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Antonio Tiberi now seems very close to returning to the peloton. Stopped since last February after the bad episode of the killing of a cat, an affair because of which Trek-Segafredo then decided to terminate early the contract with the 21 yo Italian at the end of April. Now confirming the rumours of the past weeks, and according to reports by Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, the deal would now be finalised with will be Bahrain Victorious. The former junior world time trial champion could make his debut with the jersey of his new team as early as in about ten days, at the Tour of Switzerland, scheduled for June 11-18.
38-year-old Englishman Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) will retire at the end of the current season. 2023 will thus be Cannonball’s last year as a professional rider. The British sprinter, World Champion in Copenhagen in 2011, announced his retirement during the second rest day of the Giro d’italia. At the upcoming Tour de France, he will be able to break Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage victories. the British outfielder has so far been able to claim 146 victories during his professional career.
Piet Allegaert will continue for two more years with Cofidis. In fact, the French formation has made official the renewal until the end of the 2025 season of the Belgian rider. For the 28-year-old, a career full of placings and one victory, the Tour de l’Eurometropole (2019). Situation WT team by team (in progress): Cofidis – IN Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA), Axel Mariault (Team U Nantes Atlantique), Christophe Noppe (Arkèa-Samsic), Harrison Wood (AVC Aix-en-Provence); OUT Sander Armée (Retire), Tom Bohli (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), Szymon Sajnok (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team), Kenneth Vanbilsen (Retire), Davide Villella (Retire); RUMOURED: IN; OUT; END OF CONTRACT 2022: ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Piet Allegaert (25), François Bidard (23), André Carvalho (23), Thomas Champion (24), Davide Cimolai (23), Simone Consonni (23), Bryan Coquard (23), Alexandre Delettre (23), Ruben Fernandez (24), Eddy Finé (23), Simon Geschke (24), Jésus Herrada (23), José Herrada (23), Ion Izagirre (24), Wesley Kreder (23), Victor Lafay (23), Jonathan Lastra (24), Axel Mariault (24), Guillaume Martin (24), Christophe Noppe (24), Anthony Perez (23), Pierre-Luc Périchon (23), Alexis Renard (24), Rémy Rochas (23), Benjamin Thomas (23), Hugo Toumire (23), Jelle Wallays (23), Max Walscheid (23), Harrison Wood (24), Axel Zingle (24). Total 30
35yo Dutchman, Steven Kruijswijk has extended his contract with Jumbo-Visma until 2025. He is one of the pillars of the Jumbo-Visma team: present in the team for 17 years now, Steven Kruijswijk will continue the adventure in the Dutch formation. His contract has been extended until 2025, year until which he will remain an important element for his team in the Grand Tours. He finished at the foot of the podium in the Giro d’Italia in 2016, and 3rd in the Tour de France 2019. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Jumbo – Visma – IN Thomas Gloag (Trinity Racing), Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe), Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious), Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ), Dylan Van Baarle (IneosGrenadiers); OUT David Dekker (Arkéa-Samsic), Tom Dumoulin (Retire), Pascal Eenkhoorn (Lotto-Dstny), Chris Harper (Bike Exchange-Jayco), Mike Teunissen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert); RUMOURED: IN; OUT; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Edoardo Affini (23), Tiesj Benoot (25), Koen Bouwman (24), Rohan Dennis (23), Tobias Foss (23), Robert Gesink (23), Thomas Gloag (25), Michel Hessmann (24), Lennard Hofstede (24), Wilco Kelderman (25), Olav Kooij (23), Steven Kruijswijk (25), Sepp Kuss (24), Christophe Laporte (26), Gijs Leemreize (23), Sam Oomen (23), Primoz Roglic (25), Timo Roosen (23), Jan Tratnik (24), Milan Vader (24), Attila Valter (25), Wout Van Aert (26), Dylan Van Baarle (25), Tosh Van Der Sande (25), Mick Van Dijke (24), Tim Van Dijke (24), Jos Van Emden (23), Nathan Van Hooydonck (24), Jonas Vingegaard (24). Total 29
30yo Frenchman Christophe Laporte has extended his contract with Jumbo-Visma until 2026. Indeed, the Varois remains at Jumbo-Visma, an agreement on the extension of 3 years having been found. The native of La Seyne-sur-Mer arrived in 2022 and became an important rider for the Dutch team in his first season – and especially during the Flandriennes, where he was an essential support for Wout Van Aert. Then, he took another step forward this year by winning Ghent-Wevelgem and Through Flanders in the space of four days. Christophe Laporte, who is very much in demand, is said to have turned down a big offer from AG2R Citroën.
Adrien Petit has extended his contract with his team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty until 2025. The 32-year-old Frenchman has signed for two more years with the team he joined in 2022. Considered an excellent Classics rider and a powerful readout man, “le bison” will continue to support Biniam Girmay and others for another two seasons. So far the 2022 season has been the best of his career with great performances at Gent-Wevelgem (Girmay’s win) and Paris-Roubaix (6th, ed.), among others good results. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux – IN Niccolò Bonifazio (TotalEnergies), Lilian Calmejane (Ag2r Citroen), Rui Costa (UAE Emirates), Dries De Pooter (Hagens Berman Axeon), Rune Herregodts (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Arne Marit (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Madis Mihkels (Team Ampler – Tartu2024), Tom Paquot (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Laurenz Rex (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Dion Smith (BikeExchange-Jayco), Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma); OUT Jan Bakelants (Retire), Dmitri Claeys (Retire), Théo Delacroix (St. Michel-Auber 93), Tom Devriendt (Q36.5 Pro Cycling), Jan Hirt (Soudal – Quick Step), Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X), Quinten Hermans (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Andrea Pasqualon (Bahrain-Victorious), Barnabás Peák (Human Powered Health), Domenico Pozzovivo (Israel – PremierTech), Kévin Van Melsen (Retire), Corné Van Kessel (Team Deschacht – Group Hens – Containers Maes); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022: ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Niccolò Bonifazio (23), Sven Erik Bystrøm (23), Lilian Calmejane (24), Rui Costa (23), Aimé De Gendt (23), Dries De Pooter (24), Biniam Girmay Hailu (26), Kobe Goossens (25), Rune Herregodts (24), Laurens Huys (23), Julius Johansen (23), Arne Marit (24), Louis Meintjes (23), Madis Mihkels (24), Hugo Page (25), Tom Paquot (24), Simone Petilli (23), Adrien Petit (25), Baptiste Planckaert (24), Laurenz Rex (27), Lorenzo Rota (24), Dion Smith (24), Rein Taaramae (23), Mike Teunissen (24), Gerbe Thijssens (23), Taco Van Der Hoorn (24), Boy Van Poppel (23), Loic Vliegen (23), Georg Zimmermann (24). Total 29
The Belgian WorldTour team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty has announced the extension of the contracts of 27-year-old Kobe Goossens and 23-year-old Laurenz Rex, both of Belgian nationality. After re-signings, their contracts now expire in 2025 and 2026, respectively.
Jay Vine has extended his contract with UAE Team Emirates until the end of the 2027 season. Vine joined the Middle Eastern formation this year from Alpecin-Fenix. Situation WT team by team (in progress): UAE Team Emirates – IN Sjoerd Bax (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Felix Großschartner (Bora – Hansgrohe), Domen Novak (Bahrain Victorious), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Michael Vink (Bolton Equities Black Spoke), Tim Wellens (Lotto), Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers); OUT Camilo Ardila (Burgos-BH), Alexys Brunel (Retire from 22 Jun), Rui Costa (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Fernando Gaviria (Movistar Team), Yousif Mirza (Ritire), Maximiliano Richeze (Retire), Joel Suter (Tudor Pro Cycling), Oliviero Troia; RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022 ; CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Pascal Ackermann (23), Joao Almeida (27), Juan Ayuso (25), Sjoerd Bax (24), George Bennett (23), Mikkel Bjerg (24), Alessandro Covi (24), Finn Fisher-Black (24), Davide Formolo (24), Ryan Gibbons (23), Felix Groß (24), Felix Großschartner (24), Marc Hirschi (23), Alvaro Hodeg (23), Vegard Stake Laengen (23), Rafal Majka (24), Brandon McNulty (24), Juan Sebastián Molano (24), Domen Novak (24), Ivo Oliveira (23), Rui Oliveira (23), Tadej Pogacar (27), Jan Polanc (23), Marc Soler (23), Matteo Trentin (23), Diego Ulissi (24), Jay Vine (27), Michael Vink (23), Tim Wellens (24), Adam Yates (25). Total 30
Tosh Van der Sande, who joined Jumbo-Visma in 2022, extends for two more seasons, until the end of 2025. The 32 year old Belgian is an important domestique for the Classics and one of the leadout men for Olav Kooij in many races.
Sebastian Mora will ride the second part of the road season with the jersey of Burgos – BH. The Spanish formation, in fact, announced the signing of the Iberian pistard who will have the opportunity to alternate road and track activities in order to better prepare for the upcoming important commitments in the latter specialty: the Glasgow 2023 World Championships and the Paris 2024 Olympics. After his two years with Movistar, the Iberian had left road cycling after competing three races in 2022 with the Manuela Fundacion Continental jersey.
Vojtěch Řepa‘s career comes to an end at only 22 years of age. Indeed, the Czech class of 2000 has announced his retirement from cycling with immediate effect, thus ending his contract with Equipo Kern Pharma. Turning professional with the Spanish formation in January 2021 after a 2020 that had seen him win the national Under-23 title, bronze at the European category championships and the final classification at the Tour of Malopolska (a Polish UCI 2.2 category race), Řepa has not reaped any successes among the pros’ in the past two and a half years, also having to deal in mid-2021 with Bell’s paralysis, which prevented him from racing for several months. However, the 22-year-old has managed to recover from this paralysis, and last season he was even able to participate in the Vuelta a España and completed it.
Here the list in progress of the cyclists that have announced their retirement at the end of 2022 season (age, and team in bracket): WTT: Sander Armée (37 Cofidis), Jan Bakelants (36 Intermarché – Wanty), Carlos Barbero (31 Lotto Soudal), Sam Bewley (35 Team BikeExchange), Matthias Brändle (32 Israel – PremierTech), Alexys Brunel (23 UAE Team Emirates), Alexander Cataford (29 Israel – PremierTech), Dimitri Claeys (35 Intermarché – Wanty), Sonny Colbrelli (32 Bahrain Victorious), Alex Dowsett (33 Israel Start-Premier Tech), Antoine Duchesne (31 Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (31 Jumbo-Visma), Philippe Gilbert (40 Lotto Soudal), Heinrich Haussler (39 Bahrain Victorious), Matthew Holmes (29 Lotto Soudal), Alex Howes (34 EF Education-EasyPost), Iljo Keisse (39 Quick-Step), Tanel Kangert (35 BikeExchange-Jayco), Sebastian Langeveld (37 EF Education-EasyPost), Anthony Jullien (24 AG2R Citroën), Cameron Meyer (34 BikeExchange-Jayco), Yousif Mirza (34 UAE Team Emirates), Lachlan Morton (30 EF Education-EasyPost), Vincenzo Nibali (38 Astana), Hideto Nakane (32 EF Education-EasyPost), Guy Niv (28 Israel-PremierTech), Richie Porte (37 Ineos-Grenadiers), Maximiliano Richeze (39 UAE Team Emirates), Anthony Roux (35 Groupama-FDJ), Stijn Steels (33 QuickStep), Alejandro Valverde (42 Movistar), Kévin van Melsen (35 Intermarché – Wanty), Kenneth Vanbilsen (32 Cofidis), Xandres Vervloesem (22 Lotto-Soudal), Davide Villella (31 Cofidis); PRT: Sergio Araiz (24 Equipo Kern Pharma), Mikel Aristi (29 Euskaltel-Euskadi), Aritz Bagües (33 Caja Rural – Seguros RGA), Marco Canola (34 Gazprom – Rusvelo), Jaimie Castrillo (26 Equipo Kern Pharma), Luca Chirico (30 Drone Hopper – Androni), Alvaro Cuadros (27 Caja-Rural), Jens Debusschere (33 B&B Hotels-KTM), Benjamin Declercq (28 Arkéa-Samsic), Thibault Ferasse (28 B&B Hotels-KTM), Cyril Gautier (35 B&B Hotels-KTM), Romain Hardy (34 Team Arkéa Samsic), Jonathan Hivert (37 B&B Hotels-KTM), Morten Hulgaard (24 Uno-X Pro Cycling), Julen Irizar (27 Euskaltel-Euskadi), Quentin Jauregui (28 B&B Hotels-KTM), Ben King (33 Human Powered Health), Kristian Kulset (26 Uno-X Pro Cycling), Cyril Lemoine (39 B&B Hotels – KTM), Eliot Lietaer (32 B&B Hotels-KTM), Diego Lopez (24 Equipo Kern Pharma), Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar (28 Burgos-BH), Gavin Mannion (31 Human Powered Health), Sacha Modolo (35 Bardiani), Julien Morice (31 B&B Hotels-KTM), Mikel Nieve (38 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Vojtěch Řepa (22 Equipo Kern Pharma), Pierre Rolland (37 B&B Hotels), Diego Rosa (33 Eolo Kometa), Juraj Sagan (38 TotalEnergies), Lars Saugstad (25 Uno-X Pro Cycling), Torjus Sleen (25 Uno-X Pro Cycling), Niki Terpstra (38 Total Energies), Tomas Trainini ((20 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Scott Thwaites (32 Alpacin), Quentin Venner (24 Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Martí Vigo (25 Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Giovanni Visconti (39 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Syver Wærsted (26 Uno-X Pro Cycling), Ilnur Zakarin (33 Gazprom-RusVelo), Edoardo Zardini (33 Drone Hopper).
The 28 yo Nick Schultz have signed a contract extension with Israel – Premier Tech. Having arrived at the team late last December after being left stranded following the collapse of the B&B project, the Australian rider had reached a one-year deal with the relegated team at the professional level. After a good start of 2023, with several top 10 placing, he was able to convince the team to extend his contract that will now expire at the end of 2025. Situation PRT team by team (in progress): Israel Start-Premier Tech – IN Marco Frigo (Israel Cycling Academy), Derek Gee (Israel Cycling Academy), Mason Hollyman (Israel Cycling Academy), Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert), Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Matthew Riccitello (Hagens Berman Axeon), Nick Schultz (Team BikeExchange), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious); OUT Rudy Barbier (St. Michel-Auber 93), Patrick Bevin (Team DSM), Jenthe Biermans (Arkea-Samsic), Mathias Brandle (Retire), Alexander Cataford (Retire), Alessandro De Marchi (Team Bike Exchange), Alex Dowsett (Retire), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team), Guy Niv (Retire), James Piccoli (China Glory); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Sebastien Berwick (23), Guillaume Boivin (23), Simon Clarke (24), Itamar Einhorn (23), Marco Frigo (24), Chris Froome (23), Jakob Fuglsang (24), Derek Gee (25), Omer Goldstein (23), Ben Hermans (23), Reto Hollenstein (23), Mason Hollyman (24), Hugo Houle (24), Daryl Impey (23), Taj Jones (23), Krists Neilands (23), Giacomo Nizzolo (23), Domenico Pozzovivo (23), Jens Reynders (24), Matthew Riccitello (25), Guy Sagiv ((23), Nick Schultz (25), Corbin Strong (24), Dylan Teuns (24), Tom Van Asbroeck (24), Sep Vanmarcke (23), Stephen Williams (23), Michael Woods (23), Mads Würtz Schmidt (24), Rick Zabel (24). Total 30
Antonio Tiberi and Trek – Segafredo have decided to part ways. After the Italian rider’s suspension for the now notorious cat-killing incident, news came today of the termination of his contract with immediate effect. The team said it did not want to make any further statements on this matter at the moment. The statement said, however, that the team management did not like the rider’s attitudes during the suspension, which were deemed unsuitable for a return to competition in this jersey. The reference is supposed to be to public statements made by the rider despite the fact that the team allegedly asked him not to comment on the matter with the press.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Trek – Segafredo – IN Thibau Nys (Baloise – Trek Lions), Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone-Hopper), Mathias Vacek (Gazprom – RusVelo); OUT Gianluca Brambilla (Q36.5 Pro CyclingTeam), Jakob Egholm (Restaurant Suri – Carl Ras), Alexander Kamp (Tudor Pro Cycling), Matteo Moschetti (Q36.5 Pro CyclingTeam), Simon Pellaud (Tudor Pro Cycling), Antonio Tiberi (Bahrein Victorius?); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Jon Aberasturi (23), Filippo Baroncini (23), Julien Bernard (23), Marc Brustenga (23), Dario Cataldo (24), Giulio Ciccone (24), Kenny Elissonde (23), Tony Gallopin (23), Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (23), Asbjørn Hellemose (23), Markus Hoelgaard (23), Daan Hoole (23), Alex Kirsch (23), Emils Liepins (23), Juan Pedro Lopez (25), Bauke Mollema (26), Jacopo Mosca (23), Thibau Nys (24), Mads Pedersen (25), Quinn Simmons (23), Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (24), Toms Skujiņš (24), Jasper Stuyven (25), Natnael Tesfatsion (24), Edward Theuns (23), Antwan Tolhoek (23), Mathias Vacek (25), Otto Vergaerde (23). Total 28
The termination of the contract between Antonio Tiberi and Trek – Segafredo is imminent. After the three-week suspension as a result of the news about the killing of a cat with a rifle, the U.S. formation no longer raced with the cyclist. The 21-year-old Italian from Frosinone is followed by the Carera brothers, and the former junior time-trial world champion (2019 in Harrogate) in now been approached by several WorldTour teams. Bahrain – Victorious appears to be the best prospect but also Astana Qazaqstan, Bora – hansgrohe and Team DSM are among the interested teams. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Bahrain Victorious – IN Nikias Arndt (DSM), Nicolò Buratti (Cycling Team Friuli ASD), Dusan Rajovic (Corratec), Matevž Govecar (Tirol KTM Cycling Team), Rainer Kepplinger (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang), Fran Miholjević (Cycling Team Friuli ASD), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarche), Cameron Scott (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast), Sergio Tu (Cycling Team Friuli); OUT Sonny Colbrelli (Retire), Chun Kai Feng (Utsunomiya Blitzen), Heinrich Haussler (Retire), Domen Novak (UAE Emirates), LuisLeón Sánchez (Astana), Jan Tratnik (Jumbo-Visma), Dylan Teuns (Israel-Premier Tech), Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech); RUMOURED: IN Antonio Tiberi (Trek – Segafredo); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Yukiya Arashiro (23), Nikias Arndt (24), Phil Bauhaus (24), Pello Bilbao (24), Santiago Buitrago (23), Nicolò Buratti (25), Damiano Caruso (24), Matevž Govecar (24), Kamil Gradek (24), Jack Haig (25), Rainer Kepplinger (25), Mikel Landa (23), Filip Maciejuk (23), Ahmed Madan (23), Gino Mäder (24), Fran Miholjević (24), Jonathan Milan (23), Matej Mohoric (25), Andrea Pasqualon (24), Hermann Pernsteiner (23), Wout Poels (24), Johan Price-Pejtersen (23), Dusan Rajovic (24), Cameron Scott (24), Jasha Sütterlin (24), Sergio Tu (24), Alfred Wright (23), Edoardo Zambanini (24). Total 28
Nicolò Buratti joins Bahrain Victorious with immediate effect. The 21-year-old from Friuli, who in the last two years and in this first part of 2023 raced in the Under-23 category with the Cycling Team Friuli jersey, will therefore immediately turn professional with the Middle Eastern formation, with which in recent months he had already signed a contract for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Capable of taking a dozen victories in 2022 and coming close to success at Ghent-Wevelgem U23 two weeks ago, Buratti will make his pro debut as early as this Wednesday at the Arrow of Brabant.
The search for a team continues for Nairo Quintana. Left without a contract since the end of last season after the termination of his relationship with Arkéa-Samsic, a consequence of his Tramadol positivity and subsequent disqualification from the 2022 Tour de France, the Colombian rider has now been searching for several months for a team. The 33-year-old, who has only competed in the Colombian National Championships this 2023, taking third place in the road race, has been approached by numerous formations in recent weeks, both WorldTour and Professional, but none of these rumors have materialized so far. However, according to the Colombian website Semana, Soudal-QuickStep have a great interested in signing Quintana. The team is one of the few WorldTour teams with fewer than 30 riders. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Arkea-Samsic– IN Louis Barré (Team U Nantes Atlantique), Jenthe Biermans (Israel), Ewen Costiou (Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-U), Clement Champoussin (Ag2r), David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma), Mathis Le Berre (Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-U), Luca Mozzato (B&B Hotels – KTM), Andrii Ponomar (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Cristian Rodriguez (TotalEnergies); OUT Winner Anacona (Colombia Pacto por el Deporte), Benjamin Declercq (Retire?), Miguel Florez (GW Shimano-Sidermec), Romain Hardy (Retire), Christophe Noppe (Cofidis), Dayer Quintana (Colombia Pacto por el Deporte), Nairo Quintana (Soudal-QuickStep?), Markus Pajur (Team Tartu2024), Connor Swift (Ineos-Grenadiers); RUMOURED: IN; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022: ; Current 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Warren Barguil (23), Louis Barré (24), Jenthe Biermans (23), Maxime Bouet (23), Nacer Bouhanni (23), Amaury Capiot (23), Clement Champoussin (23), Ewen Costiou (24), David Dekker (24), Anthony Delaplace (24), Nicolas Edet (23), Elie Gesbert (23), Donovan Grondin (24), Thibault Guernalec (23), Simon Guglielmi (23), Hugo Hofstetter (23), Mathis Le Berre (24), Kevin Ledanois (23), Matis Louvel (24), Daniel McLay (23), Luca Mozzato (23), Lukasz Owsian (23), Laurent Pichon (23), Andrii Ponomar (23), Michel Ries (23), Alan Riou (23), Cristian Rodriguez (23), Clement Russo (23), Kevin Vauquelin (25), Alessandro Verre (24). Total 30
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Soudal – Quick Step– IN Jan Hirt (Intermarchè), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Casper Pedersen (Team DSM), Martin Svrček (Biesse – Carrera); OUT Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Mikkel Honoré (EF Education – EasyPost), Iljo Keisse (Retire), Stijn Steels (Retire), Zdenek Stybar (Team Bike Exchange); RUMOURED: In Nairo Quintana (Arkea); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022 – ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Julian Alaphilippe (24), Kasper Asgreen (24), Andrea Bagioli (23), Davide Ballerini (23), Mattia Cattaneo (23), Rémi Cavagna (23), Josef Cerny (23), Tim Declercq (23), Dries Devenyns (23), Remco Evenepoel (26), Jan Hirt (24), Fabio Jakobsen (23), James Knox (23), Yves Lampaert (25), Fausto Masnada (24), Tim Merlier (25), Michael Morkov (23), Casper Pedersen (24), Mauro Schmid (23), Florian Senechal (23), Pieter Serry (23), Jannik Steimle (23), Martin Svrček (24), Bert Van Lerberghe (23), Stan Van Tricht (23), Ilan Van Wilder (23), Mauri Vansevenant (23), Ethan Vernon (23), Louis Vervaeke (23). Total 29
Heinrich Haussler is hanging up his bike. In fact, his team, Bahrain Victorious, has announced the retirement from professional cycling of the 39-year-old, who, however, will not leave the cycling world since will take a role as sport director in the team. Forcing the Australian to retire were some heart problems found during the team’s annual routine checks. Haussler full profile here.
Chris Lawless lands in the Lotto Dstny Development squad. The British sprinter, a former Team Sky and TotalEnergies (in 2022) rider, had been without a team a few weeks ago after the sudden closure of AT85 Pro Cycling, a British Continental team with which the 27-year-old had signed last December. Capable of imposing himself in a stage of the 2018 Settimana Coppi e Bartali and in the final classification of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, Lawless will then be part of the Lotto Dstny Development Team until the end of the year in the role of mentor for the younger riders, but he will also have the opportunity to participate in some first-team races. (see also 4 Dec 22)
Carlos Barbero ends his professional cycling career. The Spaniard, 31, had not found a team after his last experience in the peloton, in the then Lotto-Soudal, and had spent the winter session looking for a contract. That did not materialize, however, and after waiting a few weeks, Barbero decided to put an end to his racing experience. The Spaniard, who has worn the colors of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Movistar, NTT, Qhubeka-Assos and precisely Lotto-Soudal, hangs up his bike with 12 victories in his trophy cabinet.
Situation WT (PRT next season) team by team: Lotto-Dstny – IN Johannes Adamietz (Saris Rouvy Sauerland), Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma), Jacopo Guarnieri (Groupama-FDJ), Arjen Livyns (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces WB), Milan Menten (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces WB), Alec Segaert ((Lotto Development), Eduardo Sepulveda (Drone Hopper Androni), Liam Slock (Lotto Soudal Development), Jarne Van De Paar (Lotto Development), Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto – Soudal U23); OUT Carlos Barbero (Retire), Filippo Conca (Q36. 5 PRO CYCLING TEAM), Steff Cras (TotalEnergies), Philippe Gilbert (Retire), Matthew Holmes (Retire), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Denver Disruptors), Roger Kluge (Rad-net Oßwald Team), Kamil Malecki (Q36.5 Pro Cycling), Harm Vanhoucke (Team DSM), Viktor Verschaeve (Lotto Dstny Development Team), Xandres Vervloesem (Retire), Tim Wellens (UAE Emirates); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT – ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Johannes Adamietz (24), Cedric Beullens (23), Victor Campenaerts (24), Jasper De Buyst (24), Thomas De Gendt (24), Arnaud De Lie (24), Jarrad Drizners (23), Pascal Eenkhoorn (24), Caleb Ewan (24), Frederik Frison (23), Sebastien Grignard (24), Jacopo Guarnieri (24), Andreas Kron (24), Arjen Livyns (24), Milan Menten (24), Sylvan Moniquet (24), Mathijs Paasschens (24), Michael Schwarzmann (23), Alec Segaert ((25), Rudiger Selig (23), Eduardo Sepulveda (23), Liam Slock (24), Harry Sweeny (23), Jarne Van De Paar (25), Lennert Van Eetvelt (24), Maxim Van Gils (24), Brent Van Moer (23), Florian Vermeersch (24). Total 27
German, 25-year-old Miguel Heidemann was one of the riders left in trouble by the disappearance of Jerome Pineau’s B&B Hotels but he found a way to continue his career. Heidemann, a good time trial performer, was in fact put under contract by Leopard Togt, a Danish Continental formation.
Domenico Pozzovivo, 40yo, is officially an Israel – Premier Tech rider up to the end of the season. The transfer did not come in time for him to participate in Tirreno – Adriatico as hoped, so much so that the Israeli formation started with one man less, but it has now been ratified by the UCI. His first goal is to participate in the Giro d’Italia.
Twenty-eight-year-old Italian Edward Ravasi, looking for a team after his non-renewal with Eolo-Kometa has reached an agreement with Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang, an Austrian-based Continental formation, and for one year will be able to bring to his new formation the experience gained in the past 6 years at a high level, between UAE Team Emirates and Eolo-Kometa.
According to a report in the Gazzetta dello Sport, experienced Domenico Pozzovivo the doors to Israel – Premier Tech could be opened, although “the situation is not yet fully defined.” Thus, a new possibility opens up for Domenico Pozzovivo. Left without a contract due to the non-agreement of Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert, whose management regretfully explained that they could not offer him more than the minimum wage, the climber from Basilicata continues to train in view of a 2023 in which he wants to confirm what he did well last year, a season in which he showed that he can still aspire to important results in top races. After a decent placing at the Giro d’Italia, and being forced to withdraw from the Vuelta a España, the 40-year-old was again showing excellent form in the Italian autumn races, with placings at Coppa Agostoni (5th), Giro dell’Emilia (3rd) and Tre Valli Varesine (8th).
Lotto Dstny announces the promotion of Alec Segaert from their development team with immediate effect. The 20 yo Belgian has already signed a contract with the team until 2025 but his move to pro cycling has been therefore anticipated. Winner of Piccolo Lombardia and a European time trial champion, as well as vice-world champion in the specialty, the 20-year-old Belgian is one of the most interesting prospects of the team.
