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    2018-2019 Transfers

    It looks like itís time to get this thread going. The first rumor up to the plate is Caleb Ewan will reportedly leave Mitchellton Scott to replace Greipel at Lotto Soudal.

    Caleb Ewan reportedly set to move to Lotto-Soudal as replacement for André Greipel - Cycling Weekly
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    Add Betancur possibly leaving Movistar BEFORE the end of the season.

    Also there are the rumors that Quintana will leave at the end of the season as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoroninK View Post
    Add Betancur possibly leaving Movistar BEFORE the end of the season.

    Also there are the rumors that Quintana will leave at the end of the season as well.
    Interesting. It sounds like Landa may be looking for a way out as well.

    CyclingPub.com - 'Mikel Landa regrets move to Movistar'

    I really never understood why he elected to go to a team with clear GC and Classics leaders when he was leaving Sky due to the same problem bothering him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    Interesting. It sounds like Landa may be looking for a way out as well.

    CyclingPub.com - 'Mikel Landa regrets move to Movistar'

    I really never understood why he elected to go to a team with clear GC and Classics leaders when he was leaving Sky due to the same problem bothering him.
    Ditto. Always struck me as an odd move on all fronts.
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    According to my friends in Spain the rumors about Landa are coming from a publication that likes to stir things and isn't very reliable. All the reports they are hearing and things he's actually saying are showing the opposite and that he's glad he went there. Landa is one that will say what he's thinking. He also just did a radio interview where he sounds happy to be at Movistar. One other point is that Quintana has fallen out of favor with the management at Movistar.

    From comments Landa made at the Ardennes, it seems the biggest reason Landa went to Movistar was a combination of wanting to race for a Spanish team again along with wanting to race with Valverde. He said during the Ardennes and racing with Valverde that he learned he still has a lot to learn and wants to continue racing with Valverde for awhile to learn what he can.

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    Rohan Dennis and Phil Bauhaus to Bahrain Merida

    Rohan Dennis 90 per cent set on move to Bahrain-Merida | Cyclingnews.com
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    Wout Van Aert possibly headed to Bahrain Merida:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bahr...sign-van-aert/
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    What's up with this?




    Greipel transferring, quitting or something else??
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    Quote Originally Posted by love4himies View Post
    What's up with this?




    Greipel transferring, quitting or something else??
    They offered him like 1/3 of his current salary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBL450 View Post
    They offered him like 1/3 of his current salary.
    Oh, that's an insult. Hopefully he'll find another team quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by love4himies View Post
    Oh, that's an insult. Hopefully he'll find another team quickly.
    I hear Dimension Data needs a sprinter.
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    They reportedly signed Caleb Ewan a few weeks ago. Greipel should definitely find another ride relatively easily, but he wonít be offered the kind of money he used to make. That generation of sprinters are now second tier it looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    They reportedly signed Caleb Ewan a few weeks ago. Greipel should definitely find another ride relatively easily, but he wonít be offered the kind of money he used to make. That generation of sprinters are now second tier it looks like.
    Greipel and Cav look cooked. Kittle, Iím not so sure. The team change is playing into his performance but heís kind of a head case... You remember, he got left home a few years ago at QS for vaguely reported illness. DS at Katusha is reportedly complaining about him. Heís saying heís disinterested and everything has to break exactly perfectly for him to participate... Heís even saying heís on his phone during team meetings and that his team mates donít have respect for him.
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    I canít see Cavendish going on for much longer. He is a sprinter and that is that. He doesnít appear to be able to mix it with the new elite. Greipel, who has been around for longer, is surprisingly good on some of the hilly northern classics and maybe could look more in that direction. Kittle seems to be fragile mentally. With the 8 man teams in GTs, the days of towing around a dedicated sprinter might be coming to an end, in GTs at least, especially if the current TdF course characteristics of having successive difficult climbs with a tight time cut becomes more common.

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    Agree with you both. Kittel is a diva, plain and simple. The game has changed and left these guys behind to some extent. Greipel definitely has the most value out all of them.

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    Sagan, Gaviria, Ewan, Groenewegen, etc. are the future.

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    Dimension Data signs Valgren. This has to be one of the best moves they have made in a while. They reportedly almost lost their sponsor this season, so I kind of expect them to flip their roster in a major way this offseason. I suspect Cav and his lead out train could be casualties. Getting rid of them could free up quite a bit of money to chase young talent with.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dime...lgren-signing/

    Teuns also signs with Bahrain Merida. Rohan Dennis expected to join them as well. They could have a really strong team next year.

    Teuns inks two-year deal with Bahrain-Merida | Cyclingnews.com
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    Movistar announced today they have signed Marc Soler though the 2021 season. Actually this means Soler is the only rider on their roster signed past the 2019 season (although Valverde will have a new contract as long as he wants one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoroninK View Post
    Movistar announced today they have signed Marc Soler though the 2021 season. Actually this means Soler is the only rider on their roster signed past the 2019 season (although Valverde will have a new contract as long as he wants one).
    Soler is definitely talented and a potential future star. I could see him, Mas, Jungles, and Martinez from EF, being really strong in a few years time.

    Right now, I have Bahrain Merida as the sportís first legitimate threat to Skyís grand tour dominance if the guys they are rumored to be getting join them, they keep the Izagirre brothers and Mohoric and get Nibali healthy. Thatís a deep lineup with Teuns and Rohan Dennis added to Colbrelli, Nibali and everyone else they have. Dumoulin is supper strong, but doesnít have the foot soldiers to seriously put Sky on their heels. Nibali could finally have that if this plays out the right way.

    They also added Caruso and Bauhaus:

    Caruso signs for Bahrain Merida, Teuns linked to team | Cyclingnews.com

    Former cyclocross world champ, Van Aert is rumored to be their Classics target once his current contract expires. If he goes with them instead of Lotto NL Jumbo, this team could be outstanding. If not, they will still need a Classics captain after missing out on both Van Aert and Van Avermaet.

    Bahrain-Merida lead the hunt to sign Van Aert | Cyclingnews.com
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    Van Aert actually heading to Lotto NL Jumbo on a three year deal. Boo!

    Van Aert agrees three-year WorldTour contract with LottoNL-Jumbo | Cyclingnews.com
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    The story of how Ewan and up heading to Lotto Soudal and how Greipel ended up heading out the door. Interesting read.

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    Tejay VG to EF Pro Cycling. Seems like a good fit on multiple levels. I still would love to see him have at least one more great year.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-...-first-drapac/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    Tejay VG to EF Pro Cycling. Seems like a good fit on multiple levels. I still would love to see him have at least one more great year.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-...-first-drapac/
    He would be an amazing super-domestique if he'd only embrace it.

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