbo-Visma. Jonas Vingegaard‘s performances at the Tour de France convinced the team managers of the Dutch team to promote and invest on him. The 32 years old Primoz Roglic, would be left with two possibilities: the first to share the captain’s ranks with his young teammate, the second to find another team if these conditions do not satisfy him. For Conti, this second hypothesis appears very probable at the moment and in his opinion Bahrain-Victorious could be the right option for him!
The French newspaper Ouest-France has revealed that Julian Lino (CC Nogent-sur-Oise), Pascal Lino’s son, has signed for the German Continental team Bike Aid. Lino was fourth in Épinal a few weeks ago in the time trial of the French Championships in the Amateurs category and should make his debut with his new team at the end of July during the Grand Prix de Pérenchies.
In the forum area of Cyclingnews, Remy55, a forum member reported that the former biathlete Florian Lipowitz (Tirol KTM Cycling Team) could soon by joining Bora-Hansgrohe. The news has been rumoured for a while and apparently, Bora-Hansgrohe general manager Ralph Denk yesterday during a podcast interview expressed the possible interest of Bora on the young German prospect, since he consider the climber one of the best German youth in circulation. He should join Bora for the 2022 season. Remy55 has reported that “Ralph Denk is guest in a podcast with a local bavarian newspaper …. Yesterday he was asked which young german rider he has an eye on and he said Lipowitz is one of the biggest german talents and they have him on their radar. Reading between the lines and knowing Lipowitz‘ bond with Lorang it‘s 99% sure that he will be at Bora next year.” CyclingDigest private sources have confirmed that an agreement between the parties is very possible and that the rumour is valid and substantiated.
See Lipowitz full results @ procyclingstats.com. On the same Forum, another member, Colonel, stated that “Valerio Conti (UAE) to Cofidis“. One again CyclingDigest have been contacted one of our sources that confirmed the move as very possible although nothing has been yet signed.
Luca Colnaghi is a new pro rider, for the 2022 season, for Bardiani Csf Faizanè. The 22-year-old Italian joins the team led by the Reverberi family from the Trevigiani Team, one of the strongest amateur teams in Italy. In the last two years, Colnaghi won two stages in the Giro d’Italia Under23 in 2020 and numerous podiums in prestigious races. Full profile procyclingstats.com
Mick van Dijke and Michel Hessmann will join the pro team of Team Jumbo-Visma in 2022. The two U23 riders make the move from Jumbo-Visma Development Team, but will still be accompanied by the development team next year. They will do most of their races in a team consisting of riders from the development team and professionals. Both riders sign for three seasons. Full press release @ teamjumbovisma.com
In an article of the French regional newspaper Le Dauphine has been reported that after two years spent with Groupama-FDJ, which he joined from its development team La Conti Groupama-FDJ, Simon Guglielmi will leave at the end of the 2022 season. The native of Chambéry learned a few weeks ago that his contract would not be extended.
AG2R Citroën is giving three of its young cyclist from the development team the chance to ride for their World Team from 1 August. These are Thomas Delphis (22), Paul Lapeira (21) and Valentin Retailleau (21). Lapeira is already signed a two-year contract with AG2R Citroën. The 21-year-old rider was third in the French championship for amateurs this year and winner of the Italian U23 race Trofeo Città di San Vendemiano. Delphis, winner of the U23 French time trial champion in 2020, and the 21-year-old Retailleau, will race as interns from the rest of the season.
Lotto Soudal loses another talent. Following the indicaions from WielerFlits.be, Stefano Oldani will move to Alpecin-Fenix at the end of this season. The 23-year-old Italian will probably sign for two years. Oldani full results @ procyclingstats.com
According to WielerFlits.nl (although in not a done deal) Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal) will move soon to Jumbo-Visma. The 30-year-old Van der Sande would become the third Belgian with the Dutch WorldTour team. There are more WorldTour teams interested in Van Der Sande, but Jumbo-Visma is in pole position. If all other rumours are confirmed, the Belgian will be the third addition, with Christophe Laporte and Rohan Dennis, to Richard Plugge’s team. This season, Van der Sande finished fifth in Dwars door Vlaanderen and tenth in the Amstel Gold Race, so he will be a perfect addition for Jumbo-Visma in the Flemish spring Classics.
