All of the transfers you need to know about, updated as they come in
As the transfer window opens, here's every move as it happens.
As the transfer window opens, here's every move as it happens.
August 1 is the day the transfer window for professional cycling officially opens. From now until the end of the year, big names will swap jerseys for more or less money, bright upstarts will receive their chance to prove themselves at WorldTour level while others wait nervously by the phone to hear if they have a contract for next year. Rumours will continue to fly, as they do all season, and you’ll see riders hell bent on getting a result to improve their stock as places on teams are filled.
Of course, agents, teams and riders will have been talking long before the summer, secretly of course, but August 1 is the official date after which transfers can be stamped and announced.
So who’s off where? Below is a list of all the big moves and who’ll you have to get used to wearing a new strip in 2023.
Anouska Koster, the 2016 Dutch road national champion, has been on teams like Rabobank-Liv, Parkhotel Valkenburg and most recently Jumbo-Visma and will take 11 years of professional experience to Uno-X for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. A new team in 2022, Uno-X is chock-full of young talent but lacks a guiding hand. Koster will be able to help the team navigate the ever-growing WorldTour landscape.
It’s an exciting development for both Uno-X and Koster, who will be able to ride for herself a little more than she currently does at Jumbo-Visma.
“From the first moment I had a very good feeling with this great Scandanavian World Tour team,” Koster said. “I’m really looking forward to this new adventure from 2023 on!”
The Norweigan team recently announced the addition of former world champion Amalie Dideriksen as well. With Dideriksen and Koster the team is not lacking in leadership, and word has it they aren’t done adding riders yet.
The Stavanger Stallion returns home! As in, to a Norwegian team, signing a three-year deal with ProTeam Uno-X. This will be the 35 year old’s longest contract of his 13-year professional career, who moves over at the end of a year with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
This is more than a “pension contract” the team have said, as they aim to eventually move up to WorldTour level and also participate in Grand Tours with the help of Kristoff’s long stint at the top level.
“It was now or never if I was going to be part of this project with a Norwegian team during my career. It was now that I had the chance,” Kristoff told TV2.
“The team looks very solid from the outside. They have taken it step by step, and now I am looking forward to the last part of my career. Then we’ll see if we get the Tour de France next year. If it doesn’t happen, we at least have a few more years to achieve it.”
Big goals and a chance to cement a legacy.
Ineos Grenadiers once again find themselves entering a transfer season on the back of a Tour de France where they’ve been outclassed by UAE Team Emirates and Jumbo-Visma. Expect them to be active with high profile comings and goings, and the first through the door is recent baby Giro winner Leo Hayter.
Leo is the younger brother of Ethan, who’s hit the top level running with numerous victories, and about to make his Grand Tour debut at the upcoming Vuelta a España. Leo Hayter arrives from Hagens Berman Axeon and will ride as a stagiaire with Ineos until he turns pro with the British team in January. Having already completed a number of training camps with the WorldTour squad, Hayter has said he feels “really at home” at the squad of the same nationality and the latest British rider to commit to Rod Ellingworth’s team.
Ahead of the announcement, Ineos Grenadiers tweeted an image of the Hayter brothers as children, with Ethan riding a trike with Leo on the back. Don’t expect to see this manoeuvre replicated if they end up on the same start line.
Just like Owain Doull last season, Eddie Dunbar will leave Ineos Grenadiers in search of Grand Tour opportunities. With talent stacked at the big teams such as Ineos, gaining a place in the eight-man squads for the Giro, Tour and Vuelta can be hard to come by. Therefore, the Irishman Dunbar has opted to swap for the Australian BikeExchange-Jayco outfit to hopefully build upon his solitary Grand Tour appearance at the 2019 Giro d’Italia.
The 25-year-old recently reminded the peloton of his talents as he won the overall at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and Tour of Hungary earlier this year, and has penned a three-year deal with BikeExchange-Jayco.
Another rider opting for a more prominent role at a smaller team is Mike Teunissen. The winner of the opening stage of the 2019 Tour de France (and first yellow jersey wearer of that edition) has signed for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert from Jumbo-Visma in order to receive greater chances to aim for personal glory while also assisting 2022’s breakthrough talent Biniam Girmay in both the sprint finishes and Classics finales.
What will be one of the more left-field moves of the transfer season will be former world champion Rui Costa heading to Intermarché to become the first Portuguese rider to ride in the colours (of which there are many) of the Belgian squad. Costa leaves UAE Team Emirates (who before that were Lampre-Merida) after nine seasons with the once Italian team. The 35-year-old, who turns 36 in October, has signed a one-year deal.
Just like Kristoff, former world road race champion Amalie Dideriksen moves from Trek-Segafredo to Uno-X.
The Dane has signed a two-year deal and describes a move to a Scandinavian team as a “dream come true”.
Søren Kragh Anderson announced ahead of the Tour de France that he would not renew with Team DSM, and he didn’t ride the Tour with his old team. He’s been picked up by Alpecin Deceuninck. Quinten Hermans, second in Liège-Batogne-Liège this year, joins from Intermaché-Wanty-Gobert Matérieux.
