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. The latest updates will appear at the top.
Silvia Persico is one of many new signings announced by Women’s WorldTeam UAE Team ADQ as the Italian’s current team Valcar Travel & Service turns its attention to rider development in the coming future seasons. The Italian squad’s graduating class is indicative of their potential, Persico being one of five of their riders who have signed a WorldTour contract for 2023, four of them heading for UAE.
The 25-year-old is not long back from the Road World Championships in Wollongong where she won her second bronze medal of the year after the CX Worlds in January. One of the revelations of the season, Persico will enjoy more leadership opportunities with her new team.
Joining Persico are Canadian Olivia Baril, Italian compatriots Eleanora Gasparrini and Chiara Consonni, as well as Mikayla Harvey and Alena Amialiusik from Canyon-SRAM. Consonni has become one of the most promising sprinters in the peloton and is coming to the end of a phenomenal season which includes victories at Dwars door Vlaanderen, GP d’Isbergues and the final stage of the Giro Donne.
BikeExchange-Jayco continues to strengthen their versatile squad with the addition of Austrian all-rounder Lukas Pöstlberger, who bids farewell to Bora-Hansgrohe after more than seven years. The 30-year-old joins the Australian outfit to provide strength throughout the year, but with a particular focus on the sprints and Classics where Pöstlberger has increasingly applied his strength in recent years.
A consummate teammate, the Austrian is also more than capable of taking his own results. Pöstlberger launched himself onto the international stage with surprise victory on stage 1 of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, and more recently, he caught the bunch unawares once more with a solo win on stage 2 of the 2021 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Alice Towers has signed a three-year contract with Canyon-SRAM that will see the British national champion step up to WorldTour level two months after her 20th birthday. 2022 has been a year of discovery for the young rider, who took her first professional victory with a 30-kilometre solo move at the British National Championships in June.
Towers’ current Le Col – Wahoo teammate also makes the step up, Maike van der Duin joining Canyon-SRAM for two years. The young Dutchwoman has also had a revelatory season, making a bang in the opening stages of the Tour de France Femmes and earning two days in the white jersey of best young rider.
After spending his whole professional career with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in its various guises since 2011, Zdeněk Štybar is heading for pastures new for the 2023 season. The Czech rider will bring over a decade of experience to Bike-Exchange-Jayco particularly in the Spring Classics where he’s found considerable success both on a team and personal level, having scored victories at Omloop Het Nieusblad, E3 BinckBank Classic, Strade Bianche, and two visits to the Paris-Roubaix podium.
“This is something very special for me to change team in the final part of my career,” Štybar said in his new team’s announcement.
“My goals will be to be the best I can be at every race. Of course, the Belgium Classics will be key events for me and I am looking forward to competing there with my new colours, but I’m also ready to help younger riders in the team and share my experience and knowledge with them. I believe this is an important duty at this stage of my career and I am very happy to do so.”
The New Zealander takes almost a decade of professional experience with her to EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, leaving her comfort zone after almost six years with BikeExchange. The 29-year-old will fit into the new WorldTour squad as a versatile all-rounder for everything from the hilly classics to stage races and time trials.
“Our main priority for next season was to hire a rider that had the personality and the desire to be a mentor to the incredible talent that we have on our team,” said Linda Jackson, founder and owner of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB. “Someone that is not focused solely on getting results for herself, but someone that had a genuine interest in mentorship. As soon as I talked to Georgia, I knew we had a good fit. She has a lot of experience and I think she is as excited about her role on the team as we are. Georgia will play a vital role in helping us grow into a top-five WorldTour team in the next few years.”
The fifth Ineos Grenadiers rider off to pastures new for 2023 and maybe only second to Richard Carapaz in how great the loss will be felt by the British squad. In a major coup for UAE Team Emirates, they’ve prised Adam Yates away from the WorldTour he shares a nationality with by handing him a very shiny (and presumably very expensive) three-year deal.