Following the closure of B&B Hotels-KTM, Jens Debusschere, will retire from professional cycling on 26 June 2023 after the Belgian National Championship. The 33-year-old Belgian, who has also worn the jerseys of Lotto Soudal and Katusha-Alpecin in his career, had been racing for the last three seasons for the transalpine formation led by Jerome Pineau, with whom he also had a contract through 2023, but the failure of the French manager’s ambitious project left him without a signing. He was unable to find a team in the last months, and has decided to continue the activity as an ‘independent’ rider creating the Yaro-Belisol. With the help of some personal sponsor: “I will continue until the Belgian championships by participating in kermesse and gravel races.” Debusschere full profile here
Rohan Dennis will hang up his bike at the end of the year. The Jumbo – Visma rider has, in fact, announced on social media that this will be his last season in the peloton. Born in 1990, the Australian will close his career at the age of 33, with a respectable palmares. The Adelaide native, who recently returned to victory just at the Tour Down Under, his home race, was a time-trail world champion for two consecutive years and won stages in all three grand tours, also wearing the Pink, Yellow and Red Jerseys for at least one day. Dennis full profile here
The 22 yo Belgian Jarne Van De Paar has been promoted from the Lotto U23 team to Lotto Dstny main squad after a successful experience in a recent team’s training camp along with riders from the first team. Van De Paar, a rider with sprinter characteristics, has signed until 2025.
22 year Venezuelan-born Spaniard climber Ricardo Zurita, who raced among the pros in 2022 in the Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli jersey, has signed a contract with the Spanish amateur formation Club Ciclista Padronés Cortizo. has been forced to hang his bike take a step back. The closure of the Italian team left him without a team and he has been unable to find a professional contract.
2023 will be Peter Sagan‘s last season on the road. The three-time world champion will leave the peloton at the end of the current season, anticipating the natural end of his current contract with TotalEnergies, with whom he had signed a three-year deal last winter. The Slovak rider has also announced that he will again try the Olympic adventure in MTB at the Paris 2024 Games. Sagan full profile here
During a press conference, Nairo Quintana has denied rumours of his possible retirement and the Colombian said that he will soon travel to Europe to look for a new team. In the meanwhile, José Juliàn Velasques, general manager of Team Medellin, said that ‘the doors are still open’. After signing Miguel Angel Lopez, in fact, the Colombian team had also put the other big Colombian name left without a team in its sights and continues to court him.
Another rider left stranded after the closure of B&B Hotels – KTM has found a new team. In fact, 27yo French Sprinter Jérémy Lecroq will ride for the French amateur team Philippe Wagner Cycling.
39 yo Argentinian sprinter Maximiliano Richeze is ending his career at the end of his home race, the Vuelta a San Juan 2023, in which he is participating wearing the national selection jersey. Left without a team after his contract with UAE Team Emirates expired, Richeze seemed to be able to find a place with B&B Hotels-KTM (as a readout man for Mark Cavendish), but the closure of the French team left him without a contract for the current season. In his palmaires 17 victories, including two stages at the 2007 Giro d’Italia. Also his 2022 season teammate, the 34 yo Emirati Yousif Mirza have announced his retirement.
Official signing of Dutch 27-year-old Cees Bol by Astana Qazaqstan. Bol has signed for one year and will be the lead-out man for Mark Cavendish, who officially arrived in the Kazakhstan line-up yesterday. The former DSM rider had reached an agreement with B&B before the French team closed. Bol would be the 31st rider in the team, and so making way for him is Artyom Zakharov, who will move to the Astana Qazaqstan Development Team in order to also focus on the track with the aim of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Astana Qazaqstan Team – IN Clees Bol (Team DMS), Mark Cavendish (Quick Step), Igor Chzhan (Trainee – Almaty Cycling Team), Gianmarco Garofoli (Astana Qazaqstan Development Team), Martin Laas (Bora – hansgrohe), Luis León Sánchez (Bahrain Victorious), Gleb Syritsa (Trainee – Lokosphinx in ’21); OUT Valerio Conti (Team Corratec), Stefan De Bod (EF Education-EasyPost), Michele Gazzoli (suspended for 1 year), Sebastian Henao (from 1 Aug’22), Miguel Angel Lopez (Team Medellin), Vincenzo Nibali (retire), Artyom Zakharov (Astana Qazaqstan Development Team); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Leonardo Basso (23), Samuele Battistella (24), Manuele Boaro (23), Clees Bol (23), Gleb Brussenskiy (23), Mark Cavendish (23), Igor Chzhan (24), David de la Cruz (23), Joe Dombrowski (23), Yevgeniy Fedorov (24), Fabio Felline (23), Gianmarco Garofoli (24), Yevgeniy Gidich (23), Dmitriy Gruzdev (23), Martin Laas (23), Alexey Lutsenko (24), Davide Martinelli (23), Gianni Moscon (23), Yuriy Natarov (23), Antonio Nibali (23), Nurbergen Nurlykhassym (23), Vadim Pronskiy (23), Alexandr Riabushenko (23), Javier Romo (23), Luis León Sánchez (23), Christian Scaroni (23), Gleb Syritsa (24), Harold Tejada (23), Simone Velasco (23), Andrey Zeits (23). Total 30
After weeks of rumours, it is now official: Mark Cavendish is a new rider for Astana Qazaqstan. The British sprinter has signed a one-year contract with the Kazakh team led by Alexandr Vinokourov, which he joins after the end of his adventure with QuickStep, a team that had not offered him a renewal in recent months, and after the failure of the B&B Hotels-KTM project, which he was initially due to join. The 37-year-old, who boasts 161 career wins, will thus be able to try and increase his haul of victories in 2023, with the aim of attempting to break the record for stage wins in the Tour de France.
Former Ag2r rider Alexis Gougeard, who raced last year in the B&B Hotels-KTM jersey and, like the other members of the team, suddenly found himself without a contract in mid-December due to the closure of the French formation. The 29-year-old, who was capable in his career of winning a stage at the Vuelta a España and ten other victories in the pro peloton, managed to find a signing. In 2023, he will ride for the French amateur team VC Rouen 76 in which he will reunite with another former B&B Hotels rider, Alan Boileau.
On his Instagram profile, British rider Matthew Holmes, who has been a Lotto Soudal rider for the past three years, decided to hang up his bike. Winner of the queen stage of the 2020 Tour Down Under with finish at Willunga Hill, beating Richie Porte, the 29-year-old was not confirmed by the Belgian team at the end of last season.
The 32-year-old Belgian Eliot Lietaer, a former rider of B&B Hotels-KTM, is forced to end his professional career after failing to find a contract after the French team closed down. A career that began in 2012 with Topsport Vlaanderen and which, in eleven seasons, also saw the 32-year-old race for Wallonie – Brussels, before the last two years with the team led by Jérôme Pineau. In those years, Lietaer only took one victory in the pro peloton, a stage win at the 2014 Boucles de la Mayenne.
The 30-year-old Romanian Eduard Grosu drops down from Professional to Continental level. After he rode for Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli in 2022, he switched to HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski, a Continental team. In his career, Grosu has won 18 races, his last in 2022 a stage at the Tour of Romania.
The 25-year-old Spaniard Martí Vigo, who has raced for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec and Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli in recent years, is leaving competitive road cycling. Vigo had been left without a team after the Professional team led by Gianni Savio restarted as a Continental-level formation, with a Colombian licence and a restricted workforce. Vigo decided to call it quits on the road and devote himself to gravel racing.
The 35-year-old transalpine rider Cyril Gautier, who was left without a team following the closure of B&B Hotels-KTM, announced on his Twitter profile that 2022 was his last season as a professional. The Breton rider ends his 16-year career in which he obtained five successes, the Route Adélie de Vitré, the Tour du Finistère, two stages at the Tour du Limousin and the Paris-Camembert.
Sebastian Schönberger is a new rider for Human Powered Health. The 28-year-old Austrian rider arrives in the US following the closure of B&B Hotels – KTM, the team he rode for the past three seasons. Still searching for his first professional victory, the Linz-born climber reaced for the Tour de France 2022, his first Grand Tour, which he finished in 33rd place.
25 yo Frenchman Pierre Barbier, left stranded after the closure of B&B Hotels – KTM, has signed for one year with the Continental CIC U Nantes Atlantique.
Colombian Continental Team Medellin has made official the signing for one year of 28yo Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). See 5 January for more info.
24 yo Alejandro Ropero have signed for one year with the Spanish Continental Electro Hiper Europa. Ropero left without a team after not been confirmed by Eolo Kometa, was seventh in the National Spanish Elite Championship in ’22 and won a stage in the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia (U23) ’20.
The 27-year-old Polish rider Kamil Malecki, who had raced with Lotto Soudal in the past two years but was not confirmed by the Belgian team at the end of last season, have signed for one year with the new Professional Q36.5 Pro Cycling team led by Douglas Ryder. Malecki is the 24th rider in the 2023 squad of the Swiss-licensed team. Situation PRT team by team (in progress): Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team – IN Negasi Haylu Abreha (Team Qhubeka), Matteo Badilatti (Groupama), Jack Bauer (BikeExchange), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek), Walter Calzoni (Gallina Ecotek Lucchini Colosio), Marcel Camprubí (EOLO-Kometa U23), Fabio Christen (EF Education-NIPPO Development Team), Filippo Colombo (Swiss Racing Academy), Filippo Conca (Lotto); Corey Davis (Maloja), Tom Devriendt (Intermarché), Mark Donovan (DSM), Alessandro Fedeli (EOLO-Kometa), Carl Fredik Hagen (Israel), Damien Howson (BikeExchange), Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama), Kamil Malecki (Lotto Soudal),Cyrus Monk (MEIYO CCN), Matteo Moschetti (Trek), Nicolò Parisini (Team Qhubeka), Antonio Puppio (Israel Cycling Academy), Joey Rosskopf (Human Powered), Szymon Sajnok (Cofidis), Nickolas Zukowsky (Human Powered); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022: ; CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Negasi Haylu Abreha (24), Matteo Badilatti (23), Jack Bauer (23), Gianluca Brambilla (23), Walter Calzoni(24), Marcel Camprubí (24), Fabio Christen (24), Filippo Colombo (24), Filippo Conca (24), Corey Davis (23), Tom Devriendt (24), Mark Donovan (23), Alessandro Fedeli (23), Carl Fredik Hagen (23), Damien Howson(24), Tobias Ludvigsson (24), Kamil Malecki (23), Cyrus Monk (24), Matteo Moschetti (23), Nicolò Parisini (24), Antonio Puppio(24), Joey Rosskopf (24), Szymon Sajnok (23), Nickolas Zukowsky (23). Total 24
The 25-year-old Colombian climber Juan Diego Alba has signed for a year with the Ecuadorian Continental team Movistar-Best PC. The former Movistar rider, had been sidelined by the closure of the Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, and unlike some of his former team-mates had not found a place in the new Colombian outfit GW Shimano-Sidermec.
According to TeleMedellin, 28yo Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez will start again from his home country. The climber from Boyaca, who was fired on the spot by Astana Qazaqstan because of his involvement in the Ilex operation carried out by the Spanish justice system, will wear the colours of Team Medellin this year, a long-standing Continental Colombian formation. The debut could even be in January for the Vuelta a San Juan, the Argentinean race that has already invited Team Medellin.
Cofidis has announced the contract extension of Axel Zingle and Alexis Renard. Both already under contract until the end of 2023 have extended until the end of the 2024 season. Having joined the team at the beginning of 2022, the two French riders had a very different year, with Zingle managing to take three victories, Route Adélie de Vitré, Famenne Ardenne Classic and a stage at the Arctic Race of Norway and several good placings, including third place in the national championships road race. Renard was instead forced to stop in July due to a heart problem that will keep him away from racing until February.
Announcing his decision on his Instagram profile, Spaniard Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar, who has been racing in the Burgos-BH jersey for the past two years, is retiring. The 28-year-old, who has also ridden for Euskadi Basque Country-Murias in the past, was not confirmed by the Iberian team for 2023 and has therefore taken the decision to hang up his bike.
Situation PRT team by team (in progress): Burgos-BH team – IN Clement Alleno (NeoPro), Rodrigo Alvarez (NeoPro), Antonio Angulo (Euskaltel), Andrés Camilo Ardila (UAE), Cyril Barthe (B&B), José Manuel Diaz (Gazprom – dal 3/6/22), Eric Fagúndez (NeoPro), Miguel Angel Fernández (Global 6 Cycling), Alejandro Franco (NeoPro); OUT Oscar Cabedo (Vorarlberg), Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar (Retire), Alex Molenaar (Electro Hiper), Adrià Moreno (Ritiro), Gabriel Muller (Global 6 Cycling), Mihkel Räim (ATT Investments); END OF CONTRACT 2022: André Domingues, Diego Rubio; CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Clement Alleno (24), Rodrigo Alvarez (24), Antonio Angulo (23), Mario Aparicio (23), Andrés Camilo Ardila(23), Cyril Barthe (23), Jetse Bol (23), José Manuel Diaz (23), Jesus Ezquerra (23), Eric Fagúndez (24), Miguel Angel Fernández (23), Alejandro Franco (24), Angel Fuentes (23), Victor Langellotti (23), Angel Madrazo (23), Daniel Navarro (23), Ander Okamika (23), Felipe Orts (23), Óscar Pelegrí (23), Manuel Peñalver(23), Pelayo Sanchez (23). Total 21
Franck Bonnamour is officially a new rider for Ag2r Citroën after signing a two year contract with the French team. The 27-year-old signed a contract valid until the end of the 2024 season after being left without a team due to the closure of B&B Hotels-KTM. Turning professional in 2016, Bonnamour has made his mark especially in the last two years, in which he was able to achieve several placings until taking his first pro success last August, at the Polynormande. In 2021, Bonnamour was awarded as “super-combatif de la Grande Boucle”, a race where he was capable of several breakaways. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Ag2r Citroen – IN Alex Baudin (Tudor Pro Cycling), Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels), Pierre Gautherat (SCO Dijon – Team Matériel – Velo.com), Bastien Tronchon (Stagiaire); OUT Lilian Calmejane (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Clément Champoussin (Arkéa-Samsic), Anthony Jullien (?), Bob Jungels (BORA-hansgrohe), Gijs van Hoecke (Human Powered Health); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Alex Baudin (24), Clement Berthet (24), Franck Bonnamour (24), Geoffrey Bouchard (23), Mikael Cherel (23), Benoit Cosnefroy (23), Stan Dewulf (24), Félix Gall (23), Pierre Gautherat (24), Dorian Godon (25), Jaakko Hänninen (24), 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 (25), Antoine Raugel (23), Valentin Retailleau (24), Marc Sarreau (23), Michael Schar (23), Damien Touzé (24), Bastien Tronchon (25), Greg Van Avermaet (23), Andrea Vendrame (23), Clément Venturini (23), Larry Warbasse (23). Tot 29
After two years with the Spanish Professional Burgos-BH, 37yo Frenchman Gabriel Muller moved to Continental New Zealand’s Global 6 Cycling.
The Canadian twenty-nine years old Alexander Cataford did not have his contract extended by the Israel-Premier Tech team and unable to find a new team decided to retire. Cataford did not obtain any major result but has been a precious domestique who took also part in two Giri d’Italia and a Vuelta a España.
The 31-year-old from Montreal James Piccoli, unconfirmed by Israel-PremierTech, has announced that he has reached an agreement with China Glory, a Continental level formation. The Canadian won the Tour of Gila General Classification (GC) ’19, the Tour de Bouce GC ’18 and was 2nd in the GC of Tour of Ruanda ’21.
After not been confirmed from Bardiani, the 35-year-old Italian Sacha Modolo has announced decided to hang up his bicycle after a long pro career since 2010 and marked by 49 successes including two stages at Giro D’Italia (both in ’15). During his 13 year long professional experience Model raced with several top teams, such as Lampre-Merida, EF Pro Cycling and Alpecin-Fenix. Modolo has had one of the most prolific careers among Italian cyclists of the last decade thanks to his skills as a sprinter
The US Professional team Human Powered Health did not extend his expiring contract to 31yo US rider Gavin Mannion and the North American, winner also of the Colorado Classic in ’18, decided had to end his career.
25 yo Frenchman Pierre Barbier and 20 yo Canadian Raphaël Parisella will still be in the peloton in 2023: after Franck Bonnamour, linked to Ag2r and who yesterday confirmed that he will announce the name of his new team in the coming days, Pierre Barbier and Canadian Raphaël Parisella have announced that they have found a contract for 2023 after the end of B&B Hotels. All of them have no specified the name of their new team. Rumours are suggesting that Barbier will be heading towards Bingoal.
32 yo British rider Scott Thwaites, not confirmed by Alpecin and unable to find a new team for 2023, has decided to end his career. Thwaites, who stops after nine seasons in the pro peloton, had previously ridden for Alpecin – Fenix (3 years), Dimension Data and NetApp-Endura. The Brit has obtained various good placings in his career and has been a lead-out man for the team sprinters. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Alpecin-Deceuninck – IN Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck Development), Robbe Ghys (Sport Vlaanderen), Kaden Groves (BikeExchange), Quinten Hermans (Intermarché), Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM), Jensen Plowright (NeoPro), Ramon Sinkeldam (Groupama-FDJ), David Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck Development); OUT Sjoerd Bax (UAE), Floris De Tier (Bingoal), Tim Merlier (Quick-Step), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bingoal), Scott Thwaites (Retire), Jay Vine (UAE); RUMOURED: IN Jason Osborne (Alpecin-Deceuninck Development); OUT Julien Vermote (?); END OF CONTRACT 2022: Edward Anderson, Julien Vermote; Current 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Maurice Ballerstedt (24), Tobias Bayer (23), Nicola Conci (23), Dries De Bondt (23), Silvan Dillier (23), Samuel Gaze (24), Robbe Ghys (25), Michael Gogl (23), Kaden Groves (24), Quinten Hermans (25), Jimmy Janssens (23), Soren Kragh Andersen (24), Alexander Krieger (23), Senne Leysen (23), Jakub Mareczko (23), Xandro Meurisse (25), Stefano Oldani (23), Jasper Philipsen (24), Edward Planckaert (23), Jensen Plowright (25) Jonas Rickaert (25), Oscar Riesebeek (23), Kristian Sbaragli (23), Ramon Sinkeldam (24), Robert Stannard (23), Lionel Taminiaux (23), Fabio Van Den Bossche (23), Mathieu Van Der Poel (25), Gianni Vermeersch (25). Total 29
Also hanging up his bike just hours before the start of the 2023 season is 24-year-old Belgian Quentin Venner. The Belgian has had physical problems throughout the year, racing for only six days without completing any races. Venner, who saw his contract with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB not renewed, has therefore decided to end his career.
In an interview with WielerFlits, Intermarché team manager Aike Visbeek said that there is still no agreement between Domenico Pozzovivo and Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert. In fact, both parties would like to continue a partnership after a season that proved to be very fruitful, despite the unfortunate episodes that affected the season of the 40 yo Italian climber, but what is missing is the economic agreement as the team has a limited budget. “…..Our budget is finished, no matter how painful this is for Domenico Pozzovivo. Everyone wonders why he doesn’t have a contract yet, but for us there is a very logical explanation for this. We don’t have the money….. I would like to add another climber, because we need to reinforce that area, but it is very difficult for us …. On paper we still have a place for a rider, but for the moment our budget is holding us back. And that’s what we told Pozzovivo. We could only offer him a contract with the minimum salary. We received a counter-offer and all together we tried to find a solution but in our last meeting supply and demand were still too far apart.”
It is now official and David van der Poel, 30, brother of Mathieu, has been moved by the team management from the WorldTour Alpecin-Deceuninck to their Continental development team (see also 21 December).
Ag2r Citroen made official the farewell of Anthony Jullien, the team only rider left with an expiring contractwith the French team. The 24-year-old, who has raced little this year due to a mild heart arrhythmia that required extensive examinations, will now have the arduous task of finding a contract for 2023 so as not to be forced to hang up his bike early.
After three years with Professional Burgos-BH team, the 23 year old Dutchman Alex Molenaar have joined Electro Hiper Europa, a Spanish-licensed Continental formation signing for one year. Molenaar won a stage in the Tour de Langkawi in 2022 and the general classification of the Tour of Romania in 2019.
Jan Bakelants has decided to end his professional career. The 36-year-old Belgian did not receive an offer to renew his expiring contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and did not find another team in 2023. Bakelants ends his career after 15 seasons, in which he wore the jerseys of OmegaPharma-Lotto, Ag2r La Mondiale, RadioShack and Sunweb, before moving to Intermarché, where he stayed for three seasons. In his carrier there are seven victories, including a stage at the 2013 Tour de France, the 2015 Giro dell’Emilia and a stage at the Tour of Wallonia 2022.
The 34 yo Italian Marco Canola says goodbye to professional road racing. After the closure of Gazprom – Rusvelo, the experienced rider from Vicenza was unable to find a new team during 2022, and thus ended up with the painful decision to say goodbye to the peloton. In his carrier, Canola has obtained 9 wins including a stage in the Giro D’Italia ’14, a Volta Limburg Classic ’17 and a Japan Cup Cycle Road Race ’17.
Riccardo Ciuccarelli had signed a professional contract with Gianni Savio’s Drone Hopper-Androni in 2021, valid from 2023. The agreement was to remain among the Under-23s for one more season to gain more experience and hone his qualities. But Savio’s formation, no longer being a Professional and having acquired the Continental licence under the name GW Shimano-Sidermec, had to restrict its workforce to sixteen riders. Ciuccarelli, who was not initially confirmed by the team, will remain another season at the Biesse-Carrera. Savio has financially supported the signing, guaranteeing that Ciuccarelly will finally turn professional with him from 2024.
28-year-old Australian Nick Schultz has joined Israel – Premier Tech on a one-year contract. The Australian rider was expected to join B&B Hotels – KTM and was left without a team after Jerome Pineau’s ambitious project collapsed. A professional since 2017 with Caja Rural – RGA, Schultz has then raced since 2019 with the Australian WT Mitchelton – Scott which became BikeExchange last year, achieving two career wins, a stage at the 2019 Herald Sun Tour and the 2021 Sazka Tour.
Situation WT team by team: Team BikeExchange – IN Welay Hagos Berhe (EF Education-NIPPO Development Team), Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Premier Tech), Eddie Dunbar (IneosGrenadiers), Felix Engelhardt (Tirol KTM Cycling Team), Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma), Blake Quick (Trinity Racing), Rudy Porter (Trinity Racing), Lukas Pöstlberger (BORA-hansgrohe), Elmar Reinders (Riwal), Zdeněk Štybar (Quick-Step), Filippo Zana (Bardiani CSF); OUT Jack Bauer (Q36.5 Pro CyclingTeam), Sam Bewley (Retire), Alex Edmondson (Team DSM), Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Damien Howson (Q36.5 Pro CyclingTeam), Tanel Kangert (Retire), Alexander Konychev (Team Corratec), Cameron Meyer (Retire), Nick Schultz (Israel – Premier Tech), Dion Smith (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Alexandre Balmer (23), Welay Hagos Berhe (25), Kevin Colleoni (23), Lawson Craddock (23), Alessandro De Marchi (23), Eddie Dunbar (25), Luke Durbridge (24), Felix Engelhardt (24), Tsgabu Grmay (23), Dylan Groenewegen (24), Lucas Hamilton (24), Chris Harper (24), Michael Hepburn (23), Amund Grondahl Jansen (23), Chris Juul-Jensen (23), Jan Maas (24), Michael Matthews (25), Luka Mezgec (24), Kelland O’Brien (23), Jesus David Peña (23), Rudy Porter (24), Lukas Pöstlberger (24), Blake Quick (24), Elmar Reinders (24), Callum Scotson (24), Matteo Sobrero (23), Campbell Stewart (23), Zdeněk Štybar (23), Simon Yates (24), Filippo Zana (25). Total 30
The descent to Continental level of Estonian Markus Pajur is now official. The 22-year-old sprinter had not been confirmed by Arkéa-Samsic and was already in talks with his country’s Tartu 2024 Cycling Team, although he had taken a few weeks to consider other offers, which did not come. Pajur signed for one year.
The National Cycling League (NLC), a new sporting entity that will take shape following the example of the other professional leagues that characterise the American scene, will come to life in 2023. The newly created Denver Disruptors have been able to attract a few former WT riders including the Colombian Sergio Henao (ex Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Team Sky and UAE Team) and the South African Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (ex Lotto-Soudal and Team Qhubeka ASSOS). The team also comprise Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia), Ulises Alfredo Castillo (Mexico), Noah Granigan (USA), Oskar Nisu (Estonia), Riley Sheehan (USA) and five times Romanian national champion Sergei Tvetcov.
The 18 yo Swiss rider Jan Christen had already signed a contract with UAE Team Emirates until 2027, but will race next year with Hagens Berman Axeon before switching to UAE Team Emirates. Christen is the reigning European champion, as well as World Champion of the juniors category.
David van der Poel, 30, brother of Mathieu, will be moved by the team management from the WorldTour Alpecin-Deceuninck to their Continental development team. According to WielerFlits, the place that will thus remain vacant, the Belgian team already had 30 riders in the squad, will be given to the 28-year-old German Jason Osborne. Before amending records lets await for confirmations from all parties.
A disappointed Benjamin Declercq (28) has decided to end his career. Not confirmed by the Breton team Arkéa-Samsic for the 2023 season after 3 seasons with the team, the Belgian rider found himself without a contract for the coming year. Having found no solution, he decided to hang up his bike sooner than he would have liked. He shared his decision on his Instagram account.
The 22 yo Belgian Xandres Vervloesem racing this year for Lotto-Soudal team, has decided to retire from professional cycling: the moral impact that life as a racer has had on him has not been positive, hence his decision to stop competing, leaving behind that dream which, in reality, turned out to be anything but. The following is what he said in a long interview with Sporza: ‘Already in my youth I started to lose the fun, realising that being a cyclist wasn’t just about running fast on a bike: the numbers started to track my life, and that destabilised me. I thought that racing made me happy, but in reality I was anything but happy; when I met my idols I lost my passion for cycling, they turned out to be people with a lot of insecurities and I started to wonder if this was really what I wanted for myself.
Stijn Steels has decided to hang up his bicycle after failing to get his expiring contract with QuickStep-AlphaVynil renewed and finding no other options. The 33-year-old Belgian had also been involved in a nasty crash during the 6 Days of Ghent, suffering a series of fractures. These combined factors therefore prompted Steels to make his retirement official.
The dean of the French professional peloton at 39 years of age, the baroudeur Cyril Lemoine will hang up his bike after the disappearance of his team B&B Hotels – KTM. Lemoine started his career with Crédit Agricole in 2005 before moving on to Skill-Shimano, Saur-Sojasun, Cofidis and B & B Hotels – KTM. He was a classics rider (he competed 14 times in Paris-Roubaix and 12 times in the Tour of Flanders), with 11 Grand Tours (8 Tours and 3 Vueltas), and was a model team-mate and an precious domestique.
According to Luca Gialanella at Gazzetta dello sport, Mark Cavendish will race in 2023 with Astana Qazaqstan Team, the Kazakhstan-based WorldTour formation led by Alexander Vinokourov and Beppe Martinelli. The agreement has been reached today, after the negotiations came to a head in the last few days. Left without a contract after his experience with Quick Step, Cavendish, at almost 38 years of age (he will celebrate his birthday in May) and after 18 seasons as a professional, had a goal: to race the Tour de France in 2023 to try to win a stage and thus surpass the record of stages (34) that he shares with Eddy Merckx. Having vanished the hypothesis of B&B Hotels, the French team that would have guaranteed him an invitation to the Tour, at that point only a WorldTour formation could have secured him the right to race in France. The British signed a one year contract. Cavendish will go on training camp in Spain on Monday and the team mechanics will prepare him the new Wilier Triestina bike. Astana will also take on broad the Dutchman Clees Bol (Team DMS) that initially should have followed him at B&B Hotels as a lead-out man.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team DSM – IN Tobias Lund Andresen (Development Team DSM), Patrick Bevin (Israel Premier Tech), Pavel Bittner (Development Team DSM), Matthew Dinham (Team BridgeLane), Alex Edmondson (Team BikeExchange – Jayco), Sean Flynn (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), Lorenzo Milesi (Development Team DSM), Max Poole (Development Team DSM), Oscar Onley (Development Team DSM), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Casper van Uden (Development Team DSM); OUT Søren Kragh Andersen (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Thymen Arensman (INEOS Grenadiers), Nikias Arndt (Bahrain Victorious), Cees Bol (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Nico Denz (Bora – hansgrohe), Mark Donovan (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team), Joris Nieuwenhuis (Baloise Trek Lions), Casper Pedersen (Soudal Quick-Step); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Tobias Lund Andresen (25), Romain Bardet (24), Patrick Bevin (25), Pavel Bittner (24), Marco Brenner (24), Romain Combaud (24), Alberto Dainese (23), John Degenkolb (24), Matthew Dinham (25), Alex Edmondson (23), Nils Eekhoff (24), Sean Flynn (24), Chris Hamilton (25), Leon Heinschke (23), Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (23), Andreas Leknessund (23), Niklas Markl (24), Marius Mayrhofer (23), Lorenzo Milesi (25), Tim Naberman (23), Oscar Onley (27), Max Poole (24), Frederik Rodenberg Madsen (23), Florian Stork (23), Martijn Tusveld (24), Casper van Uden (24), Henri Vandenabeele (23), Harm Vanhoucke (24), Kevin Vermaerke (25), Sam Welsford (23). Total 30
22-year-old Colombian Daniel Arroyave (EF Education-EasyPost) will return home and ride for Continental Orgullo Paisa, one of the most prestigious teams in the South American country, where he has signed for one year. Situation WT team by team (in progress): EF Education – EasyPost – IN Andrey Amador (Ineos Grenadiers), Jefferson Alexander Cepeda (Drone-Hopper Androni Giocattoli), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Stefan de Bod (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Mikkel Honoré (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Andrea Piccolo (Drone-Hopper Androni Giocattoli); OUT Daniel Arroyave (Orgullo Paisa), Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar), Alex Howes (Retire), Sebastian Langeveld (Retire), Lachlan Morton (Retire), Hideto Nakane (Retire), Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo Development Team); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022: ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Andrey Amador (23), Alberto Bettiol (23), Stefan Bissegger (24), Jonathan Caicedo (23), Diego Camargo (23), Richard Carapaz (25), Simon Carr (24), Hugh Carthy (23), Jefferson Alexander Cepeda (24), Esteban Chaves (24), Magnus Cort (23), Stefan de Bod (24), Owain Doull (23), Odd Christian Eiking (23), Ben Healy (23), Mikkel Honoré (24), Jens Keukeleire (23), Merhawi Kudus (23), Mark Padun (24), Andrea Piccolo (24), Neilson Powless (24), Sean Quinn (23), Jonas Rutsch (24), Tom Scully (23), James Shaw (23), Georg Steinhauser (23), Rigoberto Uran (24), Julius van den Berg (23), Marijn Van Den Berg (23), Łukasz Wiśniowski (23). Total 30
Alpecin-Deceuninck made the signing of Axel Laurance official. The promising 21-year-old Frenchman, who was sidelined due to the closure of B&B Hotels-KTM and has been approached in recent weeks by major teams such as Soudal-QuickStep, has signed a two-year contract with the Belgian formation, which has just been promoted to the WorldTour. As Alpecin has already reached the maximum possible number of riders in the squad for next season (30), the 21-year-old will ride in 2023 with the development squad, before moving to the first team in 2024. Laurance has made his mark this year by taking his first pro’ stage win at the CRO Race and achieving several good placings, including a second place at the Bretagne Classic behind Wout Van Aert.
