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kathy

Transfers 2015

It's about time we started this.  I've noticed some transfers (as yet not confirmed  of course Very Happy )   on another thread!!
Nolte

bmc signs de marchi
Slapshot 3

Majka gets three more years at Tinkov-Saxo

(made this a sticky, will remove the old file)
Fontfroide

In case any of you are interested in some details of the “Bouhanni move” to Cofidis, here are a few more details from a long interview in l'Equipe.

He has moved with Jacques Decrion, his trainer, and Dominique Rollin (31) to lead out his sprints.  In addition Geoffrey Soupe (26) has also moved from FDJ and Jonas Ahlstrand from Giant, part of the train.  In addition he has Steve Chainel (30) “at his side”.   His programme should include Gand-Wevelgem, Kuurne-B-K and Milan-San Remo, or “classics like that that seem within his reach.  He could not ride these races with Demare in the FDJ team.  Although he is getting 1.3 million euros (a year, although it was not obvious from the exact words if that was per year or for the whole contract), he really moved so he could have "peace of mind", which he didn't have at FDJ.  It is the idea of a whole project built around him that attracted him.  There are no hard feelings apparently, he said he wanted to go and someone said OK.  His programme for the rest of the year is the Eneco Tour and the Vuelta, where Soupe, Veikkanen and Fischer will lead him out.  If he is feeling frisky after the Vuelta, and of course if he is asked, he would be happy to ride the World's.

As most of you know there has been a big cleanout at Cofidis, with Coppel, Le Mevel and Taaramae, among others, being let go.  Adrien Petit, among the almost first rank young French Sprinters, is still at Cofidis.  Bouhanni didn't mention his name.  Julien Simon is also still there at present.
Nolte

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/t...etancur-to-omega-pharma-quickstep

Betancur rumoured for opqs.

haven't they had problems with tempermental wandering south americans before i.e. rujano
Slapshot 3

Sagan to Tinkoff...... jeez didn't that coming...  Wink
gerry12ie

Probably best here...

Is Tinkov trying to get further up everyone's nose with his latest round of Norwegian/EBH tweets?  His reference to Anders Breivik is disgusting

http://blogs.bicycling.com/blogs/...annon?cid=socBL_20140820_30071596
mazda

Both of the tweeters (why is someone who tweets not called a twit?) come rather close to the top of the childishness league table if you ask me.

What Breivik did was appalling, but is referring to it much different from telling someone the whole world hates them ?

Both are just petulant trolls constrained by 140 characters.
Fontfroide

While it is hard, and somewhat futile, to try to rank owners in terms of entertainment, humour, good buys, fairness etc, I think Tinkov will always be rather high on my list of people who will wind me up.  He is the kind of guy who reminds me that making lots of money does not have any relation to character qualities I admire.  And that being a rich Russian is almost enough of an excuse for prejudices to surface.  

Although as a Buddhist Quaker type person, I know that each person has an Inner Light and a Buddha Nature.  And that a cycling team is a commodity like so many other things have become.  You got the money, you can buy the commodity.

Still like cycle racing though.  Even if the "real cyclists" are more like people on this list than people like Oleg Tinkov.
HuwB

Jan Bakelants to AG2R.
gerry12ie

EBH to MTN
Fontfroide

gerry12ie wrote:
EBH to MTN


That deserves a bit of thought.  MTN?  Guess he wanted to be the leader of something.
Bartali

And to think he was once hailed as the new Merckx  Shocked
Fontfroide

Bartali wrote:
And to think he was once hailed as the new Merckx  Shocked


Hang on a minute.  It is well-known that I liked the guy as a rider, and he certainly was hailed as an exciting prospect.  But did anyone ever see him climbing well?  I never heard that.  I thought you had to be able to climb a bit to be hailed as the next Merckx.  

Who said that anyway?  I could be wrong and someone might have said that.  But they would have been silly.  Even Sagan is hailed as brilliant, but limited.  Must be one of the great curses of cycling to be hailed as the "next Merckx".  Like being French and being pushed out as the next Hinault, or being American … whoops.
Bartali

I thought the airwaves were full of that phrase a few years ago ...

http://www.atwistedspoke.com/canc...ddie-jr-title-from-boasson-hagen/

I think it was even put to him in an interview and he answered something like "who was Merckx?"
gerry12ie

Aye - It was mentioned repeatedly some years back and Merckx himself kind of endorsed it.  Anyhow, Edwald wasn't and he needs a chance somewhere else.  Shame really but he got big bucks at Sky and didn't do an awful lot to stake his own claim.  There were better domestiques getting paid an awful lot less elsewhere.

I fear MTN might be to him what IAM have been to Chavanel...
HuwB

Poels to Team Sky:
https://twitter.com/veloropa/status/506333133311328256

Kiserlovski to Tinkpff:
http://www.tinkoffsaxo.com/news/tinkoff-saxo-signs-robert-kiserlovski/

(although this announcement comes from the team, so I'm not sure if it's true or not. Wink )

De Vreese to Astana:
http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/astana_signs_laurens_de_vreese/
Nolte

Bartali wrote:
I thought the airwaves were full of that phrase a few years ago ...

http://www.atwistedspoke.com/canc...ddie-jr-title-from-boasson-hagen