Is this in order to finally give Tadej Pogačar a clear run at the UAE Tour in February? The two always seem to be the pair battling it out for the general classification over in the Middle East. Or maybe UAE Team Emirates thought that between Pogačar, João Almeida and Juan Ayuso they needed another rider capable of winning both week-long stage races and making an impact at Grand Tours.
I’m calling it now that Adam Yates in a UAE Team Emirates kit will be the one that takes the most getting used to.
Team DSM adds experience through Patrick “Paddy” Bevin and burgeoning climbing talent through Harm Vanhoucke.
Bevin joins DSM from Israel-Premier Tech where he’s enjoyed a brilliant 2022, taking a stage of the Tour de Romandie in world-class company two weeks after winning the Presidential Tour of Turkey. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the German outfit and brings with him a wealth of experience and ability in everything from time trials to short climbs and reduced bunch sprints.
Vanhoucke will embark on his fifth and sixth years as a professional in DSM colours, leaving Lotto Soudal where he turned pro following a stagiaire season in 2018. His progression has been steady and consistent, demonstrating particular strength on more testing terrain and showing promise as a stage racer.
“I am looking forward to joining Team DSM. I was attracted to the guidance in the team and how in general riders improve with them,” Vanhoucke said in the team’s statement. “They are also a team that has already had a lot of GC successes in Grand Tours in the past and have a lot of knowledge. It will be a new step in my career, and I am curious to see how I will improve as rider with them and what I can learn from the team as well as the more experienced riders.”
Grand Tour powerhouse Ineos Grenadiers has announced the first two additions to their 2023 squad in Connor Swift and Thymen Arensman, both signing two-year contracts.
Swift makes the long-awaited step up to WorldTour after three and a half years with Arkéa-Samsic where he’s served as bodyguard for Nairo Quintana and occasional leader in his own right, taking a memorable Tro-Bro Léon victory in 2021. He’ll engage all those purposes at the British outfit, going after personal and team success in the Classics, alongside his cousin Ben Swift, as well as being a man for the flat and less hilly stages at Grand Tours.
“I am super excited to be joining the INEOS Grenadiers,” Swift said. “The way the team is evolving at the minute, with the next wave of young guys coming through and the dynamic approach to racing, is really refreshing and it will be special to be a part of the journey.”
One of the riders he may work with at stage races is Arensman, whose transfer from DSM to the Ineos Grenadiers has been common knowledge for months, but was only officially confirmed the week after his sensational performance at the Vuelta a España. The 22-year-old has been listed among the ones to watch since he turned pro, and he confirmed his promise with Queen Stage victory in Spain, just weeks after taking his first pro win at the Tour of Poland.
“My ambition is to develop myself more as a rider and human. I feel I can still make steps in the crucial disciplines for riding a GC: time trial and climbing and there is no better place to improve those skills than this team,” Arensman said in the team’s release.
“One of the biggest reasons for me joining this team is a question that my parents asked me: ‘What team did you look up to as a little kid and dreamed about riding for?’ The INEOS Grenadiers is the answer. Together with all the knowledge, resources and people in the team my choice was made and it really feels like the correct step in my career.”
After four years with BikeExchange-Jayco, Dion Smith returns to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux on a two-year contract. The New Zealander raced with the Belgian team through the 2017 and 2018 seasons, making his Grand Tour debut at the 2017 Tour de France and going on to wear the KOM jersey for a few days the following year, the first and so far only Intermarché-Wanty rider to wear one of the Tour’s classification jerseys.
“When I joined the World Tour peloton in 2019, saying goodbye to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux never felt definitive,” Smith said in the team’s announcement. “The team has made a lot of steps since then. After four seasons in the same environment, this is a good moment for me to reignite my hunger by returning to my former stable. For them to want me back shows they still believe I have something to give and this motivates me.”
A fast man who is fantastically capable on punchy climbs, the 29-year-old’s standout season came in 2020 when sixth at Milan-Sanremo gave way to his first pro victory at Coppa Sabatini ahead of former teammate Andrea Pasqualon. That year ended with a consistent performance at the Vuelta a España, netting back-to-back top-five finishes in two very different stages in the the final week.