CyclingDigest is verifying rumours on the transfer of Valerio Conti from UAE Team Emirates to Codifis. Our sources are stating that it is a possibility and some talk has taken place but no deal as been signed between the parties.
Marc Madiot’s Groupama-FDJ should be closer to the emerging climber Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels).
Hilaire Van Der Schueren, team manager of Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert confirms some rumours about the departure from the team of Danny Van Poppel and Jonas Koch. Both will leave the Belgian team and join next year at Bora-hansgrohe. Van Der Schueren also appears to have a great interest in Ilan Van Wilder (DMS), leaving his current team at the end of the season. Laurens Huys (current WB) is also ready to sign with Intermarché as well.
The arrival of Alexander Kristoff to Team TotalEnergies is close to being confirmed and he should join the team also to bring some additions to the nearly confirmed Peter Sagan.
The Qhubeka NextHash team have announced that Eritrean Henok Mulubrhan has signed his first professional contract with them and he will join the World Tour team from January 1, 2022. For the past two years, the 21-year-old has been part of the continental team Team Qhubeka-Conti. In youth categories, Mulubrhan has been Champion of Eritrea in 2018 and Appennino. For the official team press release: https://teamqhubeka.com/henok-mulubrham-steps-up-to-the-worldtour-in-2022
The TotalEnergies team will welcome three trainees in the second part of the season. The French team is giving three riders of the Vendée U a chance to join and experience life as a professional cyclist. These are puncheur Thomas Bonnet (22), sprinter Emilien Jeanniere (22) and climber Alan Jousseaume (22). From August they can participate in UCI .HC and .1 level competitions for TotalEnergies.
B&B Hotels has also announced that three trainees will join the team for the second part of the season. Florian Dauphin (22), Adrien Lagrée (24) and Axel Laurance (20). They are for the amateur team of VCP Loudéac, which has close ties with B&B Hotels. Laurance managed to win a stage in the Course de la Paix Grand Prix. He also finished eighth in the final standings.
According to AD.nl, John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) is rumoured to be moving to Team DSM. The team of Iwan Spekenbrink wants to bring the 32-year-old German back to the team, Degenkolb raced with Argos-Shimano and Giant-Alpecin from 2012 to 2016. DSM has many young talents and would gain a wealth of experience with Degenkolb. Degenkolb has in his career won Milan-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, Gent-Wevelgem and stages in all Grand Tours (Vuelta x10, Tour x1, Giro x1).
The American team Trek-Segafredo has announced today the signing of three new professionals for 2022: the 22-year-old Dutchman Daan Hoole (SEG Racing Academy), the 20-year-old Italian Filippo Baroncini (Colpack) and the 21-year-old Danish Asbjørn Hellemose (VC Mendrisio) should join the American team Trek-Segafredo in 2022 as a neo-professional. Hoole is considered a potential Northern Classics protagonist and is a good sprinter as well time trial specialist. This year, he was 2nd in the Tour de Rhodes prologue and won on the Coppa dell Pace, a hilly Italian classic. In 2021, Baroncini won a stage at Giro d ‘Italia U23 and the Italian national time trial U23 title, he also was second in the road race Championship. Hellemose has spent the last two years racing in Italy with good results, strong uphill, he was fifth in the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia U23 and he is a good prospect for stage races and the Grand Tours. Press Release from racing.trekbikes.com
Finn Fisher-Black, the young New Zealander from the Jumbo Development Team, already signed for UAE Team Emirates for 2022, left the Jumbo-Visma development team with immediate effect and is expected to join UAE from the 1 August.
The BikeExchange Team, which is expected to loose Esteban Chaves at the end of the season, seems to be very interested in the young Colombian Jesus David Peña Jimenez (Colombia Tierra de Atletas). According to ciclismointernacional.com, the 21 years old winner of the Vuelta de la Juventud, is ready to join the Australian team.
According to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, both Ineos Grenadiers and Lotto Soudal are eager to sign Ilan Van Wilder, currently with Team DSM, immediately.
After speaking with Jakob Fuglsang ‘s agent, Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that talks with Codifis have now ended without success and the Danish rider could now remain in Astana-PremTech.
