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Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:25 am
by MichaelB
Now that 1st of Aug has passed, there have been some interesting transfers between teams. Some make sense (greener pastures, retirement, more money etc), but some leave me wondering what the background REALLY is ;

Barguil to Fortuneo - some see this as sensible and explain it well, but mmmmmm. Big fish in a little pond.
Moinard out of BMC - wasn't doing his job well ?
Nieve to Orica-Scott - not happy at Sky ? Good mountain support for Yates' & Chaves
Sinkeldam & Preilder - leave Sunweb despite their good fortunes. Don't want to be doms ?
Quintana - don't know where he is going, but internal ructions at Movistar ?

Ceratianly not an incomplete list, and haven't included those that make sense or are visible why the change (Kristoff for example), more those that seem to have some behind the scenes issues that are not explained

Any others that have you scratching your heads ?

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:27 am
by bianchi928
Barguil to Fortuneo - I imagine the presence of Dumoulin would make it hard to be the GC guy at the Tour.

Not a transfer, but stoked to see Cam Meyer back at Orica Scott.

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:47 am
by MichaelB
Orica have picked up some interesting riders - both in terms of adding to GT support stocks (Nieve) and Classics type guys (Trentin).

Wonder who else will be grabbed and will Gerrio stay on for another year ?

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:12 pm
by jules21
well Orica won't grab Haas, who has gone to Katusha. apparently he and Gerro hate each other so we probably won't see Haas on Team Gerro, now or maybe even after Gerro retires?

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:10 pm
by RonK
As well as Trentin, Orica are taking Mikel Nieve from Sky. Svein Tuft has extended and will be the oldest rider in next year's peleton. Keukeleire is going to Lotto Soudal. Magnus Cort Neilsen to Astana. Rumours, apparently about Gerro. Time for him to retire gracefully I think.

There is a fairly comprehensive transfer list here: The dance for new teams has begun.

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:03 am
by MichaelB
Haas's move to Katusha will be interesting to see how that pans out. Wish him all the best !!

Still no news on Landa though, and sensible move by Kwaito to stay on a good wicket - selfless and humble super dom duties rewarded with good support at other races. Seems like a good deal.

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:57 am
by find_bruce
Be interesting to see if Landa's move will depend on Quintana & or Aru - while there have been plenty of rumours of Quintana moving from movistar, latest is that Trek baulked at the €6 million cost of paying him & buying out Movistar

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:39 pm
by MichaelB
Boswell reported as leaving Sky for Katusha - they have now lost a few key guys

Boswell - Katusha
Kennaugh - Bora
Landa - Movistar
Nieve - Orica Scott
Peters - SEG Racing
Rosa - UAE

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:00 pm
by fat and old
RonK wrote:Rumours, apparently about Gerro. Time for him to retire gracefully I think.



Too late. He blew that chance when he stayed on after rode the WC in 2015 and scewed Matthews over.

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:07 pm
by find_bruce

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:02 am
by find_bruce
No surprise at Vivani leaving Sky nor going to Quick-step. I was a bit surprised at Kittel going to Katusha- I get the German sponsor connection, but the team doesn't have a great record with sprinter

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:05 am
by fat and old
And Kittel sees the writing on the wall and heads to Katusha. I quite liked his Teutonic attitude to his time at Quick Step

“I am very proud to have been part of the Wolfpack,” Kittel said of his time at Quick-Step


It's good to see Germans taking pride in their history when they can.

Damn...Bruce beat me! :lol:

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:44 pm
by MichaelB
Can't say I was honestly surprised to see Ruben Plaza depart Orica, as there seemed to be no standout performances for them, but was surprised to see Ben Hermans leave BMC ?

Both have signed for the Israeli Cycling Academy - they are trying to step up to a higher level and hope to get a GT start, but really ? Must have been a good wad of cash ....

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:14 pm
by fat and old
And seemingly.....

Everyone at Cannondale to whoever will take them :shock:

Gotta feel for that crew, being notified at this point. With regards to Uran....as he knocked back offers from a few teams I wonder will they offer less now? Same would go for most of them (riders) actually?

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:51 pm
by MichaelB
Yep, sh!tty timing for them for sure. There are quite a few that don't have contracts either past the end of the year, so some worse than others.

Hope it all works out

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:04 pm
by biker jk
MichaelB wrote:Yep, sh!tty timing for them for sure. There are quite a few that don't have contracts either past the end of the year, so some worse than others.

Hope it all works out


The reduction in team sizes to eight for GTs and a 176 rider limit for all World Tour and Continental races will not be helping either.

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:48 am
by fat and old
Gerrans to BMC. Not sure how that'll pan out....is he capable of burying himself for somebody else?

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:31 am
by MichaelB
fat and old wrote:Gerrans to BMC. Not sure how that'll pan out....is he capable of burying himself for somebody else?


Beat me to it. Wonder what the real story is - didn't fit in with the GC team approach or doing a Barguil - all for me and me for me.

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:33 am
by MichaelB
And Sky lose another solid rider (van Poppel) - is some of the Marginal Gains bluff/crap wearing thin with some of the members, or is there a bit of a shakeup in those that don't quite tow the party line ?

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:23 am
by fat and old
MichaelB wrote:
fat and old wrote:Gerrans to BMC. Not sure how that'll pan out....is he capable of burying himself for somebody else?


Beat me to it. Wonder what the real story is - didn't fit in with the GC team approach or doing a Barguil - all for me and me for me.


GC no way
Sprints Ewan
Classics Hayman, Kruks etc

I think given his admittedly good palmares and history of being a protected rider/focal point it may be the latter. Time will tell

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:24 am
by fat and old
Did Van Poppel split before or after Cookson lost? :lol:

Re: Interesting rider transfers for 2018 ...

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:37 am
by MichaelB
Seems like Landa to Movistar has Quintana a bit worried ....