Dutch all-rounder Floortje Mackaij is the second transfer to be announced for Movistar’s 2023 squad, following current teammate Liane Lippert from DSM on a two-year contract to bolster the team as it looks to a future without Annemiek van Vleuten.
In her almost nine years among the pro ranks, all with Team DSM in its various forms, Mackaij has built a reputation as one of the peloton’s more consistent riders, excelling on all terrains and throughout the season. As well as being a valuable teammate, the 26-year-old has eight victories to her name, and has enjoyed one of her best season’s to date in 2022, climbing onto the podium at Omloop van het Hageland and Drentse Acht van Westerveld before capping off the spring with sixth at Paris-Roubaix Femmes, then taking GC top 10s at WorldTour stage races Itzulia Women and the Tour de Suisse.
Alice Barnes will depart Canyon-SRAM after five seasons to join Human Powered Health. The American team joined the WorldTour in 2022 with almost an entirely new roster from its previous season. Barnes is their first new signing of the transfer season and without a doubt the most experienced rider currently on their 2023 team. She joins the team on a two-year deal that will see her ride for them through 2024.
The British rider has top 10 results at a handful of WorldTour races like the Women’s Tour, Ronde van Drenthe, Gent-Wevelgem, and the Simac Ladies Tour. She won the British national champion road race and time trial in 2019.
German national champion Liane Lippert will move from Team DSM to Movistar at the end of the year. Lippert has ridden for her current team since 2017 when she first entered the professional peloton. The Spanish team will hold on to Lippert through 2025.
“I’m really excited to join the team for the next three years,” Lippert said in a press release. “I think the environment in the team is really great, and also the way of working and improving riders should help me much. I’m really happy that the team wants to help me grow stronger in the future, bring me to the next step physically. I’m already on a really high level, but I want to learn, especially from the more experienced riders in the team, to hopefully win races together. From the outside, the Movistar Team looks like a big family, which is a big reason why I’m looking so much forward to this.”
Lippert is the first new signing for Annemiek van Vleuten’s team so far in the transfer period. The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift winner announced her retirement at the end of 2023 and the signing of Lippert will help the team adapt when they lose their top rider.
After three seasons with FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope Brodie Chapman is switching teams. The Australian announced on Monday she would join Trek-Segafredo on a two-year deal through 2024.
“Their combined tactics and strength in the peloton are a force to be reckoned with and it’s something I’ve dreamed about being a part of,” Chapman said. “When Ina (Teutenberg, director) got in contact with me, I had butterflies in my stomach, and that doesn’t happen that often these days. I’m really excited about this opportunity.”
Chapman has been a key domestique for her French team but also has the ability to throw her hat in the ring for results on all types of terrain. A talented climber, Chapman has also shown she can expertly read a race and time a move. She proved this at the Tour of Flanders this season, as well as countless times over the years.
One of cycling’s worst-kept secrets was confirmed on the eve of the Vuelta a España, where Richard Carapaz is one of the favourites to take overall victory.
The Ecuadorian GC rider moved from Movistar to Ineos at the end of the 2019 season, six months after sealing Giro d’Italia victory. He’s had some of his most successful years with the British outfit, albeit without claiming that hard-fought second Grand Tour title. Yet.
The move to EF Education-EasyPost will give Carapaz de facto leader status and his pick of races, and the American team gets a serious contender at the biggest races of the year, around whom they can put to work their already strong lineup of domestiques and climbers, many of them hailing from the same part of the world as their new leader.
Two big homegrown signings for Jumbo-Visma as Dylan van Baarle arrives from British giant Ineos Grenadiers and Wilco Kelderman returns to the Dutch team after six years away.
Paris-Roubaix victor Van Baarle is quite the coup for Jumbo-Visma, who will add further depth to the team’s Classics core while also providing power on the flats in Grand Tours.
