News: Latest from the 2021 Transfer Market

News:  Latest from the 2021 Transfer Market

Stay up to date with the latest cycling transfers across the WorldTour.

As soon as deals are confirmed, we’ll update the list below so you don’t have to scour the web for transfer news.

Romain Bardet

Romain Bardet AG2r La Mondiale Team Sunweb

Frenchman Romain Bardet, who was rumoured to be being courted by Sunweb, has now confirmed he has inked a 2-year deal with the German squad.  Sunweb, who have arguably been without a top-string GC contender since losing Tom Dumoulin to Jumbo at the beginning of the season, have done well to tempt the French rider away from the French squad. 

However, do they have the strength and depth within the team to give Bardet the support he needs to get to the top of a Grand Tour Podium? 

One of the challenges that Dumoulin experienced at the team, despite securing his Giro win in 2017, was being left isolated at the pointy end of the peloton when it mattered most.  The trend of team domination tactics and 'super-domestiques' which Team Sky (now Ineos) have used to such great effect in stage racing in the last decade has meant that GC contender teams have had to build even stronger squads - sometimes with multiple GC capable competitors.  

Greg Van Avermaet

Also confirmed over the weekend, veteran Classics superstar Greg Van Avermaet has confirmed a move to French squad AG2R La Mondiale, and is due to leave CCC Team at the end of the 2020 season.

GVA, who is now 35, has signed a chunky 3-year deal with AG2R, and will link up with fellow classics specialist Oliver Naesen in what looks to be a concerted effort by the squad to target the spring one-day races.

GVA:

“I am happy and motivated to start a new adventure. I have just spent ten beautiful years in the structures of Jim Ochowicz and I am embarking on a new challenge,”

“I am happy that Vincent Lavenu has shown such confidence in me, and I intend to give my best in order to achieve great results. The prospect of working with Oliver Naesen, with the goal of winning classics, is particularly exciting.”

“My goal is always the same: to win races like the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, stages of the Tour de France or wear the yellow jersey for as long as possible.”

The future of CCC Team has been in doubt for a while since the beginning of the C19 pandemic, with the title sponsor announcing they would not be continuing in the sport beyond 2020.  Despite Jim Ochowicz attempting to find a sponsor for the team for 2021, GVA announced he would be heading off at the end of the season.

It seems AG2R La Mondiale are undergoing a revamp of their roster this year.  They announced that Citroën was coming on board as a co-sponsor for next year and tied down Naesen and several other Classics specialists to long-term deals. This, in the wake of exits by Pierre Latour to Direct Energie, and Bardet to Sunweb.

More confirmed transfers

Israel Start-Up Nation confirm they are bolstering their 2021 ranks with experienced Road Captain Daryl Impey - the South African moving from Mitchelton-Scott to join latest star-signing Chris Froome. 

However the team will be losing the services of the German rider, Nils Pollit, who had a storming season in 2019.  A brilliant 2nd place at the Paris-Roubaix behind Philippe Gilbert, a Top 5 at Tour of Flanders, a Silver medal at the German National Time Trials, and a 4th at the Road Race.  The 26yo will be joining Bora for 2021 - and no doubt will enjoy a strong showing at the Spring Classics with the German squad.

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