Both are high-profile signings, as Kragh Anderson has won two Tour de France stages, stages at Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse, and more. He signs with Alpecin on a two-year deal and Hermans joins on a three-year deal.
Alpecin also announced the signing of a pair of Aussies in Kaden Groves from BikeExchange-Jayco and Jensen Plowright from Groupama-FDJ’s development team.
Eight! Yes eight. Groupama-FDJ just pulled up eight of its development team riders to the WorldTour, and there’s a lot of talent in the group.
The promoted riders are Paul Penhoët, Lorenzo Germani, Romain Grégoire, Lenny Martinez, Enzo Paleni, Laurence Pithie, Reuben Thompson and Sam Watson.
Paleni won the overall inthe three-stage Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, and 2.2 categorized stage race. Martinez and Thompson finished first and second in the five-stage Giro Ciclisto delle Valle d’Aosta.
The Dutch sprinter was signed with DSM until the end of the 2024 season but a clause in her contract allowed her to leave early if she received a better offer from another team. SD Worx came along and provided just that, meaning the 23-year-old and winner of two Tour stages will ride for the best women’s team from 2023.
Half of the Trek-Segafredo squad have expiring contracts at the end of this year, and Paternoster follows Dideriksen out of the door, the Italian signing for BikeExchange-Jayco for the next two years.
Another departure from Jumbo-Visma as Chris Harper also makes his way to BikeExchange-Jayco. The 27-year-old Australian turned pro with the Dutch team in 2020 and has now signed a two-year deal with the Aussie outfit, hopefully getting more chances at Grand Tours after one solitary three-week stage race appearance at the 2020 Giro d’Italia.
The Australian outfit also adds 23-year-old Italian national champion Filippo Zana on a three-year contract.
The marketing people at Quick-Step AlphaVinyl deliver a lesson in working smart not hard when they announced a trio of new signings in one fell swoop.
Jan Hirt, Casper Pedersen and Tim Merlier will all be joining Patrick Lefevere’s outfit in 2023, which by that time will be called Soudal – Quick-Step. Hirt joins from Intermarché, Pedersen from DSM while Tim Merlier was a long rumoured deal, and the sprinter will provide competition for Fabio Jakobsen.
In the latest move to snap up burgeoning youth prospects, the Ineos Grenadiers have picked up 18-year-old Welsh talent Josh Tarling on a three-year deal. Tarling is the latest acquisition of young British talents for Ineos’ Classics contingent, while he can also time trial, picking up a silver medal in the junior Worlds race against the clock last year.
Bit of a spicier one here. Dylan Teuns moves from Bahrain-Victorious to Israel – Premier Tech immediately.
“With no races planned for Dylan Teuns following Tour de France,” Bahrain-Victorious announced, “it has been agreed that Dylan will race for his new team for the remainder of the year to help transition for the upcoming seasons.” The team abiding by the age old tradition to not mention a rival outfit’s actual name.
Following the Tour de France stage 1 time trial, Wielerflits spoke to Teuns about the police raids, with the Belgian unhappy with the situation he found himself in. “It’s very tough and feels unfair,” he said. “After my victory in La Flèche Wallonne, I was the hero of Flanders. Now, I am being killed.”
Before the team could provide official announcements, the UCI website indicated changes to the EF Education-EasyPost website as of August 1. Jefferson Alexander Cepeda and Andrea Piccolo both make the mid-season jump from Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli, the latter making his second move in just a few months after Gianni Savio’s team rescued the 21-year-old Italian following Gazprom’s collapse.
Meanwhile, Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton are stepping away from road racing and putting their focus fully on gravel and off-road.
The Italian has been a key component of Arnaud Démare’s sprint train since he signed with Groupama-FDJ for 2017, and has fast become one of the most respected lead-out riders on the international stage. The 34-year-old moves across to Lotto Soudal (Lotto Dstny from 2023) to bolster the sprint lineup for Caleb Ewan and up-and-coming sprinter Arnaud de Lie for the next two years.
Filippo Ganna joins the 2027 club, the 26-year-old signing a whopping five-year deal to join teammate Tom Pidcock at the British team for the long haul. For context, Tadej Pogačar also has a deal until 2027, Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel is signed until 2026, while Jumbo-Visma’s two Norwegian youngsters Johannes Staune-Mittet and Per Strand Hagenes have equally long contracts to the Belgian.
One-upping all the above is Juan Ayuso who has signed a contract that will see the young Spaniard stay in a UAE Team Emirates jersey until the end of 2028. The 19-year-old, widely considered the next big thing, recently took his first pro victory at the one-day Circuito de Getxo, continuing a trajectory that has been on an upward trend since before he joined the senior ranks.
In January Simon Clarke didn’t have a professional contract, now he has a Tour de France stage win (from a day out on the Roubaix cobbles no less) and a new two-year deal with Israel – Premier Tech. Not a bad six months for the veteran.
UAE Team Emirates has enticed the core of their Tour de France squad to stick around until the end of 2024, with Mikkel Bjerg, Brandon McNulty and Rafał Majka re-signing on the dotted line, along with Diego Ulissi. Vegard Stake Laengen and Matteo Trentin have also confirmed at least one more year with the team, as have Oliveira twins Rui and Ivo.
Last updated: August 6