Kelderman, meanwhile, has fallen down the pecking order at Bora-Hansgrohe with the arrival of Aleksandr Vlasov and Jai Hindley, the latter’s Giro win earlier this year cementing the Aussie’s place as the team’s GC prospect. A luxury domestique role could be calling for the 31-year-old.
Multi-Time German national champion Lisa Klein has signed a three-year deal with Trek-Segafredo. The time trial specialist spent the last five seasons with Canyon-SRAM.
“To join Trek-Segafredo is the biggest chance in my career and an opportunity for which I am super happy but also highly motivated,” Klein said. “For me, having raced against this team for a while it is inspiring how the riders are racing together and I think I will learn a lot from them. I also want to contribute to the big targets of the team, using each of our talents to reach a common goal.”
“I’m particularly looking forward to taking my time-trialling to the next level with Trek-Segafredo and above all my biggest goals for next year are at the spring Classics. Trek-Segafredo are always up there in these races, and I’d love to add my strength to the Team and hopefully, we can achieve lots of success. Most of all, I’m looking forward to a new challenge and I’m excited to see how it goes!”
The day after announcing Amanda Spratt will join Trek-Segafredo in 2023 the American team added more climbing talent to their future squad in the form of the young Italian talent Gaia Realini.
“This is a dream that comes true, I am super excited,” Realini said in the team’s press release. “I have always looked at Trek-Segafredo as the best team in the peloton. A unique style, the image of the perfect team. I couldn’t really ask for better for my future.”
Realini has had notable performances at the Giro Donne, finishing second in the youth classification in 2021 and third in 2022. In recent years Realini has also raced cyclocross but will focus solely on the road when she joins her new team. The Italian has signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo through 2025.
In an exciting twist, Trek-Segafredo announced the signing of Australian climber Amanda Spratt for 2023 and 2024.
“I’ve spent 11 years with GreenEDGE and I’m so grateful for these years, but I just felt ready for a new challenge and a different environment,” Spratt said. “I may be one of the older riders now, but I still feel young at heart and my move to Trek-Segafredo has me feeling like a kid in a candy store (and I like candy a lot).”
During Spratt’s long run with the Australian squad, she achieved a number of impressive results including the overall title at Emakumeen Bira in 2018, three overall titles in a row at the Santos Tour Down Under from 2017 to 2019, twice third overall at the Giro Donne in 2018 and 2019, and a handful of WorldTour one-day podiums.
“Trek-Segafredo has always been a team I’ve admired so much. From the first year of the women’s team, I really felt they were a team that raised the level of professionalism and support for women,” Spratt said. “I love that the Team has such a strong vision and values and for this reason, it feels like a dream for me to become part of such a special team.”
Spratt is currently working her way back into form after undergoing surgery on her iliac artery in the 2021 off-season. She managed to finish tenth at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April and was looking good at the Giro Donne before testing positive for COVID-19 before the Queen stage. Her climbing ability will fill a hole in Trek-Segafredo as the women’s WorldTour sees more mountainous races introduced to the calendar.
In the wake of the Tour of Scandinavia success, FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope announced the addition of esports world champion Loes Adegeest and young talent Gladys Verhulst.
Adegeest won the second-ever esports world championships in 2021 when she powered ahead of Cecilie Hansen and Zoe Hangham at the last second. She raced for Parkhotel Valkenburg in 2019 and when she was without a contract the following year she posted her power numbers to Twitter in an attempt to find a team.
Verhulst joins the French team fresh off a successful year with Le Col-Wahoo.
Both have signed two-year deals through the 2024 season.
Mavi García, the four-time and current Spanish road race champion, will leave UAE Team ADQ after three years after signing for Liv Racing Xstra.
The 38-year-old has penned a two-year deal which will see her racing into her forties.
UAE Team Emirates on Thursday announced Domen Novak as the third new addition to their 2023 roster. The Slovenian rider has spent the last six seasons with Bahrain-Victorious and will move to UAE Team Emirates through 2024.