The 24-year-old Norwegian Iver Skaarseth (Uno-X) was made official by the US team Above + Beyond Cancer Cycling, a team that participates in races on the national calendar in the USA.
25-year-old Luca Vergallito is the winner of the Zwift Academy and thanks to this success he has been hired by Alpecin – Deceuninck. The Italian was given a one-year contract and will be part of Alpecin – Deceuninck Development in 2023. Vergallito follows in the footsteps of previous Zwift Academy winners, as happened two years ago by Jay Vine and last year by Alex Bogna, who is also currently with the Continental team.
Matis Louvel and Kevin Vauquelin had their contract further extended with Arkéa – Samsic signing until 2024 and 2025 respectively. 23 yo Louvel has so far obtained two wins the Druivenkoers – Overijse this year and the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon ’21 and several other good results. 21 yo Vauquelin had an impressive 2022 season and was second at Tour Poitou-Charentes and Tour of Luxembourg and in the at Tour of Oman, Vuelta Asturias and Arctic Race of Norway.
23yo Florian Dauphin was among those who had signed a contract with B&B Hotels – KTM, with whom he raced as a stagiaire in the season finale. It is now virtually impossible for him to find a place, so he will race another season among the amateurs in France with the Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-U.
From its social channels UAE Team Emirates has confirmed that South African Ryan Gibbons and Colombian Juan Sebastian Molano will also be part of the team next year. Gibbons has signed for one year while South American sprinter Molano will remain with the team until at least the end of 2024. With these two renewals, the Emirati line-up arrives at 30 riders in the pink, the maximum allowed for 2023; compared to last year, Ligurian Oliviero Troia, Emirati Yousif Mirza and Argentinean Max Richeze are not reconfirmed.
After five years in the ranks of the Iberian team Burgos-BH, 28-year-old Spaniard Oscar Cabedo has moved to the Austrian Continental team Team Vorarlberg.
After the closure of B&B Hotels-KTM, 31-year-old Julien Morice and 28-year-old Thibault Ferasse, both French, decided to hang up their bikes.
According to reports in Mundo Ciclístico, the roster of Gianni Savio’s new GW Shimano-Sidermec Continental team is now defined. The team will consist of 16 riders, three Europeans and 13 Colombians, and will make its debut in January in Venezuela, at the Vuelta al Táchira 2023. As for the roster, the three European riders will be Gabriele Benedetti, Alessandro Bisolti and Norwegian Trym Holther, all three coming from this year’s Drone Hopper-Androni as well as Colombians Jhonatan Restrepo, Santiago Umba, Brandon Rojas and Didier Merchan. Miguel Eduardo Florez, coming from Arkéa-Samsic, Alejandro Osorio, who had started the season this year with Bahrain Victorious before being sacked for ‘multiple contractual violations’ related to covid, and the very young German Gomez, Edgar Pinzon, Jonathan Guatibonza, Andrés Mancipe, Diego Pescador, William Colorado and Jeferson Ruiz complete the line-up.
32-year-old Belgian Kenneth Vanbilsen has decided to hang up his bike after eight years with Cofidis. The Belgian ends his career with two successes, the Dwars door het Hageland in ’19 and Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise in ’14, and after years of working for his captains. In a post on his instagram account, Vanbilsen explained that although he had received offers from professional teams, he preferred to quit due to a long series of physical problems during his career.
The closure of B&B Hotels – KTM has left many riders on the ground who are trying to decide what to do with their future. Twenty-three-year-old Maxime Chevalier is among those who have decided to stay in the peloton by also agreeing to ride for the amateur formation. Chevalier has in fact signed for one year with French team Laval Cyclisme 53.
Confirming the rumours that have emerged in recent weeks, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty has made official the signing of 29yo Niccolò Bonifazio, who therefore leaves TotalEnergies after four years. The Ligurian sprinter, who has also worn the jerseys of Lampre-Merida, Trek-Segafredo, and Bahrain Merida in the past, signed for one season and has so far been able to obtain twenty-one career victories, including a stage at the Paris-Nice (’20) and last June a stage at the Route d’Occitanie.
As reported by Ouest-France, the 27-year-old Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels) had been approached by TotalEnergies in the past few days, but now the most likely option for the 2021 Tour de France ‘Super Combatif’ seems to be Ag2r Citroen.
The 23-year-old Alan Boileau, who won four Tour du Rwanda victories between 2021 and 2022, has decided to take two steps back by signing for French amateur team VC Rouen 76, with whom he will try to relaunch himself next season with the hope of returning to professional cycling in 2024
From Cyclingtips.com – Astana-Qazaqstan have fired Miguel Ángel López after uncovering new evidence showing “probable connection” to Dr Marcos Maynar, a doctor accused of drug trafficking and money laundering in a major investigation being undertaken by the Spanish police. “Astana Qazaqstan Team discovered new elements showing Miguel Angel Lopez’ probable connection with Dr Marcos Maynar,” the team said in a statement. “Accordingly, the team had no other solution than to end the contract between team and rider, based on breaches of said contract and internal team rules, with immediate effect.” López had already been suspended by the team due to alleged involvement with the Maynar case back in July but was re-instated after “no evidence” was found, returning to racing in time for the Vuelta a España where he finished fourth overall. These “new elements” mentioned by Astana Qazaqstan are, according to Spanish outlet ABC, documents from the Guardia Civil showing that López was administered Menotropin, a growth hormone, before the start of this year’s Giro d’Italia. The substance can have a performance-enhancing effect but in this case it’s suspected to have caused the Colombian’s early retirement from the race on stage 4. At the time, the official line from the rider and the team was a hip injury forced him to DNF but the doping investigation alleges that López suffered an inflammation in his leg. According to the police documents, the Menotropin was received at the Giro start in Hungary by Vicente Belda García, an Astana masseur who is also the son of Vincente Belda, a former cyclist and team principal and one of the main suspects in the Maynar case. Both Beldas have been called to testify in the case in the new year. Maynar has already been arrested by the Spanish police. During several house searches medicines prohibited by WADA were seized and they have also apparently deciphered coded messages and uncovered various bank transactions as well as specific costs and revenues for medicines. In a statement, presumably written from the perspective of his lawyers, Miguel Ángel López denied all allegations and also uttered the infamous phrase that he has “never tested positive for drugs or doping”. “The rider hereby states that he sees no reason for the choice of Astana Qazaqstan , and that there are no new facts that justify such a decision. There are no new facts that were not yet known or reported before November 2022,” the statement read. “The rider rejects all allegations that could damage his name and honor as a cycling professional. He points out that he has never tested positive for drugs for doping, and that he has never been investigated by any authority. “Mr. Miguel Angel Lopez hereby informs that he will defend himself before the corresponding courts, in a case that he considers a clear case of wrongful termination of contract without due cause.”
Cameron Wurf, 39, is the latest 30th rider to be included in the INEOS Grenadiers squad for the 2023 season signing for one more year. For the Australian this will be his 4th season in the colours of the British team. Wurf combines road cycling starts with his triathlon career.
Mondo Ciclismo has announced that, 26 yo Colombian Brandon Rivera was confirmed for the 2023 season by Ineos Grenadiers, in the absence of an official announcement, the team led by Ian Stannard is currently at the Training Camp in Mallorca, Spain, where Egan Bernal’s great friend is training as well.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Ineos Grenadiers – IN Thymen Arensman (Team DSM), Leo Hayter (Hagens Berman Axeon), Michael Leonard (Team Franco Ballerini), Connor Swift (Arkea Samsic), Joshua Tarling (Flanderscolor – Galloo Team); OUT Andrey Amador (EF Education – EasyPost), Richard Carapaz (EF Education – EasyPost), Eddie Dunbar (Bike Exchange-Jayco), Richie Porte (Ritire), Dylan Van Baarle (Team Jumbo-Visma), Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022: ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Thymen Arensman (24), Egan Bernal (26), Jonathan Castroviejo (23), Laurens De Plus (23), Omar Fraile (23), Filippo Ganna (27), Tao Geoghegan Hart (23), Ethan Hayter (24), Leo Hayter (25), Kim Heiduk (23), Michal Kwiatkowski (25), Michael Leonard (25), Daniel Martinez (23), Jhonatan Narvaez (24), Tom Pidcock (27), Luke Plapp (23), Salvatore Puccio (23), Brandon Rivera (23), Carlos Rodriguez (23), Luke Rowe (23), Magnus Sheffield (23), Pavel Sivakov (23), Ben Swift (23), Connor Swift (24), Joshua Tarling (25), Geraint Thomas (23), Ben Tulett (24), Ben Turner (26), Elia Viviani (24), Cameron Wurf (23). Total 30
Ivan Moreno, who in recent weeks had not been confirmed by Equipo Kern Pharma, the team in which he had ridden for the past three years. The 26-year-old therefore seemed to be about to hang up his bike, but finally found a signing for next year by signing a contract with New Zealand Continental team Global 6 Cycling.
Situation PRT team by team (completed): Equipo Kern Pharma – IN Giovanni Carboni (Gazprom – from 10/9/22), Pablo Castrillo (Trainee – NeoPro), Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar), Mikel Retegi (Trainee – NeoPro); OUT Sergio Araiz (Retire), Jaime Castrillo (Retire), Diego Lopez (Retire), Daniel Alejandro Mendez (?), Ivan Moreno (Global 6 Cycling), Savva Novikov (?); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Roger Adrià (23), Jon Agirre (24), Igor Arrieta (23), Urko Berrade (24), Giovanni Carboni (23), Héctor Carretero (23), Pablo Castrillo (24), Iván Cobo (23), Iñigo Elosegui (23), Francisco Galván (24), Carlos Garcia (24), Raul Garcia Pierna (23), Álex Jaime (24), Jordi Lopez (24), Marti Marquez (24), Pau Miquel (23), José Felix Parra (23), Vojtěch Řepa (24), Mikel Retegi (24), Ibon Ruiz (24), Eugenio Sánchez (23), Danny Van Der Tuuk (24)). Total 22
Matthew Holmes, who was expected to be one of the rider of Tudor Pro Cycling team, which made its roster official yesterday without him. The 29 yo Briton, who has ridden with Lotto Soudal for the past three seasons and was a stage winner at the 2020 Tour Down Under, is therefore currently without a team for next year.
Pierre Rolland announces his retirement after the closure of B&B Hotels. The 37 yo Frenchman is retiring after 16 years as a professional in which he won, among other things, two stages at the Tour de France and one at the Giro d’Italia, with an eighth and a fourth place as his best results, as well as winning the White Jersey in the Grande Boucle in 2011.
Luca Chirico, who after yet another complicated year, with a double operation on his iliac artery, as well as other problems such as the closure of team Drone Hopper – Androni with which he has spent much of his career, is hanging up his bike. The 30-year-old from Varese has now opened a specialised bike shop.
Luca Mozzato remains in France after the closure of B&B Hotels – KTM. The young Italian rider was one of the talents of the now-closed professional formation and it was not long before he found a new position. The 24-year-old has in fact signed with Arkéa – Samsic, thus also making the jump into the WorldTour. The team in which Nairo Quintana rode this year won promotion to the road. The team, which currently has Warren Barguil and Nacer Bouhanni as its key riders, has thus completed its roster, announcing a 30-man squad for 2023. Mozzato has signed for one year and in 2022 he has obtained constantly top 10 placing during the whole season including a second place in the Tro-Bro Léon.
Tudor Pro Cycling has officialised its roster for the 2023 season. Fabian Cancellara’s ambitious team, has been granted a professional licence by the UCI in 2023, also confirming the presence of a development team, which will evolve with a Continental licence. An international project, which will clearly have strong ties with Switzerland, so much so that of the twenty riders in the first team, eight will be Swiss, as will six of the thirteen in the Continental team. Among the most eagerly awaited names will undoubtedly be Alexander Kamp, Simon Pellaud, Sébastien Reichenbach and Joel Suter, all from the WorldTour, as well as Tom Bohli. Situation PRT team by team (completed): Tudor Pro Cycling – IN Tom Bohli (Cofidis), Sebastian Changizi (Team ColoQuick), Arvid De Kleijn (Human Powered), Jacob Eriksson (Riwal Cycling Team), Lucas Eriksson (Riwal), Mika Heming (ATT Investments), Alexander Kamp (Trek), Arthur Kluckers (Leopard Pro Cycling), Simon Pellaud (Trek), Rick Pluimers (Jumbo-Visma Development Team), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama), Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates), Roland Thalmann (Vorarlberg), Luc Wirtgen (Bingoal), Maikel Zijlaard (VolkerWessels Cycling Team); OUT Alex Baudin (Ag2r), Filippo Colombo (Q36.5), Robin Donzé (Tudor U23), Ruben Eggenberg (?), Sean Flynn (Team DSM), Jakob Klahre (?), Lorenzo Rinaldi (Biesse Carrera), Arnaud Tendon (Tudor U23), Loris Trastour (Ritiro), Alex Vogel (?), Fabian Weiss (Tudor U23); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Tom Bohli (24), Nils Brun (24), Sebastian Changizi (24), Aloïs Charrin (24), Arvid De Kleijn (24), Jacob Eriksson (24), Lucas Eriksson (24), Robin Froidevaux (24), Mika Heming (24), Alexander Kamp (24), Petr Kelemen (24), Arthur Kluckers (24), Simon Pellaud (24), Rick Pluimers (24), Sebastien Reichenbach (24), Joel Suter (24), Roland Thalmann (24), Yannis Voisard (24), Luc Wirtgen (24), Maikel Zijlaard (24). Total 20
Team Corratec have signed for one season Italian Alexander Konychev. Son of Russian cycling legend Dmitri Konychev, Alexander Konychev has been riding for BikeExchange-Jayco for the last three seasons. Although he has not yet had any pro victory, at 24 years of age, he is considered a talented rider.
Situation PRT team by team (completed): Team Corratec – IN Antonio Barać (Meridiana), Valerio Conti (Astana), Nicolas Dalla Valle (Giotti), Alessandro Iacchi (Qhubeka), Alexander Konychev (BikeExchange), Charlie Quarterman (Philippe Wagner), Lorenzo Quartucci (NeoPro), Nicolas Tivani (Virgen de Fatima), Karel Vacek (Tirol), Etienne Van Empel (China Glory), Attilio Viviani (Bingoal), Samuele Zambelli (Work Service Vitalcare Vega); OUT Preslav Balabanov (?), Giuseppe Daidone (?), Nicolò De Lisi (Petroli Firenze), Lorenzo Iacchi (?), Luca Marziale (?), José Pitti (?), Dusan Rajovic (Bahrain), Manuel Zobrist (?); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Matteo Amella (23), Davide Baldaccini (23), Antonio Barać (23), Valerio Conti (23), Nicolas Dalla Valle (23), Stefano Gandin (23), Alessandro Iacchi (23), Alexander Konychev (23), Giulio Masotto (23), Marco Murgano(23), Simone Olivero (23), Charlie Quarterman (23), Lorenzo Quartucci (24), Jan Stöckli (23), Velijko Stojnic(23), Nicolas Tivani (23), Karel Vacek (23), Etienne Van Empel (23), Attilio Viviani (23), Samuele Zambelli(24). Total 20
New Zealand-based Continental Global 6 Cycling announced the signing of the 26yo Tom Wirtgen, a Luxembourgian rider leaving Bingoal Pauwels Sauzen WB.
The Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Niccolò Bonifazio, currently without a contract after the end of his tie with TotalEnergies, heading towards Intermarché-Circus-Wanty. The Belgian WorldTour team still has a couple of vacancies in its 2023 roster and one of them could be filled by the 29-year-old from Liguria.
The new Continental formation headed by Gianni Savio Gw-Shimano-Sidermec have signed for one year Colombian Miguel Eduardo Flórez. For the 26-year-old from Bogotá, it is a return of Gianni Savio’s court, as he wore the jersey of the then Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec between 2019 and 2020. Then, two years at Arkéa-Samsic, following Nairo Quintana, in which, however, Flórez almost always remained on the sidelines.
Expected to sign for B&B Hotels and following following the problems encountered by Jérôme Pineau, Stephen (Stevie) Williams will move to Israel-Premier Tech next year. After four seasons with Bahrain Victorious, the 26-year-old Briton signed a one year contract with the team managed by Kjell Carlström. Williams has so far obtained 3 victories including the GC of the CRO Race in ’21 and a Tour de Suisse stage in ’22.
Unofficially announced a few weeks ago, Andrii Ponomar is now officially Arkéa-Samsic 29th rider for next season. The 20 yo Ukrainian signed for one year and raced for Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli for the past two seasons.
Euskaltel-Euskadi, the Spanish (Basque) Professional team, has completed the squad for the 2023 season. Among the 20 riders made official in the squad, the latest addition is 20 yo Enekoitz Azparren with a contract signed for two years. The Basque leaves the team development squad Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Ciclista Euskadi and will join his older brother Xabier Mikel. Situation PRT team by team (completed): Euskaltel-Euskadi – IN Enekoitz Azparren (Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Ciclista Euskadi), Xabier Berasategi (Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Ciclista Euskadi), Andoni Lopez de Abetxuko (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA); OUT Antonio Angulo (Burgos-BH), Mikel Aristi (Retire), Julen Irizar (Retire); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Enekoitz Azparren (24), Xabier Mikel Azparren (23), Ibai Azurmendi (23), Iker Ballarin (23) Xabier Berasategi(24), Mikel Bizkarra (23), Joan Bou (23), Carlos Canal (23), Unai Cuadrado (23), Asier Etxeberria (23), Peio Goikoetxea (23), Unai Iribar (23), Xabier Isasa (23), Mikel Iturria (23), Txomin Juaristi (24), Juan José Lobato (23), Andoni Lopez de Abetxuko (24), Gotzon Martin (23), Luis Angel Maté (23), Antonio Soto (23). Total 20
Bolton Equities Black Spoke much activity in recent weeks and making its debut on the Professional scene next season has reached 20 riders made official in the squad following the contract extensions of 21-year-old Logan Currie and 26-year-old Ryan Christensen, both from New Zealand. Situation PRT team by team (completed): Bolton Equities Black Spoke – IN Matthew Bostock (WiV SunGod), Josh Burnett (MitoQ – NZ Cycling Project), George Jackson (MitoQ – NZ Cycling Project), Ollie Jones (St George Continental Cycling Team), Jacob Scott (WiV SunGod), Rory Townsend (WiV SunGod), Paul Wright (Mg.K Vis-Color for Peace-VPM); OUT Michael Vink (UAE); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Ethan Batt (23), Matthew Bostock (23), Josh Burnett (24), Ryan Christensen (23), Logan Currie (23), Mitchel Fitzsimons (23), James Fouché (23), Aaron Gate (23), Regan Gough (23), George Jackson (24), Ollie Jones(23), Josh Kench (23), Luke Mudgway (23), Bailey O’Donnel (23), James Oram (23), Jacob Scott (23), Tom Sexton (23), Mark Stewart (23), Rory Townsend (23), Paul Wright (24). Total 20
Team Corratec is very active finalising the team of the 2023 season and has signed the 19th rider for the next season team: Karel Vacek. The 22 yo raced in 2022 with The Austrian Continental team Tirol – KTM. Vacek developed his cycling skills in Italy, militating in various teams that launched him in the WorldTour with Qhubeka – Assos Team. Vacek was one of the most promising juniors, battling with Remco Evenepoel as in the Giro della Lunigiana 2018. After experiencing difficult moments in the due to the closure of the Qhubeka – Assos Team in 2022 he has been able confirming his good qualities thanks to the win in the Burgenland Rundfahrt and several placing at the Course de la Paix and the Giro della Valle d’Aosta.
The 22 yo Bahraini Ahmed Madan has extended for one more year with Bahrain Victorious.
The Italian Professional Team Corratec has announced the signing of Neo-Pro Lorenzo Quartucci, the 18th rider in the team’s 2023 roster. The 23 yo raced in 2022 with the jersey of Hopplà-Petroli Firenze.
As anticipated by Mundo Ciclístico Magazine, Burgos BH made official the signing of Andrés Camilo Ardila for the 2023 season. The cyclist from Tolima joins the Spanish team for the next two seasons. The Colombian climber, 23, reached an agreement with UAE Team Emirates, with whom he had a four-season contract. The Arab WorldTour squad will pay his salary in 2023 and the ProTeam team will take over in 2024.
The new project of Dutch youtuber Bas Tietema has now taken a definitive connotations. The rider, as well as a well-known face on the cycling Internet, had already made official the birth of a team named TDT-Unibet (TDT stands for Tour de Tietema). The new team will have a UCI Continental licence and will be made up of 12 riders. If the Sport Director will be Dutchman Rob Harmeling, the team captain will be team creator Tietema. Among the riders Harry Tanfield and Kevin Inkelaar are the most catching names. Both raced in the WorldTour, Tanfield with Ag2R and Qhubeka-Assos, Inkelaar with Bahrain Victorious. Among the other riders, the promising Czech Tomáš Kopecký, and Dutch sprinter Joren Bloem, then Dutchmen Hartthijs de Vries, Wouter Toussaint, Martijn Budding and Belgians Yentl Vandevelde, Jordy Bouts, Abram Stockman and Davide Bomboi.
After several rumours (see 3 Dec), the 28 yo Frenchman Victor Koretzky is officially a Bora – hansgrohe rider. After a first year in the B&B Hotels – KTM jersey, the off-road specialist biker will take another step forward in his career after signing a one-year contract with the German formation. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Bora – Hansgrohe – IN Nico Denz (Team DSM), Bob Jungels (AG2R Citroën Team), Florian Lipowitz (Tirol-KTM); OUT Felix Grossschartner (UAE Team Emirates), Wilco Kelderman (Jumbo-Visma), Victor Koretzky (B&B Hotels – KTM), Martin Laas (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Lukas Postlberger (Team BikeExchange); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Giovanni Aleotti (23), Shane Archbold (23), Cesare Benedetti (23), Sam Bennett (23), Emanuel Buchmann (24), Nico Denz (24), Matteo Fabbro (23), Patrick Gamper (23), Marco Haller (24), Sergio Higuita (24), Jai Hindley (24), Bob Jungels (24), Lennard Kämna (23), Jonas Koch (23), Patrik Konrad(23), Victor Koretzky (23), Florian Lipowitz (24), Luis-Joe Lührs (24), Jordi Meeus (24), Ryan Mullen (23), Anton Palzer (23), Nils Politt (23), Maximilian Schachmann (24), Ide Schelling (23), Cian Uijtdebroeks (24), Danny Van Poppel (23), Aleksandr Vlasov (24), Matthew Walls (23), Frederik Wandahl (23), Ben Zwiehoff (24). Total 30
The Basque team Euskaltel-Euskadi has announced a new reinforcement for the 2023 season. He is 23-year-old Spaniard Andoni López de Abetxuko. López de Abetxuko has signed for the next two years and comes from the developement team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, where he rode in their top team as a trainee from August 2022.
The 27-year-old Russian Artem Nych has officially joined the Continental Portuguese team Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor, a transfer already anticipated in recent weeks. The 2021 Russia National Champion has finally found a team after the closure of Gazprom-Rusvelo.
Team DSM announced three more promotions from their development team. Tobias Lund Andresen, Lorenzo Milesi and Oscar Onley have all signed multi-year contracts, Andresen and Miles for three years and Onley for 5 seasons until 2027. The 20 yo Danish Andresen joined DSM Delelopment Team last year after an excellent season among the juniors and in 2022 was second in a stage of the Flanders Tomorrow Tour. The 20 yo Italian Milesi, who also joined last year from Beltrami TSA Tre Colli, won in 2022 the last stage on Tour de l’Avenir and two stages at Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux and had other good results during the year. The 20 yo Brits Onley has had a superb season winning a stage in the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta and at the CRO Race, was twice second in difficult stages and third in the overall classification, battling with Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard.
As widely expected (see 2 December) Ramon Sinkeldam (Groupama-FDJ) have signed a two year contract with Alpecin-Deceuninck.
The American Professional Team Novo Nordisk, lead by Phil Southerland and made up only of diabetic riders, has officially announced its 18-man roster for the 2023 season. The team has received a special dispensation from the UCI allowing it to have a squad of only 18 riders, despite the fact that the current regulations request a minimum of twenty riders for Professional teams. The American team’s 2023 roster is very similar to the 2022 squad, with only a new rider, 26yo Uzbek Ulugbek Saidov, who returns to Novo Nordisk after one year with Tashkent City Professional Cycling Team, and one rider out, the 27 yo Frenchman Mehdi Benhamouda, leaving after seven years with the team. Situation PRT team by team (completed): Team Novo Nordisk – IN Ulugbek Saidov (Tashkent City Professional Cycling Team); OUT Mehdi Benhamouda (?); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Hamish Beadle (23), Sam Brand (23), Robbe Ceurens (23), Stephen Clancy (23), Lucas Dauge (23), Gerd de Keijzer (23), Jan Dunnewind (23), Joonas Henttala (23), Declan Irvine (23), Matyas Kopecky (23), Peter Kusztor (23), David Lozano (23), Andrea Peron (23), Logan Phippen (23), Charles Planet (23), Umberto Poli (23), Filippo Ridolfo (23), Ulugbek Saidov (23). Total 18
After the failure of the Professional Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli, Gianni Savio is ready to start again with a Continental team. The new Colombian-led team should be called Gw-Shimano-Sidermec. The first two sponsors will support Savio’s project, after leaving another Colombian-licensed entity, which in 2022 was called Colombia Tierra de Atletas-Gw-Shimano and will instead continue its activities in the coming season as Colombia Pacto per el Deporte, fully supported by the national government of the South American state. For its part, Savio will be able to count on the contribution of Sidermec, a historic name in the world of Italian cycling. With the Continental licence confirmed, the first names for the 2023 team are beginning to circulate. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 28-year-old Colombian Jhonathan Restrepo will be one of the leaders, he has won six times, all at the Tour of Rwanda, between 2020, 2021 and 2022 and he has achieved several good placings, including second place at the Trofeo Matteotti 2021 and third at the Veneto Classic 2021. Also other Colombians will be part of the team, 20-year-old Brandon Alejandro Rojas and 23-year-old Didier Merchan. Both already signed by Savio in Drone Hopper until the end of 2023. The 22 yo Italian Gabriele Benedetti, already a Savio rider, will also be confirmed. Savio is also looking to keep 20 yo Colombian Santiago Umba, as well as the Spanish Ricardo Alejandro Zurita and the Norwegian Trym Holther and Riccardo Ciuccarelli (Biesse-Carrera), who had a contract already signed two years ago with Savio.
