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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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Bahrain Victorious – IN Matevž Govecar (Tirol KTM Cycling Team); OUTRUMOURED: INOUT Jan Tratnik (Jumbo-Visma); END OF CONTRACT Yukiya Arashiro, Phil Bauhaus, Heinrich Haussler, Chun Kai Feng, Kamil Gradek, Ahmed Madan, Jonathan Milan, Domen Novak, Hermann Pernsteiner, Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Jan Tratnik, Stephen Williams; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Pello Bilbao (23), Santiago Buitrago (23), Damiano Caruso (24), Sonny Colbrelli (23), Matevž Govecar (24), Jack Haig (23), Mikel Landa (23), Filip Maciejuk (23), Gino Mäder (24), Matej Mohoric (23), Johan Price-Pejtersen (23), Luis León Sánchez (23), Jasha Sütterlin (23), Alfred Wright (23), Edoardo Zambanini (23).

21 May

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.

Situation WT team by team (in progress): Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl – IN ; OUT ; RUMOURED: IN , Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Ramon Sinkeldam (Groupama – FDJ); OUTEND OF CONTRACT 2022 – Mark Cavendish, Dries Devenyns, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Stijn Steels, Zdenek Stybar; 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), Remco Evenepoel (26), Mikkel Honoré (23), Fabio Jakobsen (23), James Knox (23), Fausto Masnada (24), Michael Morkov (23), Florian Senechal (23), Pieter Serry (23), Mauro Schmid (23), Jannik Steimle (23), Martin Svrček (24), Mauri Vansevenant (23), Bert Van Lerberghe (23), Stan Van Tricht (23), Ilan Van Wilder (23), Ethan Vernon (23), Louis Vervaeke (23).

Situation WT team by team (in progress): Groupama – FDJ – IN ; OUT ; RUMOURED: IN ; OUT Ramon Sinkeldam (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl); END OF CONTRACT 2022: Matteo Badilatti, Clément Davy, Antoine Duchesne, Jacopo Guarnieri, Ignatas Konovalovas, Mathieu Ladagnous , Olivier Le Gac, Fabian Lienhard, Tobias Ludvigsson, Sébastien Reichenbach, Anthony Roux, Ramon Sinkeldam, Attila Valter, Lars van den Berg ; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Bruno Armirail (24), Lewis Askey (23), Arnaud Démare (23), David Gaudu (23), Kevin Geniets (24), Stefan Kung (23), Valentin Madouas (24), Rudy Molard (24), Quentin Pacher (23), Thibaut Pinot (23), Miles Scotson (23), Jake Stewart (24), Michael Storer (23), Bram Welten (23).

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.

Situation WT team by team (in progress): Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux – INOUTRUMOUREDINOUT Corné Van Kessel (Alpecin-Fenix); END OF CONTRACT 2022: Jan Bakelants, Dmitri Claeys, Théo Delacroix, Tom Devriendt, Quinten Hermans, Jan Hirt, Andrea Pasqualon, Simone Petilli, Baptiste Planckaert, Kévin Van Melsen, Boy Van Poppel, Loic Vliegen; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Sven Erik Bystrøm (23), Aimé De Gendt (23), Kobe Goossens (23), Biniam Girmay Hailu (26), Laurens Huys (23), Julius Johansen (23), Alexander Kristoff (23), Louis Meintjes (23), Hugo Page (23), Barnabás Peák (23), Adrien Petit (23), Lorenzo Rota (24), Rein Taaramae (23), Gerbe Thijssens (23), Taco Van Der Hoorn (24), Georg Zimmermann (24)

18 May

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.

16 May

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.

Situation WT team by team (in progress): Trek – SegafredoIN; OUT; RUMOURED: IN Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone-Hopper), Mathias Vacek (Gazprom – RusVelo); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Gianluca Brambilla, Dario Cataldo, Jakob Egholm, Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Alexander Kamp, Bauke Mollema, Matteo Moschetti, Mads Pedersen, Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, Toms Skujiņš, Jasper Stuyven; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Jon Aberasturi (23), Filippo Baroncini (23), Julien Bernard (23), Marc Brustenga (23), Giulio Ciccone (24), Kenny Elissonde (23), Tony Gallopin (23), Asbjørn Hellemose (23), Markus Hoelgaard (23), Daan Hoole (23), Juan Pedro Lopez (23), Alex Kirsch (23), Emils Liepins (23), Jacopo Mosca (23), Simon Pellaud (23), Quinn Simmons (23), Edward Theuns (23), Antonio Tiberi (24), Antwan Tolhoek (23).

14 May

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team DSMIN ; OUT ; RUMOURED: IN ; OUT Thymen Arensman (INEOS Grenadiers); END OF CONTRACT Thymen Arensman, Nikias Arndt, Cees Bol, Romain Combaud, Nico Denz, Mark Donovan, Nils Eekhoff, Chris Hamilton, Søren Kragh Andersen, Niklas Markl, Florian Stork, Martijn Tusveld, Kevin Vermaerke; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Romain Bardet (24), Marco Brenner (24), Alberto Dainese (23), John Degenkolb (24), Leon Heinschke (23), Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (23), Andreas Leknessund (23), Frederik Rodenberg Madsen (23), Marius Mayrhofer (23), Tim Naberman (23), Joris Nieuwenhuis (23), Casper Pedersen (23), Henri Vandenabeele (23), Sam Welsford (23).