Cofidis is actively looking for a successor to Elia Viviani. The Italian did not do well with the French team. They are now looking for a replacement and one among Bryan Coquard, Giacomo Nizzolo, or Davide Cimolai seem to be in poll position for the succession.
Mercato rumours heard by @Gazzetta.it: @AlexRiabushenko will leave @TeamEmiratesUAE at the end of this year. According to their sources he will join @AstanaPremTech in 2022
WielerFlits.nl has confirmed previous voices on Jai Hindley move from Team DSM to BORA-hansgrohe. The 25-year-old Australian will leave his current team after four seasons. Hindley will meet former teammates Wilco Kelderman and Lennard Kämna, among others. Hindley was the surprise of 2020 and after winning the Herald Sun Tour in his own country in January, the Australian took the second place in the final standings of the Giro d’Italia. So far in 2021, the climber has struggled to confirm his new status and the whole season has been disappointing.
The transfer of Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) to the Kazakh team Astana – Premier Tech should soon be official. The Messina Shark had raced in this team for three seasons winning the Tour de France in 2014 as well as the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2016. Rumours at the Tour de France also specifies that he could sign a two-year contract there. The only doubt is that in the event of an Olympic medal the Sicilian could decide to hang up the bike and retire.
According to information unveiled from Wielerflits, the Belgian Alpecin-Fenix rider Otto Vergaerde should sign for the Trek-Segafredo team in 2022. Mathieu van der Poel’s usual teammate in classics and stage races, he could play a similar role in the new team.
Arrived in 2018 in the Trek-Segafredo team, Ryan Mullen should leave the American team at the end of the season according to the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. The Irishman, a time trial specialist, should sign with the Bora-Hansgrohe team where he could meet his compatriot Sam Bennett.
Drone Hopper will be the first name of the team (in 2021 Androni-Sidermec) directed and managed by Gianni Savio and Marco Bellini for four years from 2022. Drone Hopper is a Spanish technology start-up based in the outskirt of Madrid. Savio explains: «We have signed a four-year agreement, with a gradual investment for a good Professional team over the next year and subsequently aspire to the leap in the category. We are ready to intensify our international activity even more to bring the name of our new sponsor around the world».….. updates will follow on the composition of the team.
Spaniards Igor Arrieta and Ivan Cobo will go professional with Kern Pharma next year. They are currently members of Equipo Lizarte, the development team of Kern Pharma, both Spanish national U23 champions: Arrieta in the time trial and Cobo in the road race. “They are both destined to become excellent professional riders,” said Manolo Azcona, president of the Kern Pharma and Lizarte teams.
Transfers 2021-2022 : tableau des rumeurs et infos mercato 🇫🇷 full report by velo-club.net
Wielerflits reports that Peter Sagan will join Team TotalEnergies on a three-year deal from 2022. He is set to be signing along with his main sponsor and USA bike brand, Specialized (replacing Wilier Triestina). The deal should be signed after the Tour de France and Sagan will bring in the team riders like his brother Juraj, Daniel Oss, Maciej Bodnar and Erik Baska and his entourage: two mechanics, two soigneurs, a sport’s director, a press officer, and a hospitality manager. The three-time world champion has a personal contract with Specialized and the American brand will come with him to the French team. According to Wielerflits, Bora-hansgrohe will also stay on Specialized in 2022. Team TotalEnergies is a UCI ProTeam and they seem to be investing in aiming to build a team for the WorldTour. Currently, the French ProTeam often receives wildcards for all top Classics including the Flemish and Ardennes Classics, as well as for the Tour de France. Jean-René Bernaudeau, the TotalEnergies boss, may now be able to create a top-class team, especially for one-day racing, adding to riders such Chris Lawless, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Pierre Latour and Niki Terpstra (if he stays in the team), Sagan and company.
According to rumours circulated by Ciro Scognamiglio from Gazzetta dello Sport, Nicola Conci will leave Trek-Segafredo at the end of this season. His next port should be Eolo- Kometa Team in 2022, the team of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador. Whispers are also being made that Alvaro Hodeg could leave Deceuninck-Quickstep at the end of this season and if Max Richeze ends his career in 2021, he could replace him in UAE Team Emirates. Esteban Chaves should leave GreenEdge Team at the end of the year, in pole position for his next team EFprocycling team.