After six years with the Uno – X ProCycling Team, 25 year old Lars Saugstad will retire at the end of the season. The Norwegian is among the riders who have not been renewed by the team and has decided to hang up his bike. However Saugstad will remain in the cycling world. In fact, the Norwegian Continental Team Ringerikskraft announced via social media that he has been hired as sports director.
After a disappointing season, 27-year-old Briton Chris Lawless did not renew with TotalEnergies and signed with British continental team WiV SunGod for one year. The British rider only two years ago raced in the WorldTour, to which he had arrived in 2018 in a Sky jersey, winning the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire (including two stages), a stage at Settimana Coppi e Bartali (’18) and achieving numerous prestigious placings.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia, after two seasons in the Eolo – Kometa jersey, will continue his career with Portuguese team Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor. The 23-year-old has failed to achieve any significant results during his time with the Italian-Spanish team.
Panamanian Carlos Samudio, announced in recent days as one of the new additions to Team Corratec, will not ride with the new Italian Professional. In fact, the Venezuelan Java Kiwi Altantico team made official the signing of the 25-year-old for next season. According to rumours, the failure to join the Italian team was due to the fact that he failed to report a controversial doping test that took place in the past.
24 yo Kazakhstan rider Vadim Pronskiy has extended his contract with Astana Qazaqstan Team for another season (2023). In the recently ended season Vadim Pronskiy took part in two Grand Tours: at the Giro d’Italia he helped Vincenzo Nibali, while at the Vuelta a España he supported Miguel Angel Lopez. In the current season Pronskiy finished third in the overall standings of the Adriatica Ionica, took a seventh place in a stage of the Tour of the Alps and finished 8th in a stage of the Vuelta a España.
According to several rumours, mountain bike specialist Victor Koretzky, who joined B&B Hotels – KTM last season is on his way to Bora-Hansgrohe. An official announcements is expected in a few days.
Het Nieuwsblad has reported that, the 33-year-old Dutchman Ramon Sinkeldam, who is leaving Groupama-FDJ, will join Mathieu van der Poel’s Alpecin-Deceuninck for a training camp in Spain in the coming days. Sinkeldam was previously linked to the now troubled B&B Hotels-KTM.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Groupama – FDJ – IN Lorenzo Germani (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Romain Grégoire (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Lenny Martinez (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Enzo Paleni (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Paul Penhoët (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Laurence Pithie (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Reuben Thompson (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Samuel Watson (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ); OUT Matteo Badilatti (Q36.5 Pro Cycling), Antoine Duchesne (Retire), Jacopo Guarnieri (Lotto-Dstny), Tobias Ludvigsson (Q36.5 Pro Cycling), Anthony Roux (Retire), Attila Valter (Jumbo-Visma); RUMOURED: IN ; OUT Sébastien Reichenbach (Tudor Pro Cycling), Ramon Sinkeldam (Alpecin-Deceuninck); END OF CONTRACT: Sébastien Reichenbach, Ramon Sinkeldam; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Bruno Armirail (24), Lewis Askey (25), Clément Davy (25), Arnaud Démare (23), David Gaudu (25), Kevin Geniets (24), Lorenzo Germani (24), Romain Grégoire (24), Ignatas Konovalovas (23), Stefan Kung (25), Olivier Le Gac (24), Mathieu Ladagnous (23), Fabian Lienhard (24), Valentin Madouas (24), Lenny Martinez (24), Rudy Molard (24), Quentin Pacher (23), Enzo Paleni (24), Paul Penhoët (24), Thibaut Pinot (23), Laurence Pithie (24), Miles Scotson (23), Jake Stewart (24), Michael Storer (23), Reuben Thompson (24), Lars van den Berg (24), Sam Watson (24), Bram Welten (23). Total 28
According to a report by Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, the 24-year-old Italian Alexander Konychev have found an agreement for next season with the Professional Team Corratec. Konychev in the last three years has been racing in the WorldTour with the BikeExchange-Jayco jersey, but the team has not renewed his contract for next year.
Not confirmed by Cofidis, 37 yo Belgian Sander Armée has decided to retire after not funding a suitable solution. Armée won two races in his carrier including a stage at La Vuelta in ’17.
After 4 seasons, the experienced German Roger Kluge, 36, has ended his long experience with Lotto-Soudal to move to the German Continental team Rad-net Oßwald Team. Kluge, who is also a track specialist, finds in the team Theo Reinhardt: the two in the past have often competed in pairs and in their trophy cabinet there are, among other things, two Madison World Titles.
The 24 year old Uruguayan Eric Fagúndez (CC Padronés-Cortizo) has been signed for two years by the Spanish team Burgos-BH.
Two more new names for Bolton Equities Black Spoke, the new Professional New Zealand team. The 27 yo British Jacob Scott arrives from Wiv SunGod and have signed for one season. The 26 yo NewZelander Ollie Jones arrives from St George Continental Cycling Team and also signed for one season.
After a season in their development team, the 20 year old Gianmarco Garofoli will join the Astana Qazaqstan first team, with which he has signed a two-year contract. The rider from Ancona had a lot of problems this year due to covid, experiencing a complicated season, but in the final part of the season he made his mark with a GC second place at the Giro delle Valle d’Aosta, of which he won a stage.
The hopes of B&B Hotels – KTM for survival are still alive. in fact, UCI has offered another postponement in order to allow the team to present the required documentation by Monday 5 December. This postponement allows an extra week for Jerome Pineau to find a solution to avoid the disappearance of the French team. At the moment, the team manager’s objective is to convince the current partners remaining at his side to increase their investment to cover those who have left, and thus reach a budget in line with that of 2022.
As a result of the difficult situation in which B&B Hotels – KTM finds itself, at risk of closure, some twenty riders and staff risk being without a team next year. Among them, Axel Laurence and Luca Mozzato, seem to have found a solution for next season. According to Le Telegramme, Frenchman Laurence has six WorldTour teams negotiating with him including Soudal-QuickStep. On the other hand, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian Mozzato seems to have closed with future WorldTour team Arkéa – Samsic.
Winner Anacona and Dayer Quintana have both been let go by Arkéa – Samsic, and both are without a team for next season. According to Mundo Ciclistico, they have both signed with Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano, which from next year will be called Colombia Pacto por el Deporte, a continental team.
New Italian Professional Team Corratec announced the arrival of two new riders: Antonio Barać and Samuele Zambelli. 25-year-old Croatian Barać comes from four seasons at continental level with Meridiana Kamen and has signed for one year. The 24-year-old Italian Zambelli raced this year with Work Service Vitalcare, winning the Coppa San Geo, and has signed for two seasons.
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling made official the signing of promising 22-year-old New Zealander Josh Burnett. Burnett has signed for two years.
33-year-old Edoardo Zardini from Verona has decided to hang up his bike after a discrete career riding for various Italian professional teams. Zardini did not find a new team after the closure of the Drone Hopper project, which forced Gianni Savio to drop down to continental level.
New Zealand professional team Bolton Equities Black Spoke has signed Matthew Bostock (Wiv SunGod) and Paul Wright (Mg.K Vis-Color for Peace-VPM). 25yo British Bostock is a sprinter and signed for one season. Wright, 24 from New Zealand, has signed for two seasons.
Kazakhstan’s WorldTour team Astana Qazaqstan has announced the renewal of Christian Scaroni‘s expiring contract. The Italian rider arrived with the 2022 season underway following the Gazprom-Rusvelo affair. Scaroni, a 25-year-old from Brescia, signed a new one-season deal during the 2022 season and claimed two stages at the Adriatica Ionica Race.
New Zealand team Bolton Equities Black Spoke, listed as a new Professional teams for the 2023 season, has announced the signing of Rory Townsend for one season. The 27 yo Irishman (WiV SunGod) is the current national road champion and in his career, he also won two stages at the 2019 Tour du Fuzhou. Black Spoke also announced the arrival of George Jackson. The 22-year-old New Zealander will take his first step into the professional world and has signed a two year contract.
Torjus Sleen will no longer be in the peloton next year. The 25-year-old Norwegian, who has ridden for the past two seasons with the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team and before that, for four years with the their Development team, has decided to hang up his bike after not being reconfirmed by the Norwegian team for 2023. Sleen is the fourth Uno-X rider to announce his retirement after Morten Hulgaard, Kristian Kulset and Syver Wærsted.
Yevgeniy Fedorov have extended for two more season with Astana Qazaqstan until the end of 2024. The 22-year-old won the Under-23 world champion at the World Championships in Wollongong this year and has been already capable of winning a stage at the Tour de Langkawi, a stage at the Tour du Rwanda, the Kazakh national road race title and the Asian time trial title.
Nairo Quintana has still not announced his new team for next season. The Colombian was suspended by Arkéa-Samsic after the Tramadol affair. He was excluded from the final classification of the Tour de France 2022, but still profess his innocence. The French team and Quintana had in practice already signed a contract extension, but Arkéa preferred to backtrack. Now, the 32 yo climber winner of a Giro d’Italia and a Vuelta a España seems to have found a new team at WorldTour level and have been linked to Astana Qazaqstan, Cofidis, Movistar and Intermarché-Circus-Wanty.
The Israeli-Canadian Israel-PremierTech team, which will have a Professional license in 2023, has announced the non-renewal for the 29 yo Canadian Alexander Cataford.
The Astana Qazaqstan Team announced that it has extended the contracts of two riders: Andrey Zeits (35) and Gleb Brussenskiy (22). The two riders have signed on for another season with the Kazakh World Tour team (until 2023).
The agreement between climber Eduardo Sepúlveda and Lotto-Dstny has been confirmed and the 31 yo Argentinean after two years with Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli has signed for one year with the Belgian Team. Lotto-Dstny has also amounted the signing of Johannes Adamietz. The 24 yo German, racing in 2022 with the jersey of Saris Rouvy Sauerland, signed Adamietz a two-year contract.
The 31-year-old Canadian James Piccoli will not see his contract extended after the end of 2022 with Israel-PremierTech, which he will therefore have to leave after three seasons. Piccoli was second in the general classification of the Tour du Rwanda 2021, while in the year, he had a disappointing season.
The Italian Professional team Eolo-Kometa has announced the signing of Andrea Garosio, who returns to the professional ranks after one year in the ranks of the Biesse Carrera Continental team, where he won the best climbers’ jersey at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali. The 28 yo Italian from Brescia raced at WorldTour level with Bahrain-Merida in 2019, followed by two seasons at Professional level between 2020 and 2021 with Vini Zabù-KTM and Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè.
Syver Wærsted hangs up his bike. Unconfirmed by Uno-X Pro Cycling for the 2023 season, the 26-year-old Norwegian has decided to end his pro career to take on new challenges. The Norwegian won some minor races: Scandinavian Race in Uppsala in 2016, a stage at the 2018 Tour of Rhodes and the Ringerike GP in the same year.
Astana Qazaqstan adds the young Russian Gleb Syritsa for its 2023 season squad. Syritsa had been with the Kazakh team as a stagiaire since last August and in 2022 was noted for finishing second in the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway 2022 and winning a stage at the Tour de Langkawi 2022. The 22-year-old hardy sprinter signed a two-year contract with the WorldTour team led by Alexandr Vinokourov.
The Kazakhstan WorldTour Astana Qazaqstan Team have announced the promotion of 23-year-old Igor Chzhan in its first squad after a four-year apprenticeship spent with Vino-Astana Motors and Almaty Cycling Team. The young Kazakh rider has signed a two-season contract with the team led by Alexandr Vinoukourov. In 2022, the Kazakh rider won the Gp Alanya, a Turkish one-day race.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, Lotto – Dstny is close to sign Eduardo Sepulveda (Drone Hopper Androni). In 2022, the Argentinean won a stage of the Tour of Turkey.
Several movements in EF Education-EasyPost, with Esteban Chaves now confirmed until the end of 2024. Vaughters himself confirmed also the renewals of Tom Scully, Diego Camargo and Simon Carr. 32 yo Hideto Nakane after not being confirmed by EF Education – EasyPost, the team in which he has been racing for the last two seasons, announced on social media his intention to hang up his bike.
Ineos Grenadiers have extended the contract of Ben Turner for a further three years, until the end of 2026. The 23 yo British rider was a protagonist the North Classics finishing fourth in the De Brabantse Pijl, eighth in the Dwars Door Vlaanderen, as well as eleventh in the Paris-Roubaix, won by his teammate Dylan Van Baarle.
Juan Pedro Lopez will remain at Trek-Segafredo for at least three more seasons. The Spanish climber, who already had an existing contract for 2023 with the US formation, has extended his deal by a further two years, bringing the deadline to the end of 2025. Turning professional with the team in 2020 after a spell as a stagiaire at the end of 2019, the 25 yo has not yet obtained a victory but in the Giro d’Italia he wore the Maglia Rosa for ten days, finishing the race in the top 10 and taking home the Maglia Bianca as best young rider in front of Santiago Buitrago.
Eolo-Kometa continues to build up their Professional team promoting riders from their Development team and after Fernando Tercero, Andrea Pietrobon and Javier Serrano, all coming from the Under-23 team, have made official the promotion of the 20 yo Davide Piganzoli in their first squad. Piganzoli was capable this year of finishing fifth in the Tour de l’Avenir, tenth in the Giro d’Italia U23 and winning the national time trial title in the category. On the opposite direction, 26 yo Hungarian Márton Dina is leaving the team directed to the Czech Continental team ATT Investments.
The 22 yo German Mika Heming, fifth in the general classification of the Tour of Romania 2022, will leave ATT Investments to sign a contract with Cancellara’s Tudor Pro Cycling.
The Estonian Martin Laas is leaving Bora – hansgrohe after three seasons and four victories with the German team. The 29 yo has signed for one year with Astana Qazaqstan Team.
After two years with Lotto Soudal, Polish rider Kamil Małecki will continue to race with the German Continental team Santic – Wibatech.
The Iberian team Equipo Kern Pharma has made official the squad that will face next season, the team’s third among the Professional teams. There will be 22 riders who will wear the jersey of the Spanish team in 2023, and in addition to the Italian Giovanni Carboni, who has already raced with the team between September and October, the are three newcomers: Iñigo Elosegui, Pablo Castrillo and Mikel Retegi. Six riders are leaving the team: Colombian Daniel Alejandro Mendez, Russian Savva Novikov, and Spaniards Sergio Araiz, Jaime Castrillo, Diego Lopez and Ivan Moreno, all have decided to retire ending their professional carrier.
After the renewal until 2024 of Venezuelan rider Orluis Aular, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA have officially announced their 21 riders squad for the 2023 season. In addition to 16 athletes confirmed, there are five exits and 5 new arrivals: Spaniards Abel Balderstone and Joseba Lopez, Czechs Daniel Babor and Tomas Barta, and Ethiopian Mulu Kinfe Hailemichael. Leaving the team are Aritz Bagues, Alvaro Cuadros and Mikel Nieve, who are all retiring, Jonathan Lastra, who has signed for Cofidis, and the Colombian Juan Fernando Calle, who left the team in mid-Sep and still without a contract for next season. Situation PRT team by team (completed): Caja Rural-Seguros RGA – IN Daniel Babor (Elkov – Kasper), Abel Balderstone (NeoPro), Tomas Barta (ATT Investments), Mulu Kinfe Hailemichael (Caja Rural-Alea), Joseba Lopez (NeoPro); OUT Aritz Bagues (Ritire), Juan Fernando Calle (?), Alvaro Cuadros (Ritire), Jonathan Lastra (Cofidis), Mikel Nieve (Ritire); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Julen Amezqueta (23), Orluis Aular (24), Daniel Babor (24), Abel Balderstone (24), Fernando Barceló (24), Jon Barrenetxea (23), Tomas Barta (24), Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda (23), Josu Etxeberria (23), Jhojan Garcia (23), David Gonzalez (23), Mulu Kinfe Hailemichael (23), Calum Johnston (23), Iuri Leitão (23), Joseba Lopez (24), Sergio Martin (23), Jokin Murguialday (23), Joel Nicolau (24), Yesid Pira (23), Eduard Prades (23), Michal Schlegel (23). Total 21
The Italian Team Corratec has applied to the UCI to be included in the list of Professional teams in2023 and after signing Valerio Conti is adding Attilio Viviani (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Elia ‘s brother, Nicolas Dalla Valle (Giotti Victoria), Etienne Van Empel (China Glory), Charlie Quarterman (in ’21 Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro Iacchi (Qhubeka), Croatian Antonio Barac (Meridiana Kamen), Argentine Nicolas Tivani and Panamanian Carlos Samudio in its roster.
EF Education-EasyPost have announced the addition of Stefan de Bod in its roster. The South African 25-year-old has been previously racing for Astana and have spent four seasons in the WorldTour and he is a consistent time trials specialist.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 20 yo Ukrainian Andrii Ponomar will leave the Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli to sign with Arkea-Samsic, a team that next year will be included among the World Tour Team. The talented Ponomar was capable in 2019 of winning the European Juniors title and the national championships in 2021.
Left without contract, after three years with Intermarché – WantyGobert, Dutchman Corne van Kessel (31) has signed a one year contract with the Belgian Continental formation Team Deschacht – Group Hens – Containers Maes.
In an interview with OuestFrance, Sports Director Benoit Genauzeau TotalEnergies has confirmed that unless there are last minutes surprises the French Professional team will start next year with a 25-rider line-up. The last contract renewals involve five riders: Mathieu Burgaudeau, Fabien Doubey, Valentin Ferron, Pierre Latour and Lorrenzo Manzin. Chris Lawless and Nicolò Bonifazio will instead not be confirmed by TotalEnergies at the end of 2022. Situation PRT team by team (completed): TotalEnergies Thomas Bonnet (NeoPro), Steff Cras (Lotto), Emilien Jeannière (NeoPro), Jason Tesson (St Michel-Auber 93), Mattéo Vercher (NeoPro); OUT Niccolò Bonifazio (Intermarché?), Alexandre Geniez (Ritire), Chris Lawless (?), Cristian Rodriguez (Arkea), Juraj Sagan (Ritire), Niki Terpstra (Ritire); CONFIRMED 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Edvald Boasson Hagen (23), Maciej Bodnar (23), Thomas Bonnet (24), Mathieu Burgaudeau (23), Jérémy Cabot (23), Steff Cras (24), Victor De La Parte (23), Fabien Doubey (23), Sandy Dujardin (23), Valentin Ferron(23), Fabien Grellier (24), Emilien Jeanniére (24), Alan Jousseaume (23), Pierre Latour (23), Lorrenzo Manzin(23), Daniel Oss (23), Paul Ourselin (24), Peter Sagan (23), Julien Simon (23), Geoffrey Soupe (24), Jason Tesson (24), Anthony Turgis (25), Dries Van Gestel (24), Mattéo Vercher (24), Alexis Vuillermoz (24). Total 25
As reported by Le Nouvelliste, Fabian Cancellara’s Tudor Pro Cycling is close to sign the 33 yo Swiss rider Sebastien Reichenbach, one of the most valuable domestiques in recent years for Groupama – FDJ.
Equipo Kern Pharma has officialised the departure of at least six riders, adding to the already known Sergio Araiz, Jaime Castrillo and Diego Lopez, all ready to hang up their bikes next year, a further three riders, namely Daniel Mendez, Ivan Moreno and Savva Novikov, will not be confirmed by the Spanish Professional team.
The 31-year-old Belgian Yves Lampaert will remain a Soudal – Quick-Step rider until the end of 2025, after signing a new three-year contract with the name under which the team directed by Patrick Lefevere. Lampaert has been defending the colours of Quick-Step since 2015, and was the author of one of the biggest surprises of the season, going on to wear the Yellow Jersey after the first stage of the Tour de France, beating Wout van Aert in the opening time trial.
Valerio Conti have signed for one year with Team Corratec (see also 2Nov). The Astana Qazaqstan rider therefore leaves the WorldTour to become one of the reference men of Team Corratec, which next year will ride in the Professional category. The 29-year-old rider from Rome is coming back from a difficult season after leaving the UAE Team Emirates last winter, and has achieved four victories in his career, including the Trofeo Matteotti in ’20 and a stage of the Vuelta a España in ’16.
The 23-man squad for Doug Ryder’s new cycling team, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team, has been announced: Negasi Haylu Abreha (Team Qhubeka), Matteo Badilatti (Groupama – FDJ), Jack Bauer (Team BikeExchange – Jayco), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek – Segafredo), Walter Calzoni (Gallina Ecotek Lucchini Colosio), Marcel Camprubi Pijuan (Neo Pro), Fabio Christen (EF Education-NIPPO Development Team), Filippo Colombo (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), Filippo Conca (Trek – Segafredo), Corey Davis (Maloja Pushbikers), Tom Devriendt (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), Mark Donovan (Team DSM), Alessandro Fedeli (EOLO-Kometa), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Israel Start-Premier Tech), Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange – Jayco), Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama – FDJ), Cyrus Monk (MEIYO CCN Pro Cycling Team), Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo), Nicolo’ Parisini (Team Qhubeka), Antonio Puppio (Israel Cycling Academy), Joseph Rosskopf (Human Powered Health), Szymon Sajnok (Cofidis), Nickolas Zukowsky (Human Powered Health).
Human Powered Health has made official the signing for the next two years of US rider Scott McGill. Coming from the Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling, the 24-year-old has shown himself in this 2022 winning two stages of the Tour of Portugal, where he also won the points jersey.
Only a few days ago (see 31 October), Jay Vine was denying any links to a possible move to UAE Team Emirates. Today, the Australian has signed a two-year contract with UAE Team Emirates starting from 1 Jan 23. The 26-year-old climber had a very positive 2022 with the Alpecin-Deceuninck jersey, winning two stages in the Vuelta España and finishing on the general classification podium at the Tour of Turkey and Tour of Norway.
Team BikeExchange – Jayco has officially announced the signing of Alessandro De Marchi. The 36-year-old climber from Friuli arrives to bring his experience to the Australian Team and will support his captains in the Grand Tours. He arrives from two years at Israel Start-Premier Tech and brings with him a palmares of six victories: three stages at the Vuelta a Espana, a Giro dell’Emilia, a Tre Valli Varesine and a stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné. In addition to Jack Bauer, Damien Howson and Nick Schultz (the first two in the process of moving to Q36.5, the third to B&B Hotels-KTM), Italian Alexander Konychev, who turned professional with the then Mitchelton-Scott in 2020, will also leave the team.
According to Pro Cycling Stats, Reto Hollenstein has signed for one more year with Israel Start-Premier Tech.
30 yo Spanish Antonio Angulo (Euskaltel – Euskadi) has signed for one year with another Spanish Professional Team Burgos-BH.
39 year old Dries Devenyns will ride for one more year with the Belgian World Tour Soudal-Quick Step. The team led by Patrick Lefevere decided to keep Devenyns on the books for 2023, and for him next season will be the 12th consecutive season with the same team.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scognamiglio on Twitter, Valerio Conti, who wore the Maglia Rosa for six days at the Giro d’Italia in 2019, will soon leave Astana Qazaqstan. Conti last year signed a contract valid until the end of 2023, however, the 29-year-old Roman should next season join the Italian Continental Team Corratec, which in recent days has applied for a Professional licence for next year.
Having not been confirmed by his team, 24-year-old Spaniard Iñigo Elosegui leaves Movistar after three years and has signed for one year with the Iberian Professional Team Equipo Kern Pharma.
Situation WT team by team (in progress): Movistar Team – IN Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-EasyPost), Iván Romeo (Hagens Berman Axeon); OUT Iñigo Elosegui (Equipo Kern Pharm), Alejandro Valverde (Retire); RUMOURED: IN Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Alex Aranburu (24), Jorge Arcas (23), Will Barta (23), Imanol Erviti (23), Ivan Garcia Cortina (23), Fernando Gaviria (23), Abner Gonzalez (23), Ruben Guerreiro (25), Juri Hollmann (23), Gorka Izagirre (23), Oier Lazkano (24), Johan Jacobs (23), Matteo Jorgenson (23), Max Kanter (23), Enric Mas (25), Lluis Mas (23), Gregor Muhlberger (23), Mathias Norsgaard (23), Nelson Oliveira (23), Antonio Pedrero (23), Vinicius Rangel (24), Óscar Rodríguez (23), José Joaquin Rojas (23), Iván Romeo (25), Einer Rubio (23), Sergio Samitier (24), Gonzalo Serrano (23), Ivan Ramiro Sosa (23), Albert Torres (23), Carlos Verona (23). Total 30
According to Marca, and although still unofficial, the team led by Douglas Ryder, Q36.5, has also signed young Marcel Camprubí. The 21 yo Spanish rider arrives from the Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team U23 and will fill out the roster of this new team, which last week applied for a Professional licence for 2023, will be affiliated in Switzerland and will be made up of 23 riders.
Eolo-Kometa has announced the signing of neo-pro Simone Raccani. The 21 yo has signed a contract for two years and will rave with the Professional Team until the end of 2024. In the last two seasons, Raccani rode for Zalf Euromobil Fior obtaining several victories and top 3 placings, and also spent the last few months as a trainee with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.
Trek – Segafredo has announced the consensual termination of the contract with Simon Pellaud. Arriving last year from Androni – Sidermec, the 30 yo Swiss rider had a contract in force also for next year with the US team. For next year it seems possible that he will join Tudor Pro Cycling, Fabian Cancellara’s ambitious team expected to be among the professional teams in the 2023 season.
Michael Vink have signed a one-year contract with UAE Team Emirates. ands in the WorldTour thanks to virtual cycling. The 30-year-old New Zealander, who had so far only raced at Continental level in his career, has been noticed in recent months thanks to his performances in several virtual races on the MyWhoosh platform. After further tests, the Emirates team then decided to sign the Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling rider, who in the past has been able to win the national road and time trial title and two UCI .2 category races, the New Zealand Cycle Classic and the Philippe Van Coningsloo Memorial.
As reported by VeloNews, 26-year-old Jay Vine has denied rumours that he was about to switch to UAE Team Emirates.Jay Vine is therefore expected to remain an Alpecin-Deceuninck rider next season. Having made a name for himself during this 2022 with two stage victories at the Vuelta a España and two second places in the final classifications of the Tour of Turkey and Tour of Norway, the Australian climber already has a contract with the Belgian team valid until the end of 2024.
The Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team directed by Douglas Ryder and with Vincenzo Nibali as technical advisor is taking shape. A part of the riders of the new Swiss team, fourteen out of twenty-three riders have now been named, although officially will be made once the UCI finalises the enrolment process for the 2023 season, and the rest will be announced in early November. Among the confirm riders Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo), Matteo Badilatti (Groupama-FDJ), biker Filippo Colombo (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), Filippo Conca (Lotto-Soudal), Alessandro Fedeli (Eolo-Kometa), Antonio Puppio (Israel Development), Nicolò Parisini (Team Qhubeka), Walter Calzoni (Gallina-Ecotek). Jack Bauer (BikeExchange) and Damien Howson (BikeExchange), Tom Devriendt (Intermarché), Mark Donovan (DSM) and German Jonas Rapp (Hrinkow Advarics Continental). The bike supplier of Q36.5 will be Scott, and a second co-sponsor will be announced in the coming days.
The 29 yo French sprinter Rudy Barbier is leaving Israel-Premier Tech to join St. Michel-Auber 93. Barbier therefore accepted to move down a category, signing a one-year contract with French Continental team. This year, he had disappointing results with only some top 3 placing in the Tour of Hungary, but in Barbier’s carrier there are 6 wins: Classic Loire Atlantique ’19, Paris-Bourges ’17, Cholet-Pays de Loire ’16 and stages at Tour of Slovakia, Vuelta San Juan and Tour of Estonia. In his new ‘Madeleines’ team Barbier will replace sprinter Jason Tesson (4 victories this season), who has signed in early August with TotalEnergies for two years.
British 21-year-old Lewis Askey extends his contract with Groupama – FDJ, staying with the French team until the end of 2025. Winner of the Paris – Roubaix jrs in ’18, and currently out due to a fractured wrist (crash in Paris – Tours Elite), Askey’s best result in 2022 was a second place in the Classic Loire Atlantique.
According to Diario Vasco, 20 yo new pro Enekoitz Azparren has reached an agreement with Euskaltel Euskadi for the next two seasons.
26 yo Jaimie Castrillo will retire at the end of the season. Turned professional with Movistar in 2018, he never obtained a victory and after three years with Equipo Kern Pharma, he has decided to interrupt his career.
Cofidis have finalised its 2023 roster following a day with the last few aggiustments. 36 yo German Simon Geschke, for 9 days polka dot jersey in the last Tour de France, has signed for an additional year (he was already under contract until ’23) and the 27 yo Belgian Christophe Noppe, from Arkèa-Samsic, signed a two-year contract. Also 29 yo German Max Walscheid has extended for one more year. The following riders will have to look for a new team: Davide Villella, Sander Armé, Tom Bohli, Szymon Saynok and Kenneth Vanbilsen.