Team DSM announced on Thursday the addition of three up-and-coming talents to their women’s WorldTour team. Eleonora Ciabocco of Italy, Maeve Plouffe of Australia and Eglantine Rayer of France will join the Dutch team with contracts through 2024. The trio was announced soon after the team added Daniek Hengeveld, Nienke Vinke and Anna van der Meiden to what appears to be a roster geared towards re-building the team as they will lose Lorena Wiebes to SD Worx.
Plouffe is the most experienced of the three, albiet on the track. The Australian rider has won national titles in the madison, team pursuit, omnium, as well as the time trial on the road. She recently won the individual pursuit at the Milton World Cup.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be joining Team DSM for 2023,” Plouffe said in the team’s press release. “Pursuing a career on the road has long been an ambition of mine, and I can think of no better team to develop with than Team DSM.”
“After seeing some success over the last few years on the track, I’m eager to apply myself to the new challenge of racing on the road. I’ve always admired their Women’s program as the most dialled sprint lead out train in the women’s WorldTour. As a budding lead out rider and sprinter, the opportunity to be a part of this lead out therefore feels like a natural fit for my background and is definitely a career-defining opportunity. I’m feeling incredibly motivated and I can’t wait to put in the work over the Australian summer so that I’m ready to race in my new colours in 2023.”
After announcing her plans to leave the sport earlier this year, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio has decided to postpone her retirement to join AG Insurance-NXTG for the 2023 season. The South African rider has been racing for SD Worx for the past two seasons and will take her 13 years of professional experience to the once U23 team as they step up to the WorldTour.
“I was not even sure if I wanted to continue but when Natascha and I chatted I felt an instant connection to her and the decision was made. We share the same values when it comes to cycling but mostly, we are both incredibly passionate about this sport and the development of women’s cycling,” Moolman-Pasio said.
“Having Jolien behind the wheel and being reunited with her is also a great prospect. She coaches the riders from the car. Her energy helps the team forward. You can already see that now. I can mentor the riders from inside the bunch. Not as their ultimate team leader from an ivory tower but always as part of the unity that the team comes across as. We rise by lifting each other. I am also looking forward to learning from them, despite the age gap.”
Soon after announcing Tim Wellens would join the team for 2023, UAE Team Emirates announced the signing of Felix Großschartner. The Austrian national champion will add to the already abundant climbing talent at UAE Team Emirates.
“I‘m excited to join UAE Team Emirates and I am looking forward to the challenges in the future. It is one of the best teams in the world and I am happy to be a part of it. I am sure that my qualities as a rider are an asset to the team and that I will help to achieve good results,” Großschartner said in a press release issued Wednesday.
Großschartner has achieved some notable general classification results including fourth overall at the Tour de Romandie in 2019 and ninth and 10th overall at the Vuelta a España in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
UAE Team Emirates make their first new signing for 2023 in the shape of the Belgian Tim Wellens.
After a decade with Lotto-Soudal, Wellens leaves the team he turned pro with and moves from a squad scrapping in the relegation spots to sign for Tadej Pogačar’s outfit who sit in the upper echelons of the points ranking with a big-budget squad.
After capping off his comeback from a difficult period with victory on stage 9 of this year’s Tour de France, Bob Jungels will leave Ag2r Citröen after two years with the French team and has signed for Bora-Hansgrohe. The announcement states a “multi-year deal” with the Luxembourg rider but without specific details as to how long the contract is.
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.
Before the team could provide official announcements, the UCI website indicated changes to the EF Education-EasyPost team 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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over at the Ineos Grenadiers, Ethan Hayter has extended his contract through to the end of 2024.
After rumours circulated during the Tour de France that Stefan Küng would break his contract with Groupama-FDJ in the hopes he would find more of a leadership role at a different team, the French team announced a three-year extension for the Swiss time trial specialist.
Trek-Segafredo announced just after the European Championships the extention of their partnership with the ITT world champion Ellen van Dijk. Van Dijk won the world individual time trial on a Trek in 2021 and early in 2022 took the hour record. She has been a core part of the American team since its formation and will continue to singlehandedly pull back breakaways for another two years.
Last updated: October 2