Today AG2R Citroën Team announced two new riders for the 2022 season, both are coming from the Espoirs team AG2R Citroën U23: Valentin Paret-Peintre with a three year contract and Paul Lapeira for two years. Valentin Paret-Peintre is Aurélien’s younger brother (currently thirteenth in the Tour GC, and is considered a good climber. Last year, the young 20-year-old won a stage of the Ronde de l’Isard at the top of Ax 3 Domaines, before taking sixth place in the final standings. Paul Lapeira, from Fougères, is twenty years old and this year won the San Vendemiano Trophy in Italy and did well on the Course de la Paix Grand Prix.
With is contract ending this season, Marc Soler is leaving Movistar after seven years. The Spanish climber is about to sign a contract with UAE Emirates, according to TVE. Soler won Paris-Nice in 2018 and stages in the Vuelta a España, the Tour de Romandie and he finished third in the Tour of Catalonia. In addition to Soler, UAE Emirates also has an advanced interest in Antonio Pedrero. The 29-year-old Catalan has been riding for Movistar since 2016 and won the Route d’Occitanie earlier this season. David De la Cruz will not be offered a new contract by UAE Emirates and is reportedly going to Movistar.
Raymond Kerckhoffs has reported on WielerFlits that Wout Poels and Martijn Tusveld are in the picture at Jumbo-Visma to strengthen the team around Primoz Roglic for the high mountains. Talks have taken place with both climbers and various sources have confirmed all.
After speculation beginning in April, several reports are confirming that Gianni Savio, team manager of Androni-Sidermec (the former team of Egan Bernal, Mattia Cattaneo and many others), is ready to announce next week a 4-year deal with a new Spanish sponsor, a Madrid-based electronic engineering company.
According to Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Bryan Coquard will become Cofidis‘ new sprinter. Sprinter Elia Viviani’s contract with Team Cofidis expires at the end of this season and since the Italian was unable to do much, the French team was looking for a replacement and found Bryan Coquard. The 29-year-old Frenchman will end his contract with B&B Hotels after four years. Team Cofidis is also in talks with Jakob Fuglsang and Giacomo Nizzolo.
Beppe Conti reported during Radiocorsa RAI TV) that Vincenzo Nibali and Peter Sagan are currently at the centre of all market attentions. The Sicilian, in total break with the Trek-Segafredo team, is ready for the great return to Astana where Beppe Martinelli will welcome him. Vinokourov’s ,rather skeptical on Nibali, farewell to the Kazakh team, opened the doors to the Shark, who would find the team with which he had his greatest successes (two Giro and one Tour). Then there is the Peter Sagan situation. Bora-Hansgrohe wants to get rid of him to get new riders and Sam Bennett back. The almost certain departure of the Irish rider, however, would leave the Deceuninck-QuickStep without its best sprinter. This is why Lefevere approached Tim Merlier, capable of winning stages both the Giro and the Tour this season. Still staying at Wolfpack, the team manager has been impressed by the performance of Mark Cavendish, and the renewal for Cannonball is very close.
UAE Team Emirates is still looking to further reinforce thier squad in support to Tadej Pogacar. Ciro Scognamiglio from Gazzetta dello Sport tweeted about rumours of a possible interest of the UAE George Bennett currently riding for Jumbo-Visma.
In an interview to Enzo Vicennati @ bici.pro, Ivan Basso has outlined the programme for next year of his Eolo-Kometa Team. Basso confirmed that they were in talks with Vincenzo Nibali and Elia Viviani to reinforce their roaster for 2022. But since then things have changed: “We had to choose between three possible steps forward” – explains Basso – “and the first involved the engagement of a top rider such as Elia or Vincenzo. The second was to continue in the current dimension, the third was to keep the family jewels and insert some reinforcement. And in the end, we chose the latter, continuing the natural growth process envisaged at the beginning of the project “. This means that Lorenzo Fortunato will stay with Eolo-Kometa, and negotiations are nearly concluded and that other teams will be the solutions for Viviani and Nibali.