Samuele Battistella has extended for two more year with Astana Qazaqstan. The former Under-23 world champion this year was twice second in stages at the Vuelta a Espana and won last year the Veneto Classic.
37-year-old Italian Dario Cataldo has signed a contract extension with Trek-Segafredo for two more years. The experienced rider from Abruzzo had joined the US formation at the beginning of the 2022 season. Is the roster for 2023 now completed?
Italian Continental team Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè has signed US rider Jared Scott. The 20-year-old hails from CLUB Aevolo, with whom he achieved good placings in this 2022, taking several top-10s in UCI .2 category races such as the South Aegean Tour, Rhodes GP, Tour of Rhodes and Tour of the Gila, as well as a second place at the national Under-23 time trial championships.
Eolo-Kometa has promoted two riders from the Under-23 team: 23 yo Italian Andrea Pietrobon and 21 yo Spanish Javier Serrano. The team will lose Diego Rosa, who joined at the beginning of the season. The 33 yo Italian from Piedmont has a disappointing season and have decided to return to his early MTB passion. In his carrier, Rosa has obtained 3 victories, the Milano-Torino (’15), the GC Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (’18) and a stage Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (’16) and was 2nd in Il Lombardia (’16).
Spanish Professional team Equipo Kern Pharma will lose two young riders next season: Sergio Araiz and Diego Lopez. Both 24 years old, the two end their careers without victories.
According to Zikloland, the relationship between the 28-year-old Colombian and the Kazakh team Astana Qazaqstan is “not as strong as before”. This is the reason why the climber is “looking for a team for next season”. The return of Miguel Angel Lopez to Alexander Vinokourov’s team – after a breach of contract with Movistar last year – was marred by an extrasporting affair last July, leading to a few days suspension by his team. The rider was stopped for a few day following his alleged connection with a doctor (Dr Maynar) accused of trafficking banned substances in Spain, allegations then denied by the Guardia Civil.
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA announced the signing of Tomáš Bárta for the next two season. The 23 year old rider, currently riding for the Czech Continental ATT Investments, will became a professional rider with the Spanish team. The Czech sprinter has shown himself throughout the season in the Eastern European races winning a stage in the GP de Gemenc and obtaining several top 5 in many other races.
The 25-year-old Belgian Kenny Molly has left Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-WB and next year he will be racing with a French Continental team: GO Sport – Roubaix Lille Métropole
Portuguese Continental outfit Aviludo Louletano has signed 24-year-old Portuguese Daniel Viegas for one season after two disappointing seasons with the Eolo-Kometa jersey.
Jakob Egholm‘s experience with Trek-Segafredo is over. The US team has not renewed the expiring contract of the 24-year-old Dane. Egholm had joined Trek-Segafredo at the beginning of 2021, but for the 2016 World Junior champion, over two seasons, has never obtained any notable results. The Dane now will try to restart his carrier joining for one year the Danish Continental team Restaurant Suri – Carl Ras.
The 35-year-old Rigoberto Uran has extended with EF Education-EasyPost. Confirming the rumours that have emerged in recent weeks, the US team has announced a two-year contract extension for the Colombian, who has been with the team since 2016, when it was still called Cannondale-Drapac. So far Uran has obtained 15 victories including stages in all three Grand Tours and several semi-classics. In the final part of the 2022 season, he won a stage at the Vuelta a España and was in the top-10 finishes in classics such as the Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa, Coppa Agostoni, Giro dell’Emilia and Tre Valli Varesine.
After prematurely terminated his contract with Bahrain – Victorious (ending in ’23), Luis León Sánchez returns to Astana Qazaqstan. Following several rumours (see 29 July), it is now official that the Spaniard has signed with the Kazakhstan formation, with whom he has reached a one-year agreement for 2023. Having moved to Bahrain – Victorious last year, the experienced Murcian rider returns to the team he raced with from 2015 to 2021 and so far has 47 wins in his palmarès.
Team DSM announced the signings of Matthew Dinham, Alex Edmondson and Sean Flynn: Dinham signed until the end of 2025, Edmondson until the end of 2023 and Flynn until 2024. The 22-year-old Australian Dinham (Team BridgeLane) is a mountain bike cross-country specialist and has this year won La Maurienne(1.2), achieving numerous placings in the Tour de l’Avenir and other races, also on French soil. A professional for seven years, 28-year-old Australian Edmondson (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) is a valuable domestique and won the Australian road title in 2018: this year he has a difficult season following illness and accidents. Britain’s 22-year-old Flynn (Tudor Pro Cycling Team) is a rider with a multi-disciplinary background, and among juniors has been British road, cyclocross and cross country champion. Switching to road racing full-time at the start of 2021, he won a stage at the Istrian Spring Trophy this year.
As reported by VeloNews journalist Daniel Benson, EF Education – EasyPost has extended Simon Carr‘s contract for another two seasons.
According to Wielerflits, Kenny Molly will leave Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB at the end of the season. Giving the news to the portal is the rider’s father, who spoke of a disagreement they both had with the team management.
Mikkel Honoré is a new rider for EF Education-EasyPost. As already announced in recent days, the 25-year-old Dane has signed for two years with the US team prematurely terminated his contract with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, to which he was linked until the end of 2023. In his four years with the Belgian team, Honoré was able to win a stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and a stage of the Tour of the Basque Country (both in 2021) and took several placings in classics a short tours.
Toms Skujiņš have extended for two more years with Trek-Segafredo. The US team announced the renewal until the end of 2024 of the 31 yo Latvian rider, who has been with the team directed by Luca Guercilena since 2018. Among his 11 victories as a pro rider there are the Tre Valli Varesine, three stage wins at the Tour of California, a stage at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, the Trofeo Lloseta-Andratx and five national road and time trial titles.
The 26 yo Omer Goldstein has extended his contract with Israel – Premier Tech for one more year. The Israeli has so far won 4 races all at the National Championship (3 ITT and 1 Road Race). Also Guy Sagiv, 27, will rece with the team for one more year. For Sagiv, it is a ‘reintegration’, as the rider was put on a side in the summer to make room for Dylan Teuns, who was signed in August this season from Bahrain Victorious.
Viktor Verschaeve, 24, ended his second year in the professional ranks, always racing in a Lotto-Soudal jersey. Verschaeve, who had shown good things when he was very young, decided to continue his activity by returning to the Belgian development team. In 2021 and 2022, the Belgian had to deal with various physical problems including an operation on his iliac artery (2021) and will race next season with the Lotto Dstny Development Team.
The UCI has published the list of cycling teams that have submitted the mandatory documents for registration for the 2023 season. A total of 35 men’s teams have submitted these documents: 21 men’s teams have applied for a three-year licence with UCI WorldTeam status and 14 men’s teams are candidates as UCI ProTeams. The UCI reminded that candidate teams that have not submitted the essential documents by 17 October and do not appear in the lists below still have the opportunity to regularise their situation until the end of the registration process. For these reason, the UCI will not be able to disclose the list of teams holding a UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour licence in 2023 until the entire registration process ends in December. Men’s teams applying for registration as UCI WorldTeams: AG2R CITROEN TEAM; ALPECIN – DECEUNINCK; ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM; BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS; BORA – HANSGROHE; COFIDIS; EF EDUCATION – EASYPOST; GREENEDGE CYCLING; GROUPAMA – FDJ; INEOS GRENADIERS; TEAM INTERMARCHÉ; ISRAEL – PREMIERTECH; JUMBO-VISMA; LOTTO DSTNY; MOVISTAR TEAM; SOUDAL QUICK-STEP; TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC; TEAM DSM; TREK – SEGAFREDO; UAE TEAM EMIRATES; UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM. Men’s teams requesting registration as UCI ProTeams: BINGOAL WB; BOLTON EQUITIES BLACK SPOKE; BURGOS – BH; CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA; EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM; EQUIPO KERN PHARMA; EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI; GREEN PROJECT-BARDIANICSF-FAIZANE’; Q36. 5 PRO CYCLING TEAM; TEAM FLANDERS – BALOISE; TEAM CORRATEC; TEAM NOVO NORDISK; TOTALENERGIES; TUDOR PRO CYCLING TEAM
CONSIDERATIONS. It is surprising that there are 21 applications to join the WorldTour, in particular that of the UNO-X Pro Cycling Team, which as a Professional team ranked in 2022 behind Alpecin and Arkea. Among the Pro Teams, the French B&B Hotels (sponsored next year by the city of Paris, has delayed their application since their are finalising the team’s new corporate structure), the American Human Powered Health (banking delays with regard to economic guarantees), the Italian Drone Hopper Androni (in search of new sponsors) and, of course, Gazprom Rusvelo, which had already disappeared in March, are currently missing from the 2022 list. New entries are the Swiss Tudor Cycling Team of Fabian Cancellara and Doug Ryan’s Q36.5 Pro CyclingTeam, the Italian Team Corratec and New Zealand’s Bolton Black Spoke. See the official press release from UCI.org
Team Movistar have announced their three new rider for the 2023 season. 19 yo Spanish Ivan Romeo (Hagens Berman Axeon) with a three year contract, 28 yo Portuguese Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-EasyPost) with a three year contract and 28 yo Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates Team) with a one year contract. Therefore Movistar is the first team to make its 2023 squad official, with the number of riders now risen to 30.
The 2018 Amstel Gold Race winner, Michael Valgren (EF Education-EasyPost) is still recovering from his heavy crash on the Route d’Occitanie – La Dépêche du Midi last June. The 30-year-old Danish rider, who suffered a dislocated hip, a fractured pelvis and a knee injury in the incident, wants to get back into the peloton and in agreement with his team will start next season with EF Education-NIPPO Development Team. Valgren, also winner of several semi-classics, hope to have there the opportunity to ride without too much pressure and to return soon into the first team.
Belgian rider Floris De Tier will join the ranks of Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB from 2023. The 30 year old ex-cyclocross rider has been riding for the Alpecin-Deceuninck team since 2020, after a spell with Jumbo-Visma and Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.
The USA rider Robin Carpenter has signed a one year deal with the Continental team L39ION of Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Carpenter is leaving Human Powered Health at the end of the season. During is career the American has obtained 5 wins: stages in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Tour of Utah, Tour of Alberta and in the Tour of Britain and the Winston Salem Cycling Classic in 2017.
Another new requirement for Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team. The Italian Matteo Malucelli who will join the Belgian ProTeam as from 1 January 2023. The Italian sprinter is the winner of a stage in the Giro di Sicilia last April and arrives from the China Glory Continental Cycling Team, with whom he had signed up last August after starting the year with Gazprom-RusVelo.
France team Arkea-Samsic has announced the signing of 27 yo Spanish climber Cristian Rodriguez from TotalEnergies. Rodriguez won a stage and the General Classification of the Tour du Rwanda in 2021
Fabian Cancellara’s Tudor is very close to sign the 29 yo Roland Thalmann. The Swiss rider has been defending the colours of the Austrian Continental team Voralberg in 2022 winning a stage at the Tour de Alsace, where he also finished third in the general classification.
American Kyle Murphy will not remain with the Human Powered Health professional team and the 31-year-old from Palo Alto will join the L39ION of Los Angeles, a US Continental team, next season.
On its Twitter account the Basque Professional Euskaltel-Euskadi have announced that Mikel Aristi (29) and Julen Irizar (27), will no longer be professional riders in 2023, having decided to retire at the end of the 2022 season. if Irizar has no any win in his professional career, Mikel Aristi raised his arm in three occasions winning stages in the Tour du Limousin (“19), in the Volta a Portugal (’19) and in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (’17).
Bahrain Victorious has renewed the contract of Kamil Gradek for a further two years. The Polish rider is a former Polish national time trial champion and joined the Bahraini team at the beginning of the 2022 season.
24yo Dutchman David Dekker is now officially an Arkea Samsic rider (see also 29 July). The sprinter is currently riding for Jumbo Visma but will be in the Arkea Samsic roster next season. Dekker signed a two year contract.
The former Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara is ready to enter the Professional category in 2023 with the Swiss-licensed team Tudor Pro Cycling. The line up is starting to get clearer and accordingly to WielerFlits, in addition to their current best rider, that include the 24yo Swiss Robin Froidevaux, recent winner of the Serenissima Gravel 2022 and of the Swiss National Championships, several new faces are expected to join the team. In 2023, the Swiss team should count on Dutchmen Rick Pluimers (Jumbo-Visma Development Team), Arvid de Kleijn (Human Powered Health) and Maikel Zijlaard (Volkerwessels). Linked to Cancellara’s team ara also Luxembourgers Arthur Kluckers (currently a stagiaire at UAE Team Emirates) and Luc Wirtgen (Bingoal-Pauwels), Danish national road race champion Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo) and British Matthew Holmes (Lotto-Soudal).
Cofidis extends the expiring contracts of two riders: José Herrada and Eddy Finè, who will therefore continue to ride with the French World Tour team. The 37yo Spaniard Herrada will end is carrier at the end of the 2023 season after a 17 year carrier and two wins and he is the brother of Jesus Herrada. The 24-year-old Frenchman Finè had also his contract extended for one more year.
Israel-Premier Tech has signed 24 yo Belgian Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) with a one year contract. The Israeli formation will lose its World Tour status due to its last place in the three-year UCI classification.
It is time for Bahrain Victorious and Chun Kai Feng to say goodbye, with the 33yo Taiwanese rider returning to Asia to race with a Japanese Continental formation, Utsunomiya Blitzen. But the Bahrain line-up will continue to have a Taiwanese rider. In fact, the team has made official the arrival of a new Taiwanese rider in the team, 25-year-old Sergio Tu, who raced in Italy this year with Cycling Team Friuli. Tu has signed a two-year deal with Bahrain, which will be his first WorldTour team, with the hope of being able to grow further, especially in time trials, a speciality in which he was national champion in 2020 and 2021 and U23 continental runner-up in 2019.
After two years at Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli, the Eritrean rider Natnael Tesfatsion has signed a two-year contract with Trek – Segafredo. Winner of five races as a professional, including a stage at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour du Rwanda, in which he also won the 2020 and 2022 classifications, last July he also achieved his first success in Europe by winning the queen stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race, which he finished in second position behind Filippo Zana. He also had numerous placings this year in the Italian calendar, such as second place at the Giro dell’Appennino and fourth at the GP Larciano.
38 yo Yukiya Arashiro has extended his contract with Bahrain Victorious from one more year. The Japanese rider won the GC in Tour de Limousin 2012 as well as the Tour of Taiwan in 2018.
As reported today by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manlio Moro, who just yesterday won silver at the Track World Championships with the team pursuit quartet, should end up in Spain. The 20-year-old of Zalf Euromobil Fior should has been linked to the WorldTour with Team Movistar, although it is not clear whether this will happen as early as next year or in 2024, ahead of the Paris Olympics.
Confirming rumours of recent weeks, Arkea-Samsic has announced the signing for next season of Jenthe Biermans (Israel-Premier Tech). The 26 yo Belgian is a sprinter capable of good result in the Flemish Classics, where he finished fifth at Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne 2021.
Two new riders will join the ranks of Equipo Kern Pharma next year. Both are 21 yo and Spaniards: Pablo Castrillo and Mikel Retegi. Already trainees sing Aug22, they come from the Equipo Lizarte development squad and have signed for two years.
Rumours grow around the new Swiss Doug Ryder’s roaster for 2023. So far, the following riders has been linked to Ryder’s team: Jack Bauer (37yo Team BikeExchange – Jayco), Gianluca Brambilla ( 35yo Trek – Segafredo), Walter Calzoni (21yo Gallina Ecotek Lucchini Colosio), Filippo Conca (24yo Lotto Soudal), Tom Devriendt (30yo Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), Mark Donovan (23yo Team DSM), Carl Fredrik Hagen (31yo Israel – Premier Tech), Damien Howson (30yo Team BikeExchange – Jayco), Tobias Ludvigsson (31yo Groupama – FDJ), Matteo Moschetti (26yo Trek – Segafredo), Domenico Pozzovivo (39yo Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), Antonio Puppio (23yo Israel Cycling Academy)
22yo Check sprinter Daniel Babor (Elkov – Kasper) have signed for two years with Caja Rural – Seguros RGA. This year Babor has won 3 races and has obtained several top 5 placing.
Today, Il Lombardia will be the last race of the 33 year old Spaniard Aritz Bagües (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA).
According to sources of Ciro Scognamiglio (Gazzetta.it), Maximiliano Richeze could soon join Jerome Pineau’s team B&B Hotels – KTM for 2023 and he will be the lead-out man of Mark Cavendish, who has been linked to the French Professional team for several week. Max Richeze, who retired in mid-season shortly after the Giro d’Italia raced with UAE Team Emirates, has announced in an interview with Telemedellin that he has received a call from a major team, and has therefore decided to race for another year.
21 yo from Belgium Aaron Van Der Beken has joined the Professional Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB from Lotto Soudal’s U23 team (see also 23 September). Van Der Been signed a two year contract.
According to Wielerflits, British 22 yo Sean Flynn will make his pro debut next year in the Team DSM jersey. Flynn is currently riding for the Swiss Tudor Pro Cycling Team.
EF Education-EasyPost has announced that the career of the Dutch rider Sebastian Langeveld will end on Sunday 9 October with the Paris-Tours 2022. The 37-year-old will then immediately join again the team as the new team Sports Director. In his carrier, the former Dutch has obtained seven victories, including the 2006 GP Cerami and a prestigious podium at Paris-Roubaix in 2017.
According to journalist Miguel Hermosilla on Twitter, after several years without good results, Andrés Camilo Ardila is close to change team for the next season. The Colombian rider was the winner of the Giro d’Italia Under-23 in 2019, dominating the rase and winning two stages, but since his performances have been disappointing. Although the rider is still under contract with UAE for 2023, Ardila is expected to move to Burgos-BH to regenerate his professional carrier
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Arkea-Samsic could sign Belgian rider Jenthe Biermans, who would then leave Israel-Premier Tech after three seasons.
Frenchman Theo Delacroix will leave Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert at the end of the season to join the French Continental team St. Michel-Auber 93. The 23 year old signed for 1 year.
In 2023 we will no longer see Estonian climber Tanel Kangert in the peloton, who will hang up his bike at the age of 35. The announcement was made by the sports director of his team, BikeExchange-Jayco, with which he will race one last time at the Lombardia on Saturday 8 October.
Bahrain Victorious confirmed the contract extension of Pello Bilbao for an additional year and will ride with the Arab team at least until the end of 2024. The Basque climber has so far obtained 14 victories including two stages in the Giro d’Italia (’19), one in the Critérium du Dauphiné (’18) and a stage of the Tour of the Basque Country (’22). In the the team managed by Milan Erzen, the 32 yo Spaniard has so far had five successes and has proven to be a solid rider in the Grand Tours, twice finishing the Giro d’Italia in the top-5 (2020 and 2022) and once in the top-10 (2021) at the Tour de France.
Team Movistar announced the extension of the contracts of four riders for another year: Imanol Erviti, José Joaquin Rojas, Lluis Mas and Albert Torres.
According to reports in Het Laatste Nieuws, Cofidis will not renew the contracts of Sander Armée and Kenneth Vanbilsen.
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB then announced the signing of 30-year-old Alexis Guérin (Team Vorarlberg), winner of a stage at the last Sazka Tour
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Douglas Ryder’s team that will be born next year will welcome the 30 yo Tom Devriendt (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), who was fourth at the last Paris-Roubaix, into its ranks
Professional Caja-Rural, after Balderstone and Hailemichael, also decided to promote from the development team Spanish U23 champion Joseba Lopez, who has already raced the second half of the season as a stagiaire, participating in professional races such as the Tour of Portugal and the Tour of Luxembourg. The 22 yo Spanish rider signed a two year contract.
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck is moving from Alpecin-Deceuninck to Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces in the 2023 season. The Belgian will be an asset for the pro-continental formation in the cobbled classics and end his experience with Alpecin-Deceuninck after 2 years. The 31-year-old Van Keirsbulck will begin his 13th season as a pro at Bingoal. Among his best victories Le Samyn and the Antwerp Port Classic both during his spell with Wanty Groupe-Gobert. The Belgium formation has also announced the contract extension with Rémy Mertz and Marco Tizza for one more year.
Human Powered Health has announced the signing of Dutch puncheur Bart Lemmen from the VolkerWessels Cycling Team until 2024. The 26-year-old from Utrecht will be have his first season as a full-time professional, having been a commander in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In just 15 months of competition, Lemmen has already achieved his first pro success on the Kreiz Breizh Elites in early August.
Julian Mertens has signed for two years with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. The 24-year-old rider is leaving Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise after three seasons.
The Belgian Professional team Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise has announced the signing of Arno Claeys for two seasons. The 22 yo Belgian is currently racing with Team Elevate p/b Home Solutions Soenens, and this year he won the Grand Prix Honnelles 2022 Under-23 and was second at the U23 National Time Trial Championships in 2021.
In a surprise announcement, the Colombian rider Nairo Quintana has announced on a video posted on his social media the end of his collaboration with Arkea-Samsic. In the mid-August he had extended his contract with the Breton team for three more seasons, but according to team manager Emmanuel Hubert, this was only a verbal agreement with the Combita native, who then saw his 6th place in the last Tour de France taken away from him after a positive test for tramadol announced by the UCI a few days after this extension. A substance that is contrary to the UCI’s medical regulations but not yet considered as doping by the World Anti-Doping Agency – although it will be from 2024 onwards. The Colombian said: “I will keep you informed about my future in the next few weeks”. The 2014 Giro d’Italia and 2016 Tour of Spain winner joined Arkea-Samsic in 2020 help the French team to grow and probably join the WorldTour next season. In his video release, Quintana also said: “I would like to thank Arkéa-Samsic for these three seasons where we have been able to do many races. We won some, we lost others. I was able to give all my experience, all my background to a great team. I was able to get the points to take the team to the World Tour, fulfilling what was promised when they hired me.” The 32-year-old rider then recalled that he still denies using Tramadol and that he continues to challenge his sanction before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. “I have submitted an appeal to CAS and I continue to work with my lawyers. I am optimistic because I am an honest person, I have done nothing wrong, nothing illegal and I will defend myself.” See his self released video clicking at this link.
AG2R Citroën Team has announced a one year extension for the 29-year-old sprinter Marc Sarreau. A professional rider since 2014, Sarreau has been riding with AG2R Citroën since 2021. With a total of 16 victories so far, this year the Frenchman This year won the first three stages in the Tour Poitou – Charentes in New Aquitaine and one stage at the Cholet – Pays de la Loire.
Ruben Guerreiro will definitely leave EF Education-EasyPost despite another year on his contract, and in addition to Bora and Ineos, he is in talks with Movistar, as confirmed to VeloNews by the Portuguese rider’s agent, who also revealed that the goal is to get a three- or four-year contract.
It is now official and Caja-Rural decided to promote Mulu Kinfe Hailemichael, who was racing with the development squad and had recently returned to success, to the main roster (see also 20 September).
Leaving road cycling is Joris Nieuwenhuis, who after four seasons with the DSM team (he had a contract expiring in 2023) has revealed to Wielerlifts that he will switch with immediate effect to Baloise Trek Lions in order to devote himself immediately to cyclocross.
Two-year renewal for German sprinter Phil Bauhaus who signed a new two-year contract with Bahrain – Victorious, the team he joined in 2019 after two years with Team Sunweb. The 28-year-old has so far achieved 19 career successes, thirteen of them with his current line-up. This year he has won twice, winning a stage in the Tour of Poland and a stage in the Tirreno – Adriatico.
Double signing for the French team Cofidis, which announced the arrival of two young talents, Axel Mariault and Harrison Wood, both signing for two years for the team led by Cedric Vasseur. The 24-year-old Frenchman Mariault comes from Team U Nantes Atlantique, while the 22-year-old Briton is instead racing as a trainee with the WorldTour team.
After a short period as a stagiaire Florian Lipowitz will join Bora-Hansgrohe in 2023. The 22-year-old German has signed a professional contract with his country’s World Tour team. Lipowitz, a biathlon athlete until 2019, joins Bora signing a two years contract after racing with the jersey of Continental Tirol-KTM until joining his new team as a stagiaire in Aug 22.
Romain Hardy has announced that next Sunday at the Tour de Vendée, he will end a career that began in 2010, when it was Emmanuel Hubert, who is his team manager even today at Arkéa, who launched him into the pro ranks.
Human Powered Health has announced his ninth new rider for the coming season. The US professional has added several European riders to its roster. In recent days, among others, Polish Stanisław Aniołkowski and Hungarian Barnabas Peak had been announced and Alan Banaszek, who leaves HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski, his country’s Continental formation. The 24 yo Pole has won this year the general classification of the Tour of Thailand.
The Australian team BikeExchange-Jayco has officially announced that Lukas Pöstlberger will join the team in 2023. The 30 yo Austrian has signed a contract valid until the end of 2024, and will therefore leave after seven years Bora-hansgrohe, the team with which he turned professional in 2016 and with which he won five victories, including the first stage of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, which allowed him to wear the Maglia Rosa for one day.
Four contract extensions for Israel-Premier Tech. The Israeli team have announced that 33 yo Canadian Guillaume Boivin (one more year), 28 yo German Rick Zabel (two more years), 28 yo Dane Mads Würtz Schmidt (two more years) and 32 year old Belgian Tom Van Asbroeck (two more years), have signed renewals to continue their carriers with them.
VeloNews has announced that three riders from the WorldTour will be part of the Doug Ryder’s new Swiss licensed Professional team. They are Australian Damien Howson, whose contract is expiring with Team BikeExchange-Jayco, and the two Italians Matteo Moschetti and Gianluca Brambilla, both leaving Trek – Segafredo. Vincenzo Nibali has confirmed that he will be part of the staff as Team Ambassador.
Luca Van Boven will turn professional from 1 January next with the jersey of Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. The 22 yo Belgian grew up with the U-23 Lotto – Soudal team and has now reached an agreement for the next two seasons with Bingoal.
According to ADN Cycling, Miguel Edoardo Florez will not renew with Arkéa – Samsic, is looking for a new team.
The USA team Human Powered Health has announced the signing of two more riders: Gijs Van Hoecke (Ag2r Citroen), see also 19 September, and this was and Barnabás Peák (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert). The 30 yo Belgian has signed for 2 years, while the 23 yo Hungarian for one season.
Reported on his team social media, the 38-year-old rider Heinrich Haussler has signed for one year with his current team, Bahrain Victorious. Haussler joined Bahrain Merida in 2016, as Bahrain Victorious was called at the time and will now spent his seventh season with the Bahraini team. In in carrier so far there are 22 wins including a stage at The Tour de France and a stage at the Vuelta a España. The Australian rider was also second in the Milano Sanremo (’09) and on the Ronde van Vlaanderen (’09).
Team BikeExchange-Jayco has signed for one season the experience 36 year old Czech rider Zdeněk Štybar which will reinforce the Australian team in the classics and one-day races. Brent Copeland, General Manager, explains: “We have already strengthened our roster for the 2023 season in many areas and now, with the addition of Zdeněk Štybar we have a very complete team. His list of results and performances in a wide range of competitions speaks for itself. We have had many changes over the last few years and it was very important for us to secure experienced professionals who know the races and the team inside out, to guide the team and help the new generation.”
For the 32 yo Austrian Matthias Brändle it is the right time to hang up his bike. After 14 years as a professional, the Israel – PremierTech rider announced today via his social media channels that he will end his career at the end of this season. Born in Hohenems, the Austrian has been eight times Austrian national time trial champion and one time road race champion, and on his palmareis there are a further nine victories including two stages at the Tour of Britain and two at the Tour of Belgium.
Bahrain Victorious has extended the contract of Jack Haig, already signed until 2023, for a further two years. After arriving last season, the Australian puncheur has established himself as a strong element of the team with a 3rd place in the 2021 Vuelta a Espana and a 5th place in the 2022 Critérium du Dauphiné. The 29 year old rider has thus extended his lease until 2025. For the next three years, the Southport native will be an important element of the Bahrain Victorious team for the stage races, but also for the Ardennes classics where he was 11th in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022.
Human Powered Health has announced the signing of 2 Canadians, 1 Belgian and 1 Polish riders. Benjamin Perry (from British Continental Wiv SunGod) signed for 1 year and he also raced with Astana in 2021. Charles-Étienne Chrétien, who has signed a two-year contract and will become a full member of the team from 1 January after having raced there as a trainee. 24-year-old Belgian Sasha Weemaes (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and 25-year-old Polish Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) both are sprinters and signed for the next two seasons.
According to DirectVelo, Belgian Aaron Van Der Beken, who grew up in the jersey of the Lotto Soudal development team, will move to Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB jersey.