13 May

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.”

12 May

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Ineos Grenadiers – INOUT Richie Porte (Ritire); RUMOURED: IN Thymen Arensman (Team DSM); OUT Eddie Dunbar (BikeExchange, Jumbo-Visma), Daniel Martinez (Movistar), Dylan Van Baarle (Team Jumbo-Visma); END OF CONTRACT 2022: Andrey Amador, Richard Carapaz, Laurens De Plus, Eddie Dunbar, Ethan Hayter, Daniel Martinez, Jhonatan Narvaez, Brandon Rivera, Ben Swift, Ben Tulett, Dylan Van Baarle, Cameron Wurf, Adam Yates; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Egan Bernal (26), Jonathan Castroviejo (23), Omar Fraile (23), Filippo Ganna (23), Tao Geoghegan Hart (23), Kim Heiduk (23), Michal Kwiatkowski (23), Tom Pidcock (27), Luke Plapp (23), Salvatore Puccio (23), Carlos Rodriguez (23), Luke Rowe (23), Magnus Sheffield (23), Pavel Sivakov (23), Geraint Thomas (23), Ben Turner (23), Elia Viviani (24)

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.

11 May

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

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: Philippe Gilbert (40 Lotto Soudal), Vincenzo Nibali (38 Astana), Richie Porte (37 Ineos-Grenadiers), Alejandro Valverde (42 Movistar); PRT: Ilnur Zakarin (33 Gazprom-RusVelo).

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). Situation WT team by team: Team BikeExchange – IN ; OUT ; RUMOURED: IN Eddie Dunbar (IneosGrenadiers), Adam Yates (IneosGrenadiers); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Jack Bauer, Sam Bewley, Kevin Colleoni, Lawson Craddock, Luke Durbridge, Alexander Edmondson, Kaden Groves, Lucas Hamilton, Damien Howson, Amund Grondahl Jansen, Tanel Kangert, Alexander Konychev, Jan Maas, Michael Matthews, Cameron Meyer, Luka Mezgec, Nick Schultz, Callum Scotson, Dion Smith, Simon Yates; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Alexandre Balmer (23), Lawson Craddock (23), Tsgabu Grmay (23), Dylan Groenewegen (24), Michael Hepburn (23), Chris Juul-Jensen (23), Kelland O’Brien (23), Jesus David Peña (23), Matteo Sobrero (23), Campbell Stewart (23).

10 May

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Team Jumbo – Visma – IN ; OUT ; RUMOUREDIN Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious), Dylan Van Baarle (IneosGrenadiers); OUT ; END OF CONTRACT David Dekker, Tom Dumoulin, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Lennard Hofstede, Timo Roosen, Mike Teunissen, Nathan Van Hooydonck; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Edoardo Affini (23), Tiesj Benoot (23), Koen Bouwman (24), Rohan Dennis (23), Tobias Foss (23), Robert Gesink (23), Chris Harper (23), Michel Hessmann (24), Olav Kooij (23), Steven Kruijswijk (23), Sepp Kuss (24), Christophe Laporte (23) Gijs Leemreize (23), Sam Oomen (23),  Primoz Roglic (25), Milan Vader (24), Wout van Aert (24), Tosh Van Der Sande (23), Mick Van Dijke (24), Tim Van Dijke (24), Jos Van Emden (23), Jonas Vingegaard (24).

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.

4 May

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.

1 May

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. Situation WT team by team: Lotto-Dstny – IN Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto – Soudal U23); OUTEND OF CONTRACTCarlos Barbero, Filippo Conca, Steff Cras , Thomas De Gendt, Philippe Gilbert, Sebastien Grignard, Matthew Holmes, Roger Kluge, Andreas Kron, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Kamil Malecki, Sylvan Moniquet, Harry Sweeney, Maxim Van Gils, Harm Vanhoucke, Viktor Verschaeve, Xandres Vervloesem, Tim Wellens; RUMOUREDINOUT; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – CedricBeullens (23), Victor Campenaerts (24), Jasper De Buyst (24), Arnaud De Lie (23), Jarrad Drizners (23), Caleb Ewan (24), Frederik Frison (23), Michael Schwarzmann (23), Rudiger Selig (23), Lennert Van Eetvelt (24), Brent Van Moer (23), Florian Vermeersch (24).