According to an Het Nieuwsblad report, Finn Fisher-Black will next year leave the Jumbo-Visma Team. The 19-year-old New Zealander, who still trains with the Dutch formation, is leaving for UAE Emirates. Jumbo-Visma tried hard to keep the rider but the UAE Emirates offer was far more generous. Fisher-Black has been making considerable progress in recent years. This season he took two stages in the New Zealand Cycle Classic and won the Istrian Spring Trophy in Croatia and the Youth New Zealand time trial championship. Earlier this month he also impressed among the big boys in the Baloise Belgium Tour, finishing the individual time trial in third place, behind Remco Evenepoel and Yves Lampaert, and eventually finished fourth in the general classification.
Ciro Scognamiglio, journalist from La Gazzetta dello Sport, stated on his twitter account that his sources confirmed the move of Alex Aranburu from Astana-PremTech to Movistar Team in 2022 can be considered a done deal. Also, Gorka Izagirre could join the Spanish team.
Ciclomarket rumours from Ciro Scognamiglio, La Gazzetta dello Sport: Astana wants to keep Matteo Sobrero, the recent winner of the Italian time-trial Championship. Sobrero’s contract ends this year and GreenEdgeTeam is very interested in the Italian rider. According to his agent, Jakob Fuglsang (AstanaPremTech) the danish rider, for next year is in talks with two teams, AstanaPremTech and TeamCOFIDIS (in pole position); the bike manufacture is pushing for Peter Sagan to join the French TeamTotalEnergies, several sources are reporting that the deal is almost done.
Following indications from Charles Marsault, a journalist from Velo-Club.net, Biniam Grmaye is close to signing for Intermarché Wanty Gobert. The 21-year-old Eritrean professional ended his contract with Delko at the end of May and is negotiating his comeback with the French Pro Tour team.
The Bora-Hansgrohe is one of the most active teams on the market trying to build a competitive line-up for next year. Ralph Denk and his Bora-Hansgrohe Team are close to signing two young talented riders, Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), offering a three-year deal, and Jai Hindley (DSM). The Russian wants to change team and continue his growth process, but the Kazakh team would like to lock him in with an important contract of at least three seasons. Second in the 2020 Giro d’Italia, the Australian DSM athlete struggled a lot this year, chasing a condition that never came. To win over Denk and his staff, Hindley is called to a second half of the season at a high level.
In the Bora home the Peter Sagan saga is still unfolded. In the few days, both parties seemed to have gotten closer, but the discussion will probably be postponed to the end of the Tour de France.
After missing the call for the 2021 Tour de France, tension is mounting between Sam Bennett and his Deceuninck – Quick-Step boss, Patrick Lefevere (see his considerations 🇳🇱 @ Sporza.be). The Irish sprinter has already been linked to a possible move back to his former team Bora-Hansgrohe and to Ineos Grenadiers, more Tour success this year would have further enhanced his earning potential.
After a splendid Giro victory on the Zoncolan and the success at the Adriatica Ionica Race, including the Cima Grappa stage, shares of Lorenzo Fortunato are on the rise. The Bolognese rider could remain at the Eolo-Kometa team but at least a couple of WorldTour teams have expressed interest in the rider. According to Quibicisport.com, Luca Mazzanti (Fortunato’s agent) has confirmed that in addition to Cofidis, Trek-Segafredo is ready to offer a two-year contract.
During a cycling TV programme on the Italian National Television, Beppe Conti (Journalist) announced that Aleksandr Vlasov is close to finding an agreement for next year with the German Team Bora-Hansgrohe.
Rohan Dennis linked with move from Ineos to Jumbo-Visma. DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPION TIME TRIAL ROHAN DENNIS TO JUMBO-VISMA full article from 🇳🇱 Wielerflits. The newspaper reported that Jumbo-Visma will be the 2022 team for the twice World Time Trial champion Rohan Dennis. The Australian could have extended his contract with INEOS Grenadiers and also had an offer from UAE Emirates, but various sources confirmed to WielerFlits that 31-year-old Dennis has chosen the Dutch squad and the Australian will leave Ineos at the end of 2021.
🇮🇹 quibicisport.it have reported that Vincenzo Nibali has a new options for the 2022 season. The Australian BikeExchange team, which is managed by the South African Brent Copeland (his former Sport Direct in Bahrain Merida). For Nibali there are also other possibilities and Astana, Deceuninck and UAE.