37 yo Frenchman Matthieu Ladagnous has extended his contract with Groupama-FD for one more year. Ladagnous will be 38 in Dec and the next season will be a record eighteenth consecutive season. The French rider has witnessed all the various team’s name change (La Française des Jeux, FDJ-BigMat, Groupama-FDJ, FDJ.fr) and of his 11 victories the most important victory so far has been the Four Days of Dunkerque in 2007.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco has confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Ethiopian climber Welay Hagos Berhe on a three-year contract. The team GM Brent Copeland considers Berhe, who is currently riding for EF Education-NIPPO Development Team, “a huge talent for the future” and will try to “ get the best out of him over the next three years.”
Portuguese sport newspaper O Jogo as reported that EF Education-EasyPost will probably loose Ruben Guerreiro. The 28 yo Portuguese rider has in fact received some good offers from Ineos Grenadiers and Bora-hansgrohe and will soon decide where to ride for the next season.
Ineos Grenadiers made official today the signing until 2025 of the promising 18-year-old Canadian Michael Leonard, who raced in Italy this year and achieved numerous successes.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, UAE Team Emirates is interested in signing Jay Vine. The Australian was recently the winner of two stages at the Vuelta a España, and has a contract until the end of 2023 with Alpecin-Deceuninck, but the agreement with the Belgian team could be concluded early due to the Emirates squad offer.
Lennert Teugels signs two-year contract with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. Belgian Pro Team Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB has officially announced the signing of Lennert Teugels for the next two seasons (see also 11 September). The 29 year-old Belgian climber has until now ride in the Continental circuit: with Verandas Willems-Crelan, Cibel and Tarteletto-Isorex, and had as his best result a stage win in the Tour of Greece.
Wout Van Aert has extended his contract with Jumbo-Visma again for an additional two years. The 28 yo Belgian, who had already renewed his contract until 2024 last year, has signed a new agreement with the Dutch team, bringing the expiry date of his contract to the end of 2026. Van Aert joined the team at the beginning of 2019 and has so far won 39 times including 9 stages at the Tour de France, Milan-Sanremo (’20), Amstel Gold Race (’21) and Strade Bianche (’20).
Team Human Powered Health has announced the signing for the 2023 season of young Norwegian climber Embret Svestad-Bårdseng for two seasons. The 20 year old is currently riding for Norwegian Team Coop and has proven is climber ability winning the best climber’s jersey at the Tour International de Hellas ’22.
27 yo Keegan Swirbul will leave Human Powered Health at the end of the season, since the US team has not offered a renewal to the 27-year-old, and as Eduardo Sepulveda a few days ago, has used his social media to inform that he will be looking for a new opportunity in 2023. Switbul said on his Twitter account that: “Hello all! I hate coming on Twitter for this, but I’ve just been told that I don’t have a contract for the coming year. It’s pretty late already so it’s a pretty tricky situation. I’ve had a pretty rough go with health issues during my two years here but the …..” here the link for his full msg.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio from Gazzetta.it, Fernando Gaviria, that will not continue with UAE Team Emirates at the end of his contract at end of this season, could join Movistar Team in 2023.
After rumours emerged in recent days, it is now official and from next season Adam Yates will ride with UAE Team Emirates. The 30-year-old Briton signed a contract for the next three years and with therefore he will remain bound at least until the end of the 2025 season. The British rider joined Ineos Grenadiers in 2021, obtaining 6 victories: the GC at the Volta a Catalunya 2021 (plus 2 stages) and the GC at this year at the Tour of Germany (plus 2 stages) out of the total 16 wins in his pro carrier so far. For several weeks Adam Yates was also linked for a possible move to Bike-Exchange- Jayco, where his twin brother Simon currently rides.
The 25-year-old sprinter Milan Menten has signed a two years contract with Lotto Dstny. Menten, currently riding with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, has shown himself during the past two years in sprints in the Belgian one-day races with several top placing in races like Tour de Wallonie, Schaal Sels and Ronde van Limburg. The Belgian has also obtained a Pro win: a stage at the Pro Race in 2021.
According to Tom Vergez, a journalist of the Luxemburger Wort, the former Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara is looking to reinforce his Tudor Pro Cycling team, which will become a Pro Team in 2023, and Luxembourgers Arthur Kluckers and Luc Wirgten have already been signed for next season. Kluckers, 22, arrives from Leopard and in this second part of the season is racing as a stagiaire for UAE. Wirgten, 24, is joining from Bingoal-Pauwels-Sauces WB, thanks to which he has already raced some monumental classics. Both riders are currently in Australia for the world championships. Kluckers will compete in the U23 road race on Friday and Wirtgen in the Elite race on Sunday.
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB announced the signing of Kenneth Van Rooy as of 1 January 2023. The Belgian, 28, signed for two years and will join after seven years with Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise.
As reported by Diario de Navarra, the 23 yo Ethiopian rider Mulu Hailemichael is expected to join next year Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. Left without a team after DELKO closed down last year, the African rider last year started again in the amateur ranks firstly with the Australian Global 6 Cycling and then with the jersey of Caja Rural-Alea, a satellite team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
According to WielerFlits, Lukas Pöstlberger is ready to join BikeExchange-Jayco. The 30-year-old Austrian should have already signed with Gerry Ryan’s Australian formation but the news is still not official. Pöstlberger is currently riding for BORA-hansgrohe, where he made his pro debut in 2016. Pöstlberger biggest success to date is the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia, when he surprised the sprinters with a finisseur action, also taking the Pink Jersey. In addition, of the six with expiring contracts in the Australian team, Nick Schultz is expected to move to B&B-Hotels-KTM, while Tanel Kangert should not been confirmed.
According to Wielerflits, the USA Professional Team Human Powered Health, managed by the Belgian DS Hendrik Redant is close to sign two Belgian: 24 yo sprinter Sasha Weemaes (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and 30 yo Gijs Van Hoecke (Ag2r – Citroën). The USA squad aims in fact to increase their overseas calendar with more European races.
As reported by Diario de Burgos, Spanish team Burgos-BH will have at lest four new arrivals for the next season: they are 20 yo Alejandro Franco (already a trainee with the team and who signed up to the end of 2024), 21 yo Frenchman Clement Alleno, 25 yo Miguel Ángel Fernández (already a trainee with the team) and 30 yo Antonio Angulo, currently riding for Euskaltel.
Guy Niv will retire from pro cycling at the end of the season. The 28 yo Israel-PremierTech rider, the first Israeli to take part in the Tour de France in 2020 edition, has in fact revealed that he has lost his motivation to ride at a professional level.
According to reports from Daniel Benson @VeloNews, and since Patrick Lefevere’s QuickStep has not offered a contract renewal to the experienced Czech rider Zdeněk Štybar, the 36 year old winner of the Strade Bianche 2015 is now on the verge of signing a deal with Team BikeExchange – Jayco.
According to Alan Benson from Velonews, UAE Team Emirates is interested in signing the British Adam Yates, 30, and several sources are confirming that a possible transfer from Ineos Grenadiers could be very close. Yates apparently had two offers (the other should be from Bike Exchange) to choose from and was deciding between the two options.
Confirming existing rumours, two new riders for DSM team have been announced: Patrick Bevin, 31, and Harm Vanhoucke, 25. The New Zealander, coming from Israel-PremierTech, signed a three-year contract ( until end 2025) and the Belgian, a GT potential rider currently at Lotto-Soudal, have signed a two-year contract (until end 2024).
27 year old Slovenian Matej Mohorič, already under contract until 2023, have further extended his contract for two more seasons with Bahrain Victorious. With so far 16 carrier victories, he joined the team in 2018, with whom he has achieved important victories such as Milano-SanRemo in 2022, two stages at the Tour de France 2021 and one at the Giro d’Italia 2018. The Kranj native will stay with the Bahraini team at least until the end of 2025.
Ineos Grenadiers have announced that Thymen Arensman (Team DSM) will join the team in 2023 after signing a two-year contract. The 22-year-old Dutchman has had an impressive season, winning a time trial at the Tour of Poland, where he finished second on the GC, and the queen stage of Vuelta a Espana, where he was 6th on the final GC.
Anton Palzer renews with Bora – hansgrohe. The 28 year old former ski racer joined the team in April 2021 and the German team has reconfirmed him for one more year.
The Belgian team Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise has announced the signing of Elias Maris for 2023 and 2024. The 22 year old Belgian has been racing this year with Leopard Pro Cycling and he is considered a promising good sprinter and a potential classics riders.
Connor Swift has signed for Ineos Grenadiers for the next two season. in 2023. The 26 year old rider, a former British national champion, is currently with Arkéa-Samsic and a possible move was largely anticipated ( see also 29 August).
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert have signed Dion Smith, 29, for two seasons. For the New Zealander, who is leaving BikeExchange-Jayco, it is a return, as he had worn the jersey of the then Wanty Group-Gobert for two years (2017 & 2018).
The 36-year-old Belgian rider Jan Bakelants will not be confirmed by his current team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Bakelants has been riding with the Belgium team since 2020 and this season he managed to win the Tour of Wallonie. In an interview to Het Nieuwsblad, Bakelants said that the team will not offer him the renewal of his ending contract and blamed Aike Visbeek, the team technical director, for what is happening. Bakelants went into details goes into detail: “Apparently they don’t keep me because they have to go through an ‘extra expense’ to find a replacement for Quinten Hermans (who is going to Alpecin-Deceuninck – ed)…… it’s a ridiculous excuse”.
Marca announced that Iván Romeo will race with the Movistar jersey for the next three seasons. The 19 year old Spaniard is currently racing with Hagens Berman Axeon.
The 28 year old French rider Quentin Jauregui (B&B Hotels-KTM) have announced that he will retire after ten years of pro cycling, and 33 year old Slovakian Juraj Sagan (TotalEnergies) have also declared his intention to hang up his bike at the end of the season during an interview to sportnet.sme.sk, and for his last race he will be joining his brother Peter for the last time at the 2022 World Championships in Wollongong,
Niki Terpstra, Total Energies, has announced via social media that he will end his career at the end of the season after twenty years ago in the peloton. Terpstra, 38, has obtained 22 victories, including two Monumental Classics: Paris-Roubaix 2014 and Tour of Flanders 2018. The Dutchman has also said that he will remain in the cycling world with a new role that will soon be unveil. Terpstra full profile here
Team BikeExchange-Jayco announced three contract extensions: Kevin Colleoni, Amund Grøndahl Jansen and Jan Maas. The young Italian climber Kevin Colleoni, 22, joined the team as a neo-pro last season and this season was on the podium at the Saska Tour. For him there is a renewal for the 2023 season. Norwegian Amund Grøndahl Jansen, 28, has also committed for a further season after joining the Australian team in 2021. Finally, 26-year-old Jan Maas made his WorldTour debut in 2022 and will continue for another two seasons.
Toon Clynhens will turn professional next season. The Belgian rider has signed a two-year contract with Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise. The 21 year old rider is a member of Continentale Elevate p/b Home Solution-Soenens and he is currently doing a period with Arkéa-Samsic as a stagiairie. This year, he finished 5th in the Flèche Ardennaise (1.2), 6th in the Course de la Paix (2.NCup) and 7th in the hill climb at Vresse-sur-Semois.
Frenchman Nathan Vandepitte, 22, has signed for two years with Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-WB. The rider has been promoted from the Belgian development team where he was riding since 2019.
Team Bahrain Victorious has announced the contract extension for one more year with Edoardo Zambanini. The 21 year old Italian, already under contract until the end of next season, will therefore ride for the Bahrein Team at least until the end of 2024.
Lennert Teugels will ride for Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB next season. His current team Tarteletto-Isorex has announced this on social media. For 29-year-old Teugels it will be his professional debut. Teugels, who signed for one year, got his first professional victory this year in the third stage of Tour of Hellas where he was second in the general classification.
In an interview to La Dernière Heure, Dries Devenyns revealed that he would like to continue with QuickStep-AlphaVinyl next year, although he admitted that he add little talk with Patrick Lefevere on the matter.
According to Ouest France, TotalEnergies and Lorrenzo Manzin have already found an agreement, with the transalpine sprinter ready to renew his contract until 2024.
According to Wielerlifts, , and although the news is still unofficial, Dutchman Jan Maas has signed a new two-year contract with BikeExchange-Jayco.
Giovanni Carboni is a new rider for Equipo Kern Pharma. The 27-year-old, who was left without a team in March due to the suspension and subsequent closure of Russian Gazprom-Rusvelo, has signed a contract with the Spanish outfit that is valid from now until the end of the 2023 season. In these months without a team, the former Bardiani rider from Marche was able to race some Italian races with the national team jersey, putting himself in the spotlight at the Adriatica Ionica Race with a success in the third stage. Now, joining the Iberian team represents for Carboni ‘a new beginning after a difficult period’.
Lotto Soudal (Lotto-Dstny from next season) has secured for 3 years the promising Belgian sprinter Jarne Van de Paar. The 21-year-old, who is already part of the Lotto Soudal U23 team, will remain there in 2023 and move to the pro team in 2024. The Belgian rider is the reigning Belgium national Under-23 champion.
The Cofidis team has made the first new signing for next season: the Spaniard Jonathan Lastra (29). Lastra, an experienced climber, is currently riding for Caja Rural – Seguros RGA and have signed a two year contract.
Antoine Duchesne (31) will hang up his bike announcing that the GP de Quebec and the GP de Montreal will be the last two races of his career. Duchesne, Groupama-FDJ, rode in the last five seasons with the team directed by Marc Madiot, where he achieved his only success: the Canadian National road title.
Jasha Sütterlin will wear the Bahrain Victorious jersey at least until the end of 2024. The Arab team has in fact extended his still ongoing contract for one extra year. The 29-year-old German has so far obtained just one victory, a stage at the 2017 Vuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid.
B&B Hotels-KTM extends the contracts of Pierre Rolland, 36, Julian Morice, 31, and Thibault Ferasse, 27. Rolland will stay in the peloton for another season after a good Tour of the Dauphiné 2022. Morice signed for two more seasons and Ferasse for another two years both up to the end of 2024.
Ag2r Citroën announced that Bastien Tronchon, currently a stagiaire with the team and also a stage winner at the Vuelta a Burgos, will officially turn professional at the beginning of next year by signing a contract valid until the end of 2025.
Tiago Machado, 36, will end his career at the end of the season. Currently with Lusitanian Continental team Radio Popular-Paredes-Boavista, Machado has long been a World Tour rider, first with RadioShack and then with Katusha-Alpecin, and has excelled particularly in the short stage races, winning the 2014 Tour of Slovenia and finishing on the podium at the 2011 Giro del Trentino and 2012 Tour Down Under. Machado full profile here.
The 18 year old Antonio Morgado, the new star of Portuguese cycling, will ride next year with the American Hagens Berman Axeon team led by Axel Merckx, son of the great Eddy. Morgado signed a one year contract and he is the recent winner of the Giro della Lunigiana, a national road and time trial champion in his category and has obtained 28 successes so far this season. Full profile here
Alpecin-Deceuninck have announced the signing of Robbe Ghys, which was widely expected. The 25-year-old Belgian is a sprinter and will reinforce an already strong fast man sector with the confirmed Jasper Philipsen and new arrival Kaden Groves. Ghys signs a three-year contract leaving Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise after five seasons and one victory, achieved in a stage of the Tour of Belgium 2021.
Contract renewed for Alessandro Tonelli and Enrico Zanoncello with Bardiani-CSF-Faizané. The Italian professional team announced that they have extended Tonelli’s contracts with a two-year term and Zanoncello’s until the end of 2023.
In an interview with Feltet.dk, 24-year-old Morten Hulgaard announced his farewell to cycling. The Danish rider did not have his contract renewed by Uno-X and preferred to retire.
Alvaro Cuadros, 27, has decided to end his career. The announcement was made by Caja-Rural, the team in which the Spanish rider raced since 2018 throughout his professional career.
Groupama – FDJ have announced the contract extensions for five riders: Swiss Fabien Lienhard (2 more years), Frenchmen Clement Davy (3 more years) and Olivier Le Gac (2 more years), Dutchman Lars van der Berg (2 more years) and Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas (1 more year).
Frenchman Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën Team) has signed for the next two season with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. 29 year old has won so far 12 races including a stage in Vuelta a España in 2016 (his first pro season), a stage at Tour de France one the following season, together with polkadot jersey in Paris-Nice, and also won the Étoile de Bessèges, the Settimana internazionale Coppi e Bartali, the Circuit de la Sarthe and semi-classics such as the Drôme Classic (2018), Paris-Camembert (2018) and the Faun-Ardèche Classic (2019).
The 31-year-old Corné Van Kessel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) told Veldritkrant that his contract with the Belgian team will not be renewed and that he is already talking with other teams for the next season.
Maxime Chevalier (23) has signed a contract extension with B&B Hotels-KTM for at least another two years.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported the latest on the new project of Douglas Ryder, the former boss of Dimension Data and Team Qhubeka. Ryder, a South African, is working on the creation of a Professional category team that should have a Swiss licence. The new team managed by Ryder has apparently already very closed to sign 3 Italian riders: Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo), Antonio Puppio (Israel-Premier Tech Academy) and Filippo Conca (Lotto-Soudal). The team should also have among its consultants also Vincenzo Nibali that will hung up his bike at the end of this season.
Magnus Kulset, 22, has signed his first professional contract with Uno-X Pro Cycling, a promotion from the Norwegian team’s development squad. The Norwegian signed for the next two years. On the other hand, his brother Kristian Kulset, 26, has decided to hang up his bike at the end of this season, but will remain at Uno-X in 2023 as part of the technical staff.
in an Instagram post, the 34 year old Alex Howes (EF Education-EasyPost) has stated that he will no longer take part in road racing but will continuing to race off-road still wearing the jersey of the American WTT team. Exactly the same story for the 30 year old Lachlan Morton. Both have stopped to ride for EF Education-EasyPost since the end of July.
34-year-old Cameron Meyer ends his long career as a professional cyclist and will leave BikeExchange-Jayco at the end of the season. The Australian, who has been a good road racer and top track-cycle rider, is therefore and the entire team. The announcement was made by the Oceanic World Tour team, for whom Meyer had been riding since 2012.
Bahrain Victorious had announced the renewal for two more years with Wout Poels. The Dutch rider, 34, has obtained 21 victories during his career including a Liège – Bastogne – Liège in 2016 and this year he won the fourth stage and in the general classification of the Vuelta a Andalucia.
According to Het Nieuwsblad, Alpecin-Deceuninck is closed to sign the Belgian sprinter Robbe Ghys, also linked to Team DSM. The rider, 25, currently with Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, is a track specialist but also capable of putting himself in the limelight in road races; he also won a stage at the Tour of Belgium 2021.
Julien Simon will wear the TotalEnergies jersey for at least another year. The Franch team announced the renewal until the end of 2023 of the contract of the 36-year-old Breton. The former Cofidis rider has been able to conquer 13 successes in his carrier, 3 of which this season: the GP du Morbihan, Tour du Finistere and, most recently, the first stage of the Tour du Limousin.
Arizonian climber Matthew Riccitello will turn pro with Israel-Premier Tech in 2023, after racing with the team since Aug 22 as a stagiare. The 20-year-old USA rider impressed the team since his debut at the Vuelta a Burgos earlier this month ( fourth in the youth classification). Riccitello signed for three seasons.
According to VeloNews, Patrick Bevin, 31, will be soon announced as a Team DSM rider. Bevin has spent the last two seasons at Israel Premier Tech obtaining nine wins in his carrier three of which this year, including a stage in the Tour de Romandie.
According to Wielerlifts, Belgian Harm Vanhoucke, 25, will leave Lotto Soudal at the end of the season. Team DSM is his possible destination.
U23 rider Liam Slock will step up from the Lotto Soudal Development Team to the WorldTour team next season. The 21-year-old Belgian rider from Lochristi has signed a two-year deal for the team, that will be named Lotto Dstny from then on.
The 20 year old Noah Vandenbranden (Lotto – Soudal U23) will go pro with SportVlaanderen-Baloise at the start of next year. The Belgian signed a two years agreement with the team.
According to Radsport news, 17 year old Emil Herzog (Team Auto Eder), number 1 in the current junior world ranking, is ready to move with Axel Merckx’s Hagens Berman Axeon.
The Spanish climber Mikel Nieve has announced on his Twitter account that he will to hang up his bike at the end of the season, ending a career that began in 2008 with Orbea and lasted 15 years. The 38-year-old, who has been with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA since this year, has also worn the jerseys of Euskaltel-Euskadi (2009-2013), Team Sky (2014-2017) and Mitchelton-Scott (2018-2021), achieving a total of five victories. Three stage wins at the Giro d’Italia (2011, 2016 and 2018) were added to those at the 2010 Vuelta a España and the 2014 Giro del Dauphiné, with the Basque also able to achieve a top ten finish four times in his home GT and twice in the Corsa Rosa (where he won the climbers’ classification in 2016).
Following up on rumours that have emerged in recent weeks, Jumbo-Visma has made official the signings of Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ), Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious) and Thomas Gloag (Trinity Racing), the latter of whom is already a stagiaire with the Dutch team this season finale. The 24-year-old Hungarian Valter, who was Maglia Rosa at last year’s Giro d’Italia for three days, has signed up until the end of 2025, the same expiry date as the contract of 20-year-old Briton Gloag, who recently made a name for himself at the Tour de l’Avenir with a stage victory. The agreement signed by Tratnik, on the other hand, is for two years, and the Slovenian will leave the Bahrain team after four years, during which he also won a success at the 2020 Giro. Finally, Jumbo-Visma also announced the contract extensions of Timo Roosen and Lennard Hofstede, who have been with the team since 2015 and 2017 respectively. Roosen has renewed for just one year, Hofstede will remain with the team until at least the end of the 2024 season.
Belgian rider Arjen Livyns signed a two-year contract with John Lelangue’s Lotto Dstny, to whom he had already been approached in recent weeks. The 27-year-old Flemish rider has been a professional since 2018, when he signed with Vérandas Willems – Crelan, before racing the following year with Roompot – Charles. In 2020, however, he joined Bingoal Wallonie Bruxelles, with whom he then raced for three seasons. Among his best results were fifth place at the GP La Marseillaise 2021 and sixth at the Brussels Cycling Classic, as well as good results in the WorldTour classics. The Belgian team also announced a two-year agreement with Mathijs Paasschens. The Dutch rider, currently with Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB, will remain with the John Lelangue-led team until at least the end of 2024, looking to use this two-year period to grow further.
According to VeloNews, Briton Connor Swift, 26, is leaving Arkea Samsic and his next destination should be Ineos Grenadiers. VeloNews has also reported that Swift is in the process of finalising a deal with the British WorldTour team. Connor Swift is a former British road race champion (2018) has also won the Tro-Bro Léon in 2021.
On his YouTube channel, Briton Alex Dowsett has announced that he will hang up his bike at the end of the season. The 33-year-old (Israel Premier Tech) explained that he no longer have the right motivation to continue riding in the WorldTour, however he will still do some time trial and gravel races. The time trial specialist has been also riding with Team Sky and Movistar in his career and his victories include two stages at the Giro d’Italia.
Two renewals at Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux, as the Belgian team announced a two-year contract extensions with Hugo Page and Baptiste Planckaert. The France rider Page was already in the roster for the 2023 season and will stay with the team at least until the end of 2025. He has had several top 10 placing in this season including three top 5 in stages at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Belgium rider Planckaert, 33, has obtained four wins including the Rund um Köln in 2019 and will stay with the Belgian WTT at least until the end of 2024.
Dutch champion Pascal Eenkhoorn will ride for Lotto Dstny, the new name of the Lotto Soudal team, from 2023 onwards. Dutchman Pascal Eenkhoorn, 25, has signed a two-year contract and will join the the Belgian team. After riding for Jumbo-Visma since 2018. He has so far obtained five victories, including the Flèche de Heist 2021 and, at the end of June, the Dutch champion title. The Dutchman said “I need more freedom during the race. It is now that I can still make the choice to pursue my own ambitions.”
Pro Team Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB has announced the signing of 24 year old Alexander Salby. The young Danish sprinter, currently riding for Riwal Cycling Team, was this year three times in the top 5 during stages in the ZLM Tour. Salby signed for two years.
Vincent Van Hemelen reached a two-year agreement with Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise. The Belgian, 21, is currently racing with Lotto Soudal’s Under-23 team and took part in the Giro d’Italia Under-23.
More troubles for Nairo Quintana. After his disqualification at the Tour de France for being positive to Tramadol, the Colombian rider had signed a renewal with Arkèa-Samsic, but now the contract could be cancelled. According to ProTour Cycling in fact, the team has the right to renegotiate in full the agreement with the rider in the event of a rejected appeal to Tas.
According to VeloNews, Ineos Grenadiers is trying hard to reconfirm Adam Yates, although the Briton has several attractive options on the table. The British team is also very close to announce a the signing of the 18 year old Canadian Michael Leonard currently riding in Italy with Team Franco Ballerini.
Nico Denz will move from Team DSM to Bora – hansgrohe. The 28 year old German rider has signed for two years. So far Denz has obtained three victories as a pro rider, the most important of which is the stage win at the Tour de Suisse 2022.
Italian professional team Bardiani-CSF-Faizané has announced the signing of Mattia Petrucci (Team Colpack) for the next two years. The 20-year-old from Verona arrives at Bruno Reverberi’s team after two years in the development team of Groupama and then in the last two years with Team Colpack Ballan. Petrucci’s best results include a third place in the Giro della Valle d’ Aosta 2021, a second and a third place in the Piccolo Lombardia (2021/2019) and a third stage place in the Giro U23 2022.
Andrey Amador will join the US team EF Education – EasyPost in the 2023 season. After three seasons in the Ineos Grenadiers jersey and thirteen years in the WorldTour, the 35 year old Costa Rican has decided to follow Richard Carapaz with the new team. Amador, who signed for one year, won a stage in the Giro d’Italia and has been in the top ten of several Grand Tours.
Ag2r Citroën has extended Larry Warbasse‘s contract for one more year. The Savoyard French team announced that it had renewed the contract of the American rider until the end of 2023. The American national champion in 2017, who is currently not riding due to a pelvic fracture suffered at the Tour of Wallonie, will be with the team lead by Vincent Lavenu for his fifth year. Warbasse, 32, won also a stage in the Tour of Suisse 2017.
Richard Carapaz will ride with EF Education – EasyPost in 2023. Following rumours in recent months, the Olympic champion is officially a rider with the US formation, thus leaving Ineos Grenadiers after three years. The 29 year old has also won the 2019 Giro d’Italia, and he has obtained podiums at the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Giro d’Italia. Carapaz signs until for three years and will be with the American team at least until the end of 2025.
Jumbo – Visma made official the signings of Dylan van Baarle and Wilco Kelderman who both signed for three years until the end of 2025. Dutchman Van Baarle won Paris – Roubaix 2022 and leaves Ineos Grenadiers after five seasons and will strengthen the team for the big classics. Kelderman (Bora – hansgrohe) returns to his team where he made his professional debut in 2012, the then Rabobank.
Ag2r Citroen announced the extension until 2024 of the agreement with Damien Touzé, who joined the team last year. The 26-year-old, who is currently out of action due to the aftermath of a nasty crash in the finale of the second stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, has so far achieved some good placings in the sprints and French classics.
Cofidis has announced the contract extension of two of its riders: Ruben Fernandez, 31 year old climber, and Thomas Champion, 23 year old young hopeful of the team. Both will continue to ride with the French World Tour team for the next two seasons up to the end of 2024.
According to Daniel Benson (Velonews), Wout Poels extends his contract at Bahrain Victorious.
TotalEnergies announced the fifth addition for next season by signing Matteo Vercher, who is currently already racing with the transalpine team as a stagiaire. The 21-year-old, who will therefore turn professional on 1 January, comes from the Vendée U and made a name for himself in this 2022 by winning the French national title among amateurs.
Next 1 January, 25-year-old Riccardo Lucca (Work Service Vitalcare Vega) will turn pro with the Italian professional team Bardiani CSF Faizanè after signing a 2 years contract. The rider from Trentino was a stagiaire with Gazprom-Rusvelo last year, and he has already managed to achieve a prestigious victory by soloing last June in the fourth stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race at the end of a breakaway from afar.
Romain Combaud (31) and Niklas Märkl (23) will be part of the DSM team for two more seasons. The two riders, who both had expiring contracts, have extended their contracts with the Dutch team until 2024.
From next season, Steff Cras will become a TotalEnergies rider. The French Professional formation announced the signing of the Belgian climber, who comes from Lotto Soudal, a team in which he has played for the last three years after spending his first two years as a professional with Katusha-Alpecin. The 26-year-old, who had already been approached by the transalpine team in recent weeks, signed a contract valid until the end of the 2024 season.