30 April

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Movistar Team – IN ; OUT Alejandro Valverde (Retire); RUMOURED: IN Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers); OUTEND OF CONTRACT Iñigo Elosegui, Imanol Erviti, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Enric Mas, Lluis Guillermo Mas, José Joaquin Rojas, Gonzalo Serrano, Albert Torres; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Alex Aranburu (24), Jorge Arcas (23), Will Barta (23), Abner Gonzalez (23), Juri Hollmann (23), Gorka Izagirre (23), Max Kanter (23), Oier Lazkano (24), Johan Jacobs (23), Matteo Jorgenson (23), Gregor Muhlberger (23), Mathias Norsgaard (23), Nelson Oliveira (23), Antonio Pedrero (23), Vinicius Rangel (24), Óscar Rodríguez (23), Einer Rubio (23), Sergio Samitier (24), Ivan Ramiro Sosa (23), Carlos Verona (23).

28 April

According to quibicisport, new rumours are filtering in about the project of Davide Cassani, former national team manager, to bring back a high-profile Professional team (the model is Mathieu Van der Poel’s Alpecin-Fenix) in Italy. Quibicisport stated that Cassani has met and is trying to convince some major Italian firms to investing in professional cycling. Among names of possible sponsors there are: Barilla, Caffè Borbone and Casillo. As far as the supply of the bikes, Cassani would have thought of Bianchi, a historic Italian company that does not currently supply bikes to any World Tour or Professional teams.

20 April

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.

12 April

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.

5 April

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Bora – Hansgrohe – IN ; OUT ; RUMOURED: IN OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Patrick Gamper,  Felix Grossschartner, Lennard Kämna,  Wilco Kelderman, Martin Laas, Anton Palzer, Lukas Postlberger, Matthew Walls, Frederik Wandahl, Ben Zwiehoff; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Giovanni Aleotti (23), Shane Archbold (23), Cesare Benedetti (23), Sam Bennett (23), Emanuel Buchmann (24), Matteo Fabbro (23), Marco Haller (24), Sergio Higuita (24), Jai Hindley (24), Jonas Koch (23), Patrik Konrad(23), Luis-Joe Lührs (24), Jordi Meeus (24), Ryan Mullen (23), Nils Politt (23), Maximilian Schachmann (24), Ide Schelling (23), Cian Uijtdebroeks (24), Danny Van Poppel (23), Aleksandr Vlasov (24).

31 March

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.

17 March

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.

9 March

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

8 March

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Ag2r La Mondiale – INOUTRUMOUREDIN ; OUT ; END OF CONTRACT Lilian Calmejane, Clément Champoussin, Mikael Cherel, Anthony Jullien,  Bob Jungels, Nicolas Prodhomme, Marc Sarreau, Damien Touzé, Gijs van Hoecke, Larry Warbasse; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Clement Berthet (24), Geoffrey Bouchard (23), Benoit Cosnefroy (23), Stan Dewulf (24), Félix Gall (23), Damien Godon (24), 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), Antoine Raugel (23), Valentin Retailleau (24), Michael Schar (23), Greg Van Avermaet (23), Andrea Vendrame (23), Clément Venturini (23).

1 Marzo

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.

25 February

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.

22 February

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.

15 February

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.

8 February

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.

1 February

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

29 January

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. Situation WT team by team (in progress): Cofidis – INOUTRUMOURED: INOUTEND OF CONTRACT 2022: Sander Armée, Tom Bohli, Thomas Champion, Ruben Fernandez, Eddy Finé, José Herrada, Ion Izagirre, Guillaume Martin, Szymon Sajnok, Hugo Toumire, Kenneth Vanbilsen, Davide Villella, Max Walscheid, Axel Zingle; CURRENT 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Piet Allegaert (23), François Bidard (23), André Carvalho (23), Davide Cimolai (23), Simone Consonni (23), Bryan Coquard (23), Alexandre Delettre (23), Simon Geschke (23), Jésus Herrada (23), Wesley Kreder (23), Victor Lafay (23), Anthony Perez (23), Pierre-Luc Périchon (23), Alexis Renard (23), Rémy Rochas (23), Benjamin Thomas (23), Jelle Wallays (23).

24 Jan

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).

14 Jan

The 23 year old American Brandon McNulty renew for 2 more years with UAE-Team Emirates. Situation WT team by team (in progress): UAE Team Emirates – IN ; OUT ; RUMOURED: INOUT ; END OF CONTRACT 2022: Mikkel Bjerg, Rui Costa, Davide Formolo, Fernando Gaviria, Ryan Gibbons, Vegard Stake Laengen, Rafal Majka, Yousif Mirza, Juan Sebastián Molano, Jan Polanc, Joel Suter, Matteo Trentin, Oliviero Troia, Diego Ulissi; Current 2023 ROSTER (Year of end contract) – Pascal Ackermann (23), Joao Almeida (27),Camilo Ardila (23), Juan Ayuso (25), George Bennett (23), Alexys Brunel (23), Alessandro Covi (24), Finn Fisher-Black (24), Felix Groß (24), Marc Hirschi (23), Alvaro Hodeg (23), Brandon McNulty (24), Ivo Oliveira (23), Rui Oliveira (23), Tadej Pogacar (27), Marc Soler (23).

10 Jan

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.

2 Jan

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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