Juan Ayuso (Colpack-Ballan) the winner of today’s ‘Baby Giro’ will join UAE Emirates with immediate effect (previously from the 1st August ’21). The Spanish rider secured the overall victory, after winning three stages including the “queen stage”. The Almeria born Spaniard won the Giro d’Italia U23 race at just 18 years old, becoming the youngest “Baby Giro” winner in history. Recent previous winners of the U23 Giro d’Italia include Tom Pidcock, Andrés Camilo Ardila, Aleksandr Vlasov and Pavel Sivakov. Early last year, at the age of 17, Ayuso signed a five-year deal (that will end in 2025) with the UAE Emirates. Ayuso full rider profile @ procyclingstats.com
During Radiocorsa, a popular cycling TV programme, broadcasted by RAI, the Italian National Television, journalist Beppe Conti has confirmed the possible renewal of Peter Sagan with Bora-Hansgrohe. The three-time world champion didn’t find an agreement with Deceuninck-QuickStep and is not willing to reduce his salary.
The UAE Team Emirates is said to be looking for an experienced and strong climber, (such Damiano Caruso?) to help Tadej Pogacar mend a weak point from his team and support him in the most demanding stages of the Tour de France. At the end of 2021, Caruso’s contract with Bahrain-Victorious expires and the Sicilian is thinking about his future (leader or top domestique?). The UAE has also targeted Maximilian Schachmann, while he intends not to renew the contract to Alexander Kristoff, linked with the ambitious Norwegian Uno-X Pro Cycling and Team Intermarché.
Simon Pellaud, whose agreement with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec expires at the end of the season, according to some rumors reported by SRF (a Swiss TV), is speaking with Trek-Segafredo to negotiate a possible move to the World Tour team in 2022.
Several WorldTour teams are approaching Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo-Kometa), the winner of the Zoncolan stage at the Giro d’Italia 2021. Rumours are linking the 25 year old from Bologna to Cofidis. In the French team, he could gain experience as a leader and investigate his full potential in the Big Tours.
Elia Viviani has struggled for victories since joining Cofidis from Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 2020. Next year, the Italian is said to be joining upstarts EOLO-Kometa, the ProTeam of the same nationality backed by Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador.
After spending the past two seasons at Trek-Segafredo, the 36-year-old Vincenzo Nibali is destined for pastures new, with Deceuninck – Quick-Step 9 to mentor Evenepoel) and Astana – Premier Tech ( to work again with the staff of the most successful period of his career from 2013 to 2016) the two likeliest options.
Rohan Dennis is not expected to renew with Ineos Grenadiers when the Australian’s contract is up at the end of the year. Their rivals Jumbo-Visma are interested but the front runner at the moment is UAE Team Emirates.
Dutch publication Wielerflits understands that Cofidis’ Christophe Laporte will be on the move joining Jumbo-Visma next season. The Frenchman has already taken a couple of wins for himself this season.
Sam Bennett‘s future will be away from Deceuninck – Quick-Step. Rumours are suggesting he may move to Bora-Hansgrohe (securing a ride in the Tour de France) or, more surprisingly, to Ineos Grenadiers (the Irishman could be the team’s first top sprinter since Mark Cavendish).
Peter Sagan looks set to leave Bora-Hansgrohe at the end of the season after five years with the team. Deceuninck – Quick-Step have ruled themselves out, but the Slovakian has several alternatives. According to L’Équipe, Total Direct Energie are said to be interested, and also Israel Start-Up Nation have apparently expressed their desire to bring Sagan onboard.
At the end of his contract with the Deceuninck-Quick Step, Joao Almeida will no longer be a Belgian rider next year. Patrick Lefevere, the general manager of Wolfpack, personally announced it this Saturday (today) in the columns of Het Nieuwsblad. “João Almeida will leave our team at the end of the season. His agent has shown relatively little respect in the negotiations. He has too often said to me: ‘Patrick, I swear on my children’s head that …’. I am allergic to this statement. Anyone who is honest should not use such language. ” As a reminder, Joao Almeida was initially announced at UAE-Team Emirates, but BORA-hansgrohe now seems to be holding the rope according to the latest information.
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