Andra Pasqualon, Nikias Arndt and Dusan Rajovic will ride next season with Team Bahrain Victorious. The Bahrain team has announced the signing for two years of the three riders. The three riders are all fast wheels and ideal to reinforce the team in one-day races and in the Classics. The 34 year old Italian Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) has obtained several victories and top placing in his long career. The 30 year old German Arndt is a very fast sprinter with several victories, including Vuelta and Giro stages, and top placings during his career. He will also join the new team after ten seasons with DSM. The 24 year old Serbian Dusan Rajovic, arriving from the Continental Team Corratec, has already achieved 12 victories and will be ready for his first WTT appearance.
Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec renews with Team BikeExchange-Jayco. The 34-year-old has been with the Australian team since 2016 and has achieved 19 successes during his career, including the last stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia. Mezgec has signed for two years and will continue with his current team until at least the end of 2024.
At the end of this season, Jonathan Hivert (B&B Hotels-KTM) will hang up his bike after 17 years in the pro peloton. The announcement was made by the transalpine rider himself on his social channels, where the 37-year-old thanked everyone who supported him during his career.
Nairo Quintana‘s renewal for the next three seasons with Arkéa – Samsic is official. The 2014 Giro d’Italia winner took a good sixth place at the Tour de France 2022 and is set to participate in the Vuelta a España.
Ineos Grenadiers has renewed its contract with Michal Kwiatkowski for a further 2 years. The British team announced the renewal of the 32-year-old Polish former world champion’s contract, which expires at the end of next season, until the end of the 2025 season.
Three Australian riders have extended their contracts with BikeExchange-Jayco for a further 2 years. Luke Durbridge (31), Lucas Hamilton (26) and Callum Scotson (26) will stay with the Australian team until 2024.
Trek-Segafredo has renewed for a further two years with Danish rider Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, who signs until 2024 and says he will focus on Grand Tours in the future. The 21-year-old has yet to score any victories, but in his first two years as a professional, he has shown himself with numerous placings including a recent second place finish at the Tour de l’Ain.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scogliamiglio, Italian sprinter Niccolò Bonifazio is ready to leave TotalEnergies . There should be an agreement for him with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. The 28-year-old from Piedmont has raced with TotalEnergies since 2019 and for him it would be a return to a WorldTour formation, having previously raced in the jersey of Lampre-Merida, Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain.
Mathias Vacek reached a three-year agreement with Trek – Segafredo, where he had already been announced as a trainee. The 20-year-old has reached an agreement with the US team until 2025. For the Czech this is good news, which comes after a difficult few months. Shortly after achieving his first professional victory at WorldTour level by winning a stage at the UAE Tour 2022, in fact, his career was interrupted due to the closure of his team, Gazprom-RusVelo.
Elmar Reinders changes jersey during the season 2022. The Dutch sprinter will leave the Danish Continental team Riwal Cycling Team before the end of August to join Team BikeExchange-Jayco. Reinders will join the Australian World Tour team on 23 August 2022 immediately after the Tour of Denmark 2022. The Dutchman’s new contract expires at the end of 2024. Reinders has achieved numerous placings, including this year a win at the Tour of Bretagne and a fourth place at the Route Adélie de Vitré 2021.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio (Gazzetta.it), Jerome Pineau’s B&B Hotels – KTM Professional formation is aiming for a quantum leap thanks to new investors. Rumours have it that Mark Cavendish is in advanced negotiations with the French team. In addition to the Briton’s name, Cees Bol (Team DSM), Nick Schulz (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) and Ramon Sinkeldam, Arnaud Démare’s lead-out man at Groupama-FDJ.
Bahrain Victorious has officialised the signings of Fran Miholjević, Cameron Scott and Rainer Kepplinger. Miholjević is already a trainee with the team and the 20-year-old Croatian won a stage at the Giro di Sicilia 2022 (Cycling Team Friuli) and the overall national time trial title, as well as a silver medal at the recent time-trial European Under-23s. Cameron Scott, 24, comes from the Australian Cycling Academy is a promising sprinter, and finally, the 24-year-old Austrian Rainer Kepplinger (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang), was second at the 2022 National Time Trial Championships. Kepplinger started cycling in 2021, after having been a top athlete in rowing.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Yves Lampaert will remain a rider with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Soudal – Quick-Step next year, and has signed for two years. Lampaert, who has defended the colours of the Belgian formation since 2015, was this year’s Yellow Jersey after the first stage of the Tour de France, beating Wout van Aert in the opening time trial. The official announcement should soon take place.
UAE Team Emirates made official the signing of Domen Novak for the next two years. The 27-year-old Slovenian will therefore leave Bahrain Victorious after six years, during which he was able to win the national road race title (in 2019) and, more recently, excellent performances during this year’s Giro d’Italia and a third place in the Tour of Slovenia behind two of his future teammates, Rafal Majka and compatriot Tadej Pogacar.
Ag2r Citroën Team has renewed for two additional years with Nicolas Prodhomme. The 25-year-old Frenchman, who turned professional with this formation at the start of 2021, has now signed a two-year contract expiring at the end of 2024.
Stefan Küng remains with Groupama-FDJ and signs a new three-year contract. After continuous market rumours, the Swiss time trial specialist signed a new contract with the French World Tour formation, bringing the expiry date of his link to the end of 2025. This brings to an end a period characterised by many rumours, which had seen the 2021 European time trial champion approached by several teams.
Belgian team Alpecin-Deceuninck, which is expected to make the jump into the WorldTour category next year, has announced the extension until the end of the 2025 season of the contracts of Xandro Meurisse and Gianni Vermeersch, who are in the line-up led by the Roodhooft brothers.
Austrian Felix Großschartner have signed a two-year contract with UAE Team Emirates and will ride with them from 1 January 2023 to the end of 2024. Großschartner, currently the double national champion, leaves Bora-hansgrohe after five years. The 28-year-old Austrian climber has so far won six times in his career and obtained several top ten placings.
The Spanish professional formation Caja Rural-Seguros RGA has announced its first addition for next season: it is the 22 year old Catalan climber Abel Balderstone, who comes from the Iberian team’s development squad and is already a trainee with the main team in this second part of 2022.
Tim Wellens has signed a contract with UAE Team Emirates until 2024. After ten years with Lotto-Soudal, Belgian rider Tim Wellens will be moving to another team next season. As rumoured for several days, he will join the UAE Team Emirates in 2023, where he has signed a two-year contract. With 34 wins to his name since the start of his career, he should be an interesting addition to the UAE team, especially for the spring classics. He should also have a role as a teammate for his leader Tadej Pogacar in the stage races.
Bob Jungels has signed a 2-year contract with BORA-hansgrohe. The German team announced on its social networks the arrival of Bob Jungels from AG2R Citroën Team for two seasons. Back to his best level, the Luxemburgish rider won a stage in the last Tour de France. A rider with an all-round profile, he will be a great reinforcement in the classics and stage races, having won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2018.
Belgian team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert made official the signing of two riders from Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Rune Herregodts and Arne Marit. Both Belgians, the two have signed a contract valid until the end of 2024. Herregodts, 24, won the first stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia this year and, most recently, the first stage of the Sazka Tour. Marit, 23, won the GP du Morbihan last October ahead of Bryan Coquard and Elia Viviani.
Norwegian Uno-X announced that it has signed 27-year-old Danish Louis Bendixen (Team Coop) winner of this year’s Tour of Rhodes general classification. Bendixen has signed a two-year contract.
According to Direct Velo, the Belgian Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-WB is expected to sign Luca van Boven from 2023. Currently with the Lotto-Soudal development team, the 22-year-old Belgian won last spring’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for U23s and this year the Trofeo Città di Meldola.
Ethan Hayter has renewed his contract with Ineos Grenadiers and is set to stay with the British team with his brother Leo for at least more two years until the end of the 2024 season. Turning professional with the team in 2020, the 23-year-old proved his qualities winning last year ten times including the Giro dell’Appennino and this year two stages of the Tour of Romandie and the General Classification at the Tour of Poland.
Daryl Impey has extended his contract with Israel-Premier Tech until 2023. The 37year–old from Johannesburg South African rider has declared that his aim is to compete in the 2023 Tour de France after having been forced to give up this year because of Covid.
Paul Ourselin (28) and Fabien Grellier (27) extended with Team TotalEnergies. Both will stay with Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team until 2024.
In an interview to Het Nieuwsblad, the former cyclo-cross world champion Zdenek Stybar, with his contract ending this season, has revealed that he will not be able to carry with Patrick Lefevere’s Quick-Step since the Belgim team seems no willing to propose any renewal. Reduced by two complicated years due to Covid and physical problems, the 36 year old Czech, also winner of the 2015 Strade Bianche, is therefore looking around for a new team since he has been told that he can’t renew due to disappointing results in the last two years.
Confirming the rumours that have emerged in recent days, the Australian Team BikeExchange-Jayco has announced the signing until the end of the 2024 season of Felix Engelhardt (see 4 August), who will turn professional on 1 January, from the Tirol KTM Cycling Team, the 21 year old German rider in 2022 won the U23 road race at the European Championships, while in June he finished sixth at the Giro d’Italia U23.
The Spanish Professional team Burgos-BH has signed Alejandro Franco (20) up to the end of 2024. Franco has joined the team as a staigiere with immediate effect and has had so far promising results winning two Copas de España and the most demanding stage of the Vuelta a Navarra.
UAE Team Emirates has extended the contract of Juan Ayuso until the end of 2028, extending the previous date which was at the end of 2025. The 19 year old Ayuso had his first pro victory recently at Circuito de Getxo – Memorial Hermanos Otxoa.
Jacopo Guarnieri will leave Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season and become a Lotto-Dstny rider. The 34 year old Italian signed for two years (see also 1 August) and will be a great asset for the sprints line-up made available to Caleb Ewan.
Patrick Lefevere, from his blog columns in Het Nieuwsblad, stated that their market campaign is essentially closed and that only Yves Lampaert, Stijn Steels, Zdenek Stybar and Dries Devenyns remain with pending contract, with the latter seemingly having decided to stay with QuickStep-AlphaVinyl for 2023. The Belgian team signed Tim Merlier, Jan Hirt, Casper Pedersen along with neo-pro Martin Svrcek in the face of the rumoured departure of Mark Cavendish and the retirement of Iljo Keisse.
After more than 10 years with the team and 14 years as a pro, the 35 year old rider Sam Bewley of Team BikeExchange-Jayco has decided to end his career at the end of the season. The rider who has never won a professional race has been a diligent domestique during his career.
UAE Team Emirates has re-signed on two year additional terms Rafal Majka, Diego Ulissi and Mikkel Bjerg. All will ride with the team at least until the end of 2024.
BikeExchange-Jayco has made official the signing of Vicenza rider Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) starting next season. Zana (23) won this season’s Adriatica Ionica Race, and leaves Bardiani after three seasons. The Italian has signed a three-year contract with the Australian team.
Dylan Teuns is no longer a Bahrain – Victorious rider. The Belgian leaves the Bahrain formation with immediate effect (5 August22) and as of today is officially a rider with Israel – Premier Tech. Teuns has signed until the end of 2024. Silvan Adams’ team will therefore use the 30-year-old Belgian in the Vuelta a España and the Italian classics at the end of the season. Israel-Premier Tech today also announced the renewal until the end of the 2024 season of 36-year-old Australian Simon Clarke, who joined the team at the start of the year and was able to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France a month ago.
The French team TotalEnergies announced the contract extension, until the end of 2024, with Alexis Vuillermoz. Vuillermoz has been with the French team since last year and returned to success in 2022 by winning a stage at the Tour of Dauphiné.
The Belgian Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl has announced their first signings, all confirming recent rumours. One of the stronger sprinter around, the Belgian Tim Merlier (29) will join from Alpecin and signed for 3 years, Danish Casper Pedersen (26) signed as well but for 2 seasons. Pedersen, currently with Team DSM, will also be an important an important asset and Michael Morkov heir as the last outman during bunch sprints. Finally has been also confirmed the arrival from Intermarché of Jan Hirt, who signed for 2 years. After a good season and an excellent Giro d’Italia , the 31 year old Czech rider could be the perfect match with Remco Evenepoel and play a fundamental role in his development as a Grand Tour specialist.
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert announces two more signings for the 2023 season: Tom Paquot and Laurenz Rex. Both 22-year-olds, the two young Belgians both come from Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB and will join the team on 1 January. after signing a two years contract. Still with no victories as pro riders, both have obtained several placing, Paquot finished third at the Tour du Doubs and the first stage of last year’s Tour du Limousin, while Rex had some good results in the north Classics.
Ineos Grenadiers today made official the signing for 3 seasons of Joshua Tarling, an 18-year-old talent who will therefore make the leap directly from the junior category to the WorldTour. Welshman like Geraint Thomas, he comes from the track, a discipline in which he won two European titles last year and three bronze medals this year, in addition to several national titles and podiums. He has also already made a name for himself on the road, taking second place in his category last year at the national and world time trial championships, a speciality in which he has since gone undefeated this season. Darling full profile here
INEOS Grenadiers have announced that Filippo Ganna has signed a new contract for a further 4 years to stay with the team until the end of 2027.
UAE Team Emirates extended the contracts with 33 year old Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen, 33 year old Italian Matteo Trentin and the 25 year old Portuguese twins Rui Oliveira and Ivo Oliveira. All signed for an extra year up to the end of the 2023 season.
According to VeloNews, European U23 champion, the 21 year old German, Felix Engelhardt (Tirol KTM Cycling Team) will move to BikeExchange-Jayco next year.
Chris Harper has signed a two-year contract with Team BikeExchange-Jayco (see also 1 August). The Australian rider will leave Jumbo-Visma at the end of the year. The 27-year-old will bring his experience to the team where he has established himself as a reference in the Grand Tours, and will make himself available to his team leader Simon Yates.
18 year old Belgian Vlad Van Mechelen (Cannibal Team) stated that he has signed an agreement with an unspecified WorldTour team development squad.
According to Sykkelmagasinet, Uno-X is ready to sign the 27 year old Danish rider Louis Bendixen (Team Coop), fifth at the last national championships.
Next season, the 24 year old Frenchman Jason Tesson will move to TotalEnergies from St. Michel – Auber93. Tesson, with so far two victories in 2022), has signed a two-year contract that will bind him to his new team until the end of 2024. The same Franch team also announced the renewal until 2024 of Belgian Dries Van Gestel, this year’s winner of the Ronde van Drenthe and third at Ghent-Wevelgem.
In 2023, Nicola Conci will ride for Alpecin – Deceuninck after signing for one year with the Belgian team. Since 14 June, Conci has been riding for Alpecin Development Team, after the difficulties of the first part of the season ruined by the forced closure of Gazprom – Rusvelo. This year, the 25 year old Italian had some good results with several several top 10 placing at the Tour of Slovenia and the Giro di Sicilia.
Alpecin – Deceuninck has announced the following new signings from 2023 and onwards: Søren Kragh Andersen (27 Danish previously with Team DSM),winner of a Paris Tours (2018) and 2 stages at the Tour de France, signed until 2024; Quinten Hermans (27 Belgian not at Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), runner up on this year Liège-Bastogne-Liège, who signed until 2025; Kaden Groves (23 Australian Team BikeExchange – Jayco) until the 2024 and Jensen Plowright (22 Australian previously with Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ) until 2025.
Anthony Turgis has renew with TotalEnergies. The French team has announced today that the French vice-champion and runner-up at the last Milano-Sanremo has renewed his contract until the end of the 2025 season.
According to reports in Het Nieuwsblad, despite interest from Alpecin-Deceuninck and Israel-Premier Tech, the 25 year old Belgian Robbe Ghys (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) is close to sign with Team DSM for the next season.
Groupama – FDJ has announces eight new arrivals for next year. After the already confirmed arrival of Paul Penhoët (see 1 June), the French team also made official seven names from their strong development team: Lorenzo Germani, Romain Grégoire, Lenny Martinez, Enzo Paleni, Laurence Pithie, Reuben Thompson and Sam Watson. All very talented and between 19 and 21 year of age, have signed a two year agreement with the Team.
Former French champion Anthony Roux will no longer be in the peloton in 2023. The 35-year-old, who has spent his entire career in the Groupama-FDJ jersey, winning 15 times in addition to his national title, has announced to Le Républicain Lorraine that he intends to hang up his bike at the end of the season. He will carry on dedicating himself to triathlons and Ironman. Roux full profile here.
Human Power Health has has announced that the 26-year-old Briton Paul Double has signed a contract with the US team for the next two seasons. Double, who has been with the Italian Continental team Mg.K Vis-Color for Peace-VPM since last year have obtained several placing during the season finishing sixth at this year’s Giro dell’Appennino, ninth at the Adriatica Ionica Race and seventh at the Tour of Slovenia. The Briton has also been included in the squad as a staigiere for the rest of the current season.
Rui Costa will leave UAE Team Emirates at the end of the season. The 2013 world champion from Florence has signed a contract for 2023 with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (see also 31 July). The 35-year-old Portuguese rider has won 27 times in his career. Costa full profile here.
The French team Arkéa-Samsic has announced that it has signed Clément Champoussin for the next season. Currently with Ag2r Citroën, the 24 year old Frenchman will support Nairo Quintana, learning from him to develop his skills to became a GC man in the future years. “Emmanuel Hubert presented me with a good career plan,’ he explained immediately after signing.
In an interview with Berry Republicain Marc Sarreau,, who is due to expire with Ag2r Citroën, confessed that he has not extended his contract with his team and currently he does not have any agreements with other teams for next year.
Ag2r Citroën has formalised the contract extension for Dorian Godon. The 26 year old French rider, who already had a contract expiring in 2024, has had several good results in the last two years, and will stay with Vincent Lavenu’s team until the end of 2025. A second announcement from the team concerns the arrival of Alex Baudin (also 20 Jul). The 21-year-old from Albertville, this year, raced with the Swiss Tudor Pro Cycling managed by Fabian Cancellara. In 2022, he has been able to achieve some outstanding results such as stage successes at the Giro della Valle D’Aosta, Tour de Bretagne and Istrian Spring Trophy. Baudin signed for two years.
After many rumours, Intermarché – WantyGobert has announced the signing of Mike Teunissen for the next season. Currently riding for Team Jumbo – Visma, the 29 year old has agreed a two years contract, will help the new Eritrean talent Binian Girmay and will look after his own ambitions in the classics and sprints.
It is now official and Leo Hayter, the recent winner at Giro d’Italia U23, is joining Ineos Grenadiers from the 1st Aug as a trainee and then after the stagiarie period he will stay with the British WTT team at least until of the the 2025 season (see also 27 July)
The Irish rider Eddie Dunbar, winner of the general classification of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and the Giro d’Ungheria in 2022, will leave at the end of the season INEOS Grenadiers (see also 24 Jul). In fact, Dunbar (25) has signed a three-year contract with Bike Exchange-Jayco.The Australian team, managed by Brent Copeland, had recently announced the contract extension of Simon Yates and Michael Matthews.
According to WielerFlits, the 27-year-old Australian Chris Harper, who joined Jumbo-Visma in 2020, has attract the interest of team Bike Exchange-Jayco. This season the Australian was supposed to race the Giro d’Italia, but had to forgo it due to Covid.
According to WielerFlits, Jacopo Guarneri‘s move to the Belgian formation Lotto-Dstny has been finalised. The 35 old rider from Cremona, who has been defending the colours of Groupama-FDJ since 2017, was acting as the outman for Arnaud Demare’s sprints. Guarnieri was on Caleb Ewan’s wish list for a long time and the Australian needs to strengthen his ‘working group’ in terms of sprints. Ewan after an excellent start to the season, missed the appointment with victory both at the Giro d’Italia 2022 and at the recent Tour de France.
Confirming rumours that have emerged in recent months, Uno-X Pro Cycling has signed Alexander Kristoff for 2023. After 14 years, Kristoff will return to racing for a home team. The 35-year-old Norwegian, who will be leaving Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert at the end of the year, has won 84 victories in his career, among which the 2014 Milan-San Remo, the 2015 Tour of Flanders, the 2019 Ghent-Wevelgem and four stages at the Tour de France.
Louis Barré signs with immediate effect with Team Arkéa Samsic. The 22-year-old French rider will soon discover the professional level. Louis Barré is a member of the continental team Team U Nantes Atlantique and will join the Arkéa-Samsic team from 1 August.
Effective from today, Jefferson Alexander Cepeda is a new EF Education – EasyPost rider. The cyclist from Ecuador leave Gianni Savio’s Drone-Hopper Androni with immediate effect and signed with the USA team until the end of 2024.
According to Quibicisport.it, the UAE Emirates team plans to let Rui Costa go at the end of the season The 35-year-old Portuguese seems to be projected towards Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. In Valerio Piva’s team, the Portuguese, a former world champion, will be at the service of Biniam Girmay, the rising star of African cycling. Situation
Mikaël Cherel has renewed with Ag2r Citroën. The 36 years old French rider had its contract extended for the 2023 season.
According to VeloNews, the British rider Stephen Williams (26) will leave Bahrain Victorious at the end of the year choosing from one of the many offers received. Williams won this year the first stage of Tour de Suisse.
According to Daniel Benson (Velonews), Andrey Amador (35) did not raced in any Grand Tour in the last two years and he is likely to leave Ineos Grenadiers at the end of the year. His former team Movistar have denied interest in the Costa Rica rider and he has been linked for a move to EF Education-Post.
According to VeloNews, Fernando Gaviria is also in the process of changing teams, while his teammates Matteo Trentin and Diego Ulissi are ready to renew with UAE Team Emirates. According to the same source, also Felix Grossschartner and Bora-hansgrohe will depart at the end of the season.
According to Tuttobiciweb, Luis Leon Sanchez is set to return to Astana Qaazaqstan leaving Bahrain Victorious at the end of the season even if he has a contract ending in 2023.
From Switzerland two new Professional Team are expected to be ready for next season. Fabian Cancellara’s Tudor Pro Cycling Team and the new team of Douglas Ryder, ready to return after the Team Qhubeka affair.
According to Le Télégramme, Arkéa-Samsic team is very interested in signing Dutch rider David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma). Dekker (24), who had so far a disappointing season, is a good sprinter and was twice stage runner-up in the UAE Tour last year. He is the son of Erik Dekker (51), winner of 44 professional races (including four stages of the Tour de France, Amstel Gold Race, Paris-Tours and Tirreno-Adriatico)
According to Radsport-news, Rainer Kepplinger, currently riding for the Austrian Continental Team Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang, will join Bahrain Victorious for three years from the start of the 2023 season. The 24-year-old attracted attention this year with the overall victory in the Tour of Upper Austria (2.2).
Leo Hayter, the recent winner at Giro d’Italia U23 (dominated with also two stage wins) is ready to join Ineos Grenadiers from the 1st Aug as a trainee. Currently with Hagens Berman Axeon, the 20 year old Hayter will find in the team his brother Ethan. According to VeloNews, the rider, who will race the Tour of Alsace and then the Tour de l’Avenir 2022, after the stagiarie period with the British World Tour Team will stay with them at least until of the the 2025 season.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio (Gazzetta.it), Andrea Piccolo, now with Drone-Hopper Androni Giocattoli, could soon join the WT team EF Education – EasyPost. Scognamiglio pointed out that for the 21 year old Italian there is the possibility of a mid-season transfer from 1 August 2022. A few weeks ago, Piccolo was forth at the Italian National Championship.
According to Daniel Benson (Velonews), Casper Pedersen will leave Team DSM at the end of the season and, interviewed by the magazine, Patrick Lefevere have confirmed that he will be interested in signing the 26 year old Dane winner of the Paris Tour 2020. Also the 33 year old Dutch Ramon Sinkeldam (Groupama – FDJ) seems to be in the frame of the Lefevere’s (see 21 May) team that will be named Soudal Quick-Step in 2023.
According to WielerFlit.nl, Mike Teunissen will leave Jumbo-Visma at the end of the season. The 29-year-old classics specialist from Limburger have chosen to accept an offer from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and is currently finalising the agreement. Teunissen in 2019 he won the first stage in the Tour de France wearing the maillot jaune. With Aike Visbeek’s team, in addition to support Biniam Girmay, he will have his own chance in the spring and autumn classics suitable of his characteristics. At Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, Teunissen will meet former teammate Taco van der Hoorn, among others. The Limburger rode six years with Jumbo-Visma and in between two seasons with Team Sunweb.
According to Daniel Benson (Velonews), British 20 year old Thomas Gloag set for Jumbo-Visma in 2023 on a multiple-year contract. Now riding for Andrew McQuaid’s Trinity Racing, Gloat attended Ineos Grenadiers camps last winter, but the Dutch team persuaded him to join the black and yellow squad. Gloag has won a tough stage ending in Plateau de Beille during the 2021 Ronde de l’Isard finishing third overall and was fourth overall in the Giro d’Italia U23. In 2022, Gloat was third at Flèche Ardennaise and was twice in the top-10s at the mountainous Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta-Mont Blanc.
According WielerFlit.nl, Jumbo-Visma has closed an agreement with Attila Valter currently riding for Groupama-FDJ. The 24 year Hungarian climber, should join the Dutch Team the next season together with Dylan van Baarle, Jan Tratnik and Wilco Kelderman, given by several sources as done deals.
According to several rumours, Edward Dunbar is on his way to BikeExchange-Jayco, together with one his team leader Adam Yates. Earlier this year the Irish rider was linked to Jumbo-Visma and to extend with Ineos Grenadiers but apparently those negotiations came to nothing.
BikeExchange-Jayco has announced the contract extension for a further next three years with Michael Matthews. The Australian rider is the recent stage at the 2022 Tour de France and will stay with the team at least until the end of 2025.
The Australian team BikeExchange-Jayco has announced the signing for the next two years of two young Australian riders, Blake Quick (20) and Rudy Porter (21) both arriving from Trinity Racing. The Australian U23 champion Quick is a sprinter that has obtained several good placings in the last few years and Porter has proven to be a good climber finishing second at the Course de la Paix and fourth at the Alpes Isère Tour. They will turn professional with the team managed by Brent Copeland from 1 January 2023 at least until the end of 2024.
Two Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux riders will end their professional career at the end of the season . The 35-year-old rider Dimitri Claeys has announced that he will retire at the end of 2022. The Belgian, a double Belgian U23 champion and twice in the top 10 at the Tour de Flanders, shore several victories (full profile here) and will remain connected to the World Team as he will become sports director within the team. A trajectory similar to the one of his team-mate Kévin van Melsen, also 35, who will take care of the development team in the Continental category. Van Melsen won the 4 Jours de Dunkerque in 2018 and finished 6th in the Tour of Flanders in 2020.
As widely expected, Simon Yates has extended with Team BikeExchange until the end of 2024.
Het Nieuwsblad has reported, that Lotto-Dstny is trying to sign Pascal Eenkhoorn. The 25-year-old Dutch champion also has an offer to renew with his current team Jumbo-Visma and offers by other teams, such as Alpecin-Deceuninck. After all, Eenkhoorn, a good friend of Mathieu van der Poel, was part of the Roodhooft brothers’ training team as a youngster.
According to several sources, Trek-Segafredo in a good position to sign Stefan Küng for the next season. Groupama-FDJ seems no longer to be attractive to the Swiss rider, who could therefore break his contract, currently binding him until the end of 2023, with the team led by Marc Madiot a year early. Other market rumours (see also 19 & 10 July), are linking Küng to UAE Team Emirates, Bora-hansgrohe and more recently to Team DSM.
The 27 year old Dutch sprinter Cees Bol is ready to leave Team DSM at the end of the year. They were in negotiations but couldn’t agree on terms. And according to WielerFlits.nl may be joining next year B&B Hotels-KTM. According to the website, the agreement is a done deal and although he had an offer from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, Bol chose the new project of B&B Hotels-KTM.
According to Le Dauphiné, the 21-year-old Frenchman Alex Baudin will join Ag2r Citroen at the start of 2023. Baudin now wears the colours of Swiss Continental team Tudor Pro Cycling and recently won stage 3 at the Giro della Valle d’Aosta 2022.
Nieuwsblad.be has reported that, Dylan Teuns has confirmed that he is ready for a new experience. The 30-year-old Teuns would not stay with Bahrain-Victorious and yesterday he confirmed that he has a verbal agreement with a new team. Teuns has not disclosed the name of that team, but all indications are that he’s heading to Rik Verbrugghe’s Israel-Premier Tech. Moreover, Teuns will also find in the team, David Bailey, the trainer with whom he previously worked at BMC.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio from Gazzetta.it (see also 10 July), Stefan Kung, now with GroupamaFDJ is under the radar of TeamEmiratesUAE and of BORAhansgrohe. The Swiss is the European Time Trial champion and is currently under contract until 2023 with his current French Team.
Team DSM have announced the contract extensions and renewals of several of their Tour de France squad; with Nils Eekhoff, Chris Hamilton, Martijn Tusveld and Kevin Vermaerke all continuing their journey with the team. Hamilton and Vermaerke will ride in the team’s colours until at least the end of 2025, while Eekhoff and Tusveld through the 2024 season.
WielerFlits has reported that, the French department store chain Carrefour will become the first name sponsor of the current B&B Hotels-KTM from 2023. This will also involve a substantial budget increase and the team of manager Jérôme Pineau should be able to count on a budget between 15 and 20 million euros. B&B Hotels-KTM made its debut in the pro peloton in 2018 as Vital Concept and a year later, the hotel chain B&B Hotels also stepped in. Riders like Mark Cavendish, Dylan Teuns, Michael Matthews and Alexis Vuillermoz are supposed to be on the wish list.
According to WielerFlits, Wilco Kelderman will ride from next season with Jumbo-Visma after agreeing a 3 year contract with the Dutch team. The 31-year-old Wilco Kelderman sees a return to his ‘old nest’ as an option. He made his debut as a pro in 2012 with this team, then still under the flag of Rabobank. After 2016 he left for Team Sunweb.
Luca Mozzato signs three-year extension with B&B HOTELS – KTM. The 24 year old Italian sprinter will be with the French Team until at least the end of 2025. The Venetian rider has obtained several placing in the first part of the season and so far 3 top 10 during the current Tour de France.
VeloNews have contacted EF Education-EasyPost Team Manager Jonathan Vaughters, who confirmed their interest in Mark Cavendish. The 37 year old British sprinter will leave QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl at the end of the season and has also been approached by Israel-Premier Tech and Ineos Grenadiers.
The 24 year old Spanish Urko Berrade and the promising 21 year old Czech Vojtěch Řepa, 5th this year in the GC at the Tour of Slovenia, have extended their contract with Equipo Kern Pharma until the end of 2024.
As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, after approaching Arjen Livyns, the Belgian team Lotto-Dstny is very close to sign another rider from Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. The 26-year-old Dutchman Mathijs Paasschens is almost certain to be joining the team managed by John Lelangue.
The 19 year old Frenchman Ewen Costiou ,a puncheur with great qualities, after the staigiaries experience in 2022 (from 1Aug22) will then join Arkéa-Samsic on 1 January 2023 and signed until the end of 2025 season.
Mark Cavendish will have to find a new team for 2023. The British rider would like to continue racing for one of two seasons, but in the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl the door seems to be closed for him. The sprinter from the Isle of Man had already been disappointed with his exclusion from the Tour de France selection, where he had hoped to overtake Eddy Merckx as the most stage victories at the Grande Boucle. In an interview at La Gazzetta dello Sport, the team manager Patrick Lefevere revealed that the British rider is out of the team future projects.
Three riders have renewed with Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux. Boy Van Poppel, Simone Petilli and Loïc Vliegen will ride with the Belgian Team at least until the end of the 2023 season.
Today, in a press conference at the Tour de France, Patrick Lefevere has announced that for the next five years is team will be called Soudal – Quick Step. During the press conference the jersey for the 2023 season was also presented.
The 29 year old Guillaume Martin has extended his contract for 2 years with Cofidis, the team he joined in 2020. Cofidis announcement follows Martin withdrawal from the Tour de France due to Covid-19, proving Thierry Vittu and Cédric Vasseur (the teams manager) confidence in him. The rider from Normandy has obtained so far 7 victories and has already proven his consistency in the major Tours finishing as the best French rider in the last two Tours de France (11th in 2020, 8th in 2021) and in the 2021 Tour of Spain (9th). In 2020, he also won the polka dot jersey of best climber in the Vuelta.
Lotto have announced the renewals for two seasons of two young athletes: 24-year-old Sylvain Moniquet and 23-year-old Sebastien Grignard will wear the jersey of the Belgian team until 2024.
L’Équipe has reported that the 28 year old Stefan Küng wants to leave Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season although he is still under contract for 2023. According to the report, the Swiss rider has had some disagreement with his the team management and he would be in favour of an early departure at the end of the season, even he still has a year left on his contract with the team led by Marc Madiot.
Lotto Soudal (next year Lotto-Dstny) and 24 year old Andreas Kron will stay together for another two years. The Danish rider will remain with John Lelangue’s team at least until the end of the 2024 season after signing a new two-year agreement.
According to L’Equipe, the climber Clément Champoussin, currently riding with AG2R Citroën Team and winner of a stage at the Vuelta 2021, is ready to sign a two-year contract with Arkéa-Samsic.
According to Het Nieuwsblad, Steff Cras is heading to France and he should leave Lotto Soudal at the end of the season to join TotalEnergies.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio from la Gazzetta.it, Andrea Pasqualon, now with IntermarcheWG, could leave at the end of 2022. Bahrain-Victorious is interested in him.
Wielerfits.be has reported that Team DSM has extended the contract of Martijn Tusveld for two years. The rider from Utrecht is currently competing in the Tour de France after having performed well in the Giro d’Italia earlier this season. Tusveld would also like to start in the Vuelta a España this season which begins in ‘his’ Utrecht on 19 August. The 28-year-old Tusveld is one of the better Dutch climbers and is one of the most valuable riders in his team Team DSM on the hilly terrain. After making his professional debut at Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij in 2017, he transferred to Team Sunweb a year later. Since then he has remained loyal to the team of Iwan Spekenbrink. The Dutch rider impressed the team management during the Giro d’Italia and his team has decided to extend his contract until the end of 2024.
The talented Belgian Arnaud De Lie signed a contract extension for one more year with Lotto Dstny. The 20 year old sprinter won this year 6 races and will be with the Lotto team at least until the end of 2024.
According to Wielerflits, Lotto Dstny is very interested in the 27 year old Belgian rider Arjen Livyns, currently with Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces WB.
The 26 year old Dane Mads Pedersen has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo until the end of the 2025 season.
The 35 year old Thomas De Gendt has extended his contract with Lotto Soudal (from next year Lotto-Dstny) for two more seasons. The Belgian, famous for his spectacular breakaways, has won stages in all 3 Grand Tours and will stay with the Lotto Team until the end of 2024.
The 33 year old Spaniard Ion Izagirre has extended with Codifis until the end of the 2024 season.
The Dutch team Jumbo – Visma have officially announced the contract extension for Tiesj Benoot and Nathan Van Hooydonck. Benoot signed until the end of 2025 and Van Hooydonck until the end of 2024.
Eric Mas has extended his contract with Movistar Team until the end of the 2025 season.
According to Ciro Scognamiglio (Gazzatta.it), Filippo Zana, the new italian champion (Bardiani CSF), will join the WorldTour in 2023. Zana should be signing a 2 years deal, with an option for a third one, with Team Bike Exchange (GreenEDGE team).
Team TotalEnergies has announced the signing of Emelien Jeanniére and Thomas Bonnet. Both born in 1998, the two come from the Vendée U and will join the new team from January 2023, signing their first professional contract that will be valid until the end of 2024.
The 22 year old Riccardo Ciuccarelli (Biesse-Carrera) will be a Drone Hopper- Androni Giocattoli rider from next season. The Italian has signed a two year contract with Gianni Savio team.
The 25 year old French climber David Gaudu has extended his contract with Groupama-Fdj until 2025.
At the end of the 2022 season, Søren Kragh Andersen will leave Team DSM. According to VeloNews, both the Danish rider and his current team have decided not to enter negotiations over a new contract. “While we are busy strengthening our team for next season, at the end of the year we can confirm that we will go our separate ways with Søren Kragh Andersen,” the team told to VeloNews. Kragh Andersen, 27, has been one of the team’s most consistent performers in recent years winning two stages of the Tour de France in 2020 and winning stages in both Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse. He has not won a race in 2022 but took top-10 finishes in both Gent-Wevelgem and Milan-San Remo earlier in the spring. Alpecin-Deceuninck will probably be his destination for the 2023 season.
After his success at the Giro d’Italia U23, there is a queue to sign Leo Hayter (Hagens Berman Axeon) . The young British talent, younger brother of Ethan, seems set to make the jump into the pro ranks in 2023, as he himself admitted in recent days, but which team he will sign for is still an open question. According to VeloNews, in fact, as many as ten WorldTour teams have shown interest in the 2001-born Hayter, but four of them have the best chance of securing the Hagens Berman Axeon rider: Ineos Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma, Bora-hansgrohe and UAE Team Emirates. Most likely, Hayter and his entourage will make a final decision in the coming weeks, which in any case should come before the Tour de l’Avenir next August.
Nathan Van Hooydonck have announced in an interview with the Belgian media De Morgen that he will ride with his current team, Team Jumbo – Visma, until at least 2024.
Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta delle Sport suggested that Domen Novak may leave Bahrain Victorious to join UAE Team Emirates, a team in which he would play a supporting role to compatriot Tadej Pogacar.
UAE Team Emirates announced on Wednesday that their 23-year-old French rider Alexys Brunel has decided to terminate his contract early and quit professional road cycling. Brunel also made an announcement on his Instagram page, writing, “After a long reflection and multiple questions, it is time for me to announce that I am retiring from the world of professional [cycling].” He ended the post stating, “We meet again for new adventures with this weekend my participation in the Ironman 70.3 in Nice.”
Contracts extensions for the German team BORA – hansgrohe. German Lennard Kämna and Austrian Patrick Gamper signed until the end of 2023 and the other German Ben Zwiehoff until 2024.
According to Norwegian broadcaster TV 2, Uno-X has offered a three-year contract to Alexander Kristoff. The Norwegian professional team is therefore aiming to bring back to Norway the Oslo cyclist, currently under contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Kristoff rode in his home country until 2009, with his last season with Joker-Bianchi, before joining BMC. Interviewed by TV 2, Kristoff confirmed that he also has a good renewal offer from Intermarché on his plate.
According to VeloNews, Richard Carapaz is very close to moving to EF Education – EasyPost next season. Only a few days ago rumours were suggesting a clear interest of Movistar, as well as the Ineos Grenadiers ‘s desire to confirm him. Now the Olympic champion is close to an agreement with the US team managed by Jonathan Vaughters and apparently only the official signing of the Ecuadorian rider is missing. Caracas is expected to sign for at least a two-year contract. Winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and since then also on the podium of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the runner-up of the last edition of the Corsa Rosa would have chosen this solution in order to have more freedom of choice in the grand tours.
The 19 year old Czech Pavel Bittner and the 20 year old Dutch sprinter Casper van Uden have been promoted from Development Team DSM and will join the WorldTeam Team DSM from 1 August. Both have signed until the end of the 2024 season. Bitter full profile here and Van Uden full profile here.
According to Het Nieuwsblad, the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert is very active on the Cycling Market, and is planning to further reinforce the team for the 2023 season. The Belgian newspaper has stated that there are two riders in the Belgian team’s sights at the moment: Lilian Calmejane, whose contract with Ag2r Citroen is expiring, and Laurenz Rex, 22 years old of Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB. Both are in discussion with the team led by Jean-François Bourlart and Hilaire Van der Schueren.
According to Weilerflits.nl, Elmar Reinders will join for the next two seasons BikeExchange-Jayco. The 30 year old Dutchman from Riwal in Denmark is having a strong season at Continental level with 5 wins already on his basket: the Visit Fryslân Elfstedenrace, the Arno Wallaard Memorial and stages in the Tour de Bretagne, Circuit des Ardennes and Olympia’s Tour.
According to Weilerflits.be, 23-year-old Australian Kaden Groves is on his way to Alpecin-Deceuninck. After the possible departure of Tim Merlier (see 18May), the Roodhooft brothers need to reinforce their sprinters options. This year, Groves won two stages, one in the Tour of Turkey and the other in the Volta a Catalonia. In addition, he also obtained several placing including second place in stages at the Tour of Oman and Tirreno Adriatico (twice third). Groves is currently riding for Team BikeExchange and is considered a talented young sprinter. At Alpecin, Groves is expected to replace Tim Merlier, who should move to Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, next season Tim Wellens will continue his career at UAE Emirates as it looks as this team is in pole position to acquire the Belgian rider from Lotto Soudal. Wellens’ contract with Lotto Soudal expires at the end of this season. The WorldTeam does not yet want to confirm the arrival of Wellens since according to the rules of the UCI, transfers can only be announced from August 1st. Team manager Matxin already called him a ‘super super rider’. At the Emirates team, he will mainly be deployed as their leader for the classics.
American pro Ben King will retire at the end of the season after a 15-year long career. The 33-year-old King spent 10 years in the WorldTour, riding for RadioShack, and Jonathan Vaughters’ Garmin-Sharp outfit before four years at Dimension Data, with whom he won two stages of the Vuelta a España. For the past two years, King has raced for Human Powered Health, previously called Rally Cycling, and has now decided to call it a day at the end of 2022.
The winner of this year Saudi Tour, the 22 year old Belgian Maxim Van Gils, has extended with Lotto- Dstny until the end of 2024.
Thibau Nys, son of Sven Nys the cyclocross champion, will join Trek-Segafredo as a stagiaire from 1 August 2022 and then from the beginning of 2023 on a two-year contract. The 19-year-old Belgian talent will combine his road racing commitment with his current cyclocross programme continue to wear the Baloise Trek Lions jersey. The Belgian has already won the European U23 Road Championships 2021 in front of Filippo Baroncini, who became world champion in Leuven with Nys finished sixth.
The Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. The 31-year-old made the official announcement on his own social media channels, ending the speculation around his future. Dumoulin full profile here
…. and his message
“Dear cyclingfans, dear all,
I decided that 2022 will be my last year as a professional cyclist. In 2020 I had a very difficult year and at the end of that year I got overtrained and burned out. At the end of 2020, beginning of 2021 l was only a shadow of myself and thus I decided at the time to take a break away from cycling and to think about my future. After a while I decided to continue my cycling career. On the one hand because the Olympic Games in Tokyo were already on my mind for 5 years and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. But on the other hand definitely also because of my love for the bike and the passion that I have for this special cycling world. The world that astonishes me so often, but just as often makes me feel at home. Since that autumn in 2020, I occasionally was still able to show my abilities on the bike. Last year’s silver medal being the absolute highlight. I’m really proud of that performance. But despite how good it occasionally still was: many times, and especially this year, it has been a frustrating path, at which my body felt tired and still does feel tired. As soon as the load in training or races gets higher, I suffer from fatigue, aches and injuries instead of improving. The effort in training did often not lead to the desired performances. For a while now there has been a disbalance between my 100% dedication, everything I do and sacrifice for my sport and what I subsequently get out of it in return. With a lot of patience and a very cautious (training) approach, I’m convinced that I could get back to my full potential on the bike. But that would be a long and patient road, with no guaranties on success. I choose not to take that road, but to quit my active cycling instead and to take a new and unknown path. The team and I are now going to make plan to make the most out of the last months. Last months with hopefully still a lot of joy and success. I especially look forward to the World Championships in Australia where I hope to get the best out of myself in the time trial one last time. I don’t know yet what want to do after my active cycling career, and I also don’t really want to know at this moment. But I do know that my love for the bike will always keep me connected to the world of cycling one way or another. I’m very curious what the future will hold for me. I feel happy and grateful and I now already look back on my career with a lot of pride. Last but not least, I want to thank everyone who has been there with me on this amazing adventure! To thank everyone who helped me with it and who shared the special moments with me. I want to thank my teammates, sports directors, soignies, mechanics, supporting staff and sponsors who have been there for me over the past years. A special thank you also to all the cycling fans who cheered me on and supported me through thick and thin. Cycling required my blood, sweat and tears at times, but mostly it was beautiful and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it for the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
According to Tuttobiciweb.it, the 28 years old Matteo Malucelli, one of the Gazprom Rusvelo athletes left without a contract, may join Patrick Lefevere’s Quick-Step next year. The Italian from Forlì started the season more than well, winning 2 races, the 1st stage at the Tour of Antalya and then the 1st stage at Giro di Sicilia. Malucelli is currently searching for a temporary solution and rumours are linking him to the Israel Cycling Academy Team. Also one of the protagonists of the last Giro d’Italia, 31-year-old Czech Jan Hirt, winner of the Aprica stage and 6th in the general classification, could join Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl.
From the Conti to the the WorldTour team, Paul Penhoët has signed a contract with Groupama FDJ until the end of 2024. The 20 year old cyclist is a talented sprinter and he is considered the successor of Arnaud Demare. Penhoët will join the team from 1 Aug 22. Penhoët full profile here.
Israel – Premier Tech’s (IPT) have announced the signing of Mason Hollyman for its 2023 roster with a two-year contract. The 21-year-old British cyclist joined the development team, Israel Cycling Academy (ICA), in 2021, proving his qualities winning a stage at Volta a Portugal 2021 and this year, he had excellent results with a 4th place in Trofea Piva and a 5th in the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Hollyman is the third ICA rider IPT is welcoming to the WorldTour team, alongside Canadian Derek Gee and Italian Marco Frigo.
35 year old Bauke Mollema has extended with Trek-Segafredo until the end of 2026. The Dutch rider will therefore probably end his professional carrier with the USA team.
Team Bahrain Victorious have announced the signing of Matevž Govecar (Tirol KTM Cycling Team) for this 2022 season from 1June and the 22 year Slovenian rider will be with the team until of the 2024 season.
As reported by CyclismeActu, Patrick Lefevere’s Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is interested in Dutchman Ramon Sinkeldam. The 33 year old sprinter has an expiring his contract with Groupama – FDJ and could go to play an important role to support the leading sprinters of the Belgian team.
Davide Rebellin (Work Service-Marchiol-Vega) has confirmed to Cycling Digest that he will retire at the end of the season. He is currently training after the serious accident at the end of last season and is planning to return to the Giro dell’Appennino at the beginning of June.
At Intermarché – WantyGobert, the negotiation for the renewal of Quinten Hermans, runner-up at the last Liège-Bastogne-Liège, seem almost concluded, as stated by team manager Jean Francois Bourlat to HLN.
According to Weilerflits.be, Tim Merlier (29) is about to sign a contract with Soudal – Quick-Step, the successor to Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl. It appears that the deal is done with a verbal agreement for two years in place. Lefevere even courted Merlier through the media in recent weeks.
According to a report by Ciro Scognamiglio, a journalist for Gazzetta dello Sport, the promising Natnael Tesfatsion could make the leap into the WorldTour category next year. The 22-year-old from Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli has his contract expiring at the end of the season, and among the teams most interested in his recruitment there is Trek-Segafredo. Winner this year of the Tour du Rwanda and often in evidence at the Tour of the Alps, the young Eritrean talent has been militating since last year in the team directed by Gianni Savio.
Team DSM have announced today the contract extensions of Romain Bardet. Bardet has reinvigorated his carrier since joining the team winning a stage at Vuelta 21 and this year Tour of the Alps. During his career he also won 3 stages at the Tour de France where he also was 2 and 3 in the General Classification (in 2016 and 2017). The 31 year old French has signed up to the end of 2024.
Info @Gazzetta_it – “Around stage 6 of @giroditalia we heard that there is a strong interest of Movistar Team to sign Carlos Rodriguez. The young talented spaniard (21 years old) has a contract with @INEOSGrenadiers till 2023.”
The 30 year old Belgian Jasper Stuyven has extended with Trek Segafredo untile the end of 2025.
According to VeloNews, the 22 year old Thymen Arensman has agreed a two year deal with Ineos Grenadiers and at the end of the season will leave Team DSM after three years. Arensman signed for Team DSM (called Team Sunweb at the time) on 1 Jul 20 from the U23 SEG Racing Academy. This year 3rd on the Tour of the Alps and 6th on the Tirreno Adriatico, at the U23 level, Arensman was third on the Paris-Roubaix in 2018, and was in second place behind Tadej Pogačar at the 2018 Tour de l’Avenir. “We would really have liked to have kept Thymen in the team, we did everything that we could but unfortunately he has apparently received an offer that he could not refuse. Thymen is a talented rider and he will always be welcome back here,” a spokesperson from the team told VeloNews.
Eddie Dunbar has an expiring contract with INEOS Grenadiers, but can count on the interest of several teams. Yesterday it already came out that BikeExchange-Jayco would like to bring the Irishman in, Het Nieuwsblad now reports that Jumbo-Visma is also hunting for his signature. Dunbar has been riding for INEOS Grenadiers since September 2018. This year, the 25-year-old rider won the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. It was his first professional victory. In the under-18s he won the Tour of Flanders in 2017.
At 37, Vincenzo Nibali, the Shark of the Strait, will retire at the end of the season. He was the last of the romantics in a cycling world dominated by watts and tactics. In his career he conquered all Grand Tours: Tour de France (2014), Giro d’Italia (2013, 2016) and Vuelta a Espana (2010) and Monument Classics, the Lombardia (2015, 2017) and the Milano-Sanremo (2018), without ever sparing himself, achieving epic feats in the snow, on cobblestones, after steep descents on the lake or along roads overlooking the sea. The announce took place at the end of today stage of the Giro d’Italia in his hometown of Messina. Nibali full profile here
Info from Gazzetta, at giroditalia they heard that BikeExchange for 2023 has Adam Yates and Eddie Dunbar (both with INEOSGrenadiers) under its radar. The team wants also to renew contract with Simon Yates (ending at the end of this season).
According Wielerflits, also INEOS Grenadiers is very interested in signing the Dutch rider Thymen Arensman (see also 4 May)
According to Gazzetta dello Sport Ciro Scognamiglio, yesterday in first rest of Giro d’ Italia several sources confirmed that the move for 2023 of Dylan Van Baarle from INEOSGrenadiers to JumboVisma can be considered very likely. The dutch won last Paris_Roubaix.
More rumours from Giro d’Italia with Richard Carapaz (Ineos) also wanted back by Movistar and the Belgium rider Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto) among the desire of Cofidis.
In an interview to Wielerflits, Jumbo – Visma the team manager Merijn Zeeman has confirmed the desire to sign the rider Thymen Arensman who has a contract with Team DSM expiring at the end of the season. The 22 years old Dutch young talent in a few days will make his debut for the first time in his career at the Giro d’Italia and he had a great start in this season and he was 6th in the Tirreno Adriatico General Classification and 3rd in the Tour of the Alps GC. Jumbo-Visma is pushing hard on the cycle market for the coming season and only a few days ago made a three-year offer to Dylan Van Baarle, the winner of the last Paris-Roubaix.
Carlos Barbero and Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg (both from the collapsed Qhubeka) have signed with Lotto Soudal and from today they are officially Lotto riders until the end of the 2022 season.
The Belgian team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert has announced the extension of its contract with Biniam Girmay until 2026. The 22 year old Eritrean talent, who just over a month ago won the Ghent-Wevelgem, becoming the first African rider to win one of the most important classics on the calendar, was approached by several WorldTour teams despite the fact that he was already tied to the team managed by Jean-François Bourlart until 2024.
According to Diariodeltriathlon, the 26 year old Daniel Martinez could be Movistar‘s new front man from next season. At the end of the year, the retirement of Alejandro Valverde from competition will close an era for the Iberian team and it will be necessary to find a rider able to replace the Embatido. The Colombian contract with the Ineos Grenadiers is expiring at the end of the season and he could be the one to join Enric Mas as captain of the Spanish team.
After three years with the Lotto Development, Lennert Van Eetvelt has been promoted to first team for the next season. In the last two seasons, the young Belgian talent has shown himself with important results: last weekend he got the second place at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in his category. Now the news has arrived that he has signed a two-year contract with the first team, Lotto-Dstny, that will be valid from the start of next season.
As reported in Nieuwsblad, the Slovenian rider Jan Tratnik seems to be close to sign with Team Jumbo-Visma for the 2023 season. His contract with Bahrain Victorious is expiring at the end of this season and his friend Primož Roglič is pushing in this direction.
Cesare Benedetti‘s adventure with Bora-hansgrohe continues for one more year. Arrived in the German team in 2010, the Italian rider signed for one more season with the German team. The 34 year old domestique won a stage at the Giro d’Italia 2019.
Ineos Grenadiers has today made official the Tom Pidcock contract renewal for a further five years, up to the end of 2027. The 21-year-old turned professional last year after achieving great results in the junior categories, such as the time trial at the jrs world championships or dominating the Giro d’Italia Giovani, as well as obviously dominating the scene in the CX youth categories, and he has quickly established himself at a high level on the road, establishing himself as one of the leading exponents of the new generation.
According to journalist Thijs Zonneveld on the Algemeen Dagblad podcast, EF Education – EasyPost and Jumbo – Visma are looking to engage for next season Nils Van Der Poel. The athlete is not related to Mathieu Van der Poel and he is a speed skating champion, winner of two gold medals at the 2022 Beijing Olympics in the 5000 and 10,000 metres, 2021 World Championships over the same distances and world record holder in both disciplines. The 26-year-old Swede, who trains on bike 30 hours a week, have announced his retirement at the end of this season in his discipline and is ready for a new challenge.
Giovanni Visconti (Bardiani CSF Faizanè) has decided to end his career as a professional cyclist. After his withdrew from the Tirreno-Adriatico 2022, the Sicilian rider says goodbye to cycling, confirming on his social media in a long open letter his decision taken after many month of doubts. the 39 years old Visconti ends his career after 18 years, after achieving a total of 34 victories, including two stages at the 2013 Giro and three national champion titles in 2007, 2010, 2011. See his instagram message here. Visconti full profile here
Stan Dewulf has extended his contract with Ag2r La Mondiale for a further two years up to the end of 2024. In the current season, the 24 year old Belgian had already obtained some good placing.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport Ciro Scognamiglio, Mathias Vacek (Gazprom – RusVelo) is ready to move tov the WT Trek – Segafredo. After the stage win at the UAE Tour 2022, the Czech is looking for an opportunity with the top teams in the cycling world. Other sources have confirmed that the 19 years old has signed a three-year contract and he will race for the American team as a stagiaire from August and as a full member from next year.
Lorenzo Rota will ride with the Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux jersey at least until 2024. The rider from Bergamo has extended the agreement linking him to the Belgian team for a further season.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, the 22 year old Italian Kevin Colleoni should continue with the jersey of Team BikeExchange – Jayco. After finishing in fourth position in the queen stage of Tour of Oman 2022, the Italian is closed to find an agreement to renew his contract with the current team for one or two years.
Quinten Hermans and Corné van Kessel, may join Alpecin-Fenix on the 1 January 2023 ending they adventure with Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux. This after their sponsor Tormans had decided to leave the cyclocross formation link with Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux. The two rider are expected to road race as well.
According to VeloNews it is unclear if Thomas Pidcock has signed with Ineos-Grenadiers for the next season. VeloNews also reports that a major American bike manufacturer is reportedly interested in financing Pidcock’s transfer to one of the teams they supply bikes. In recent months, some rumours was linking the British talent to a possible move to Bora-hansgrohe, riding on the American Specialized.
Contract renewal for Rein Taaramäe until the end of 2023. The Estonian rider have extended his contract with Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert for one more year. Last year, the 34 year old rider won a stage at the Vuelta a España at Picon Blanco and he also wore the leader’s jersey for two days. Taaramäe full profile here.
In an interview to a Spanish journalist from Marca, 50-year-old Davide Rebellin, currently riding for the Continental Work Service-Marchiol-Vega team, has revealed that he will hang up his bike at the end of 2022. A winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold Race and three Fleche Wallonne, Rebellin is recovering from an exposed tibia and fibula fracture suffered at the Marco Pantani Memorial last year and although still recovering to be back in the peloton as soon as possible. Rebellin full profile here
Georg Zimmermann will remain with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert until at least the end of 2024. The 24-year-old German rider joined the Belgian team at the start of last season from the CCC and has produced some interesting results, including a stage at the Tour de l’Ain, a fifth place in the Deutschland Tour GC and a stage top ten at the Tour de France.
The 25-year-old Rémy Rochas has extended his contract with Cofidis until 2023. The Frenchman has had an excellent 2021, with a number of placings including a 15th place finish at the last Vuelta and a fifth place at the Veneto Classic. Rochas full profile here.
The Luxembourg national champion Kevin Geniets has signed a contract extension with Groupama-FDJ. The 25 year old Geniets has been with the France team since becoming a pro rider and so far he won 3 Luxemburg titles: twice the road race (2021 & 2020) and one ITT (2021).
The 23 year old American Brandon McNulty renew for 2 more years with UAE-Team Emirates.
Egon Bernal signed a five year deal with Ineos Grenadiers. The Colombian rider will remains with the team at last until the end of 2026.
The 2022 season will be Ilnur Zakarin‘s last year in the peloton. The 32 year old Russian has in fact announced on his Instagram profile, that he will hang up his bike at the end of this season. The Gazprom-Rusvelo rider turned professional in 2013 with his current team and has been a pillar of the Katusha team for many years. With Katusha he has competed in all three Grand Tours, finishing third in the 2017 Vuelta a España, and has won six of his eight career victories, including two stages of the Giro d’Italia (2015 and 2019) and a stage in the 2016 Tour de France. His palmares also includes a stage at the 2016 Paris-Nice and the final classification of the 2015 Tour de Romandie. Zakarin full profile here. Also Gilbert, Porte and Valverde have already announced their retirement at the end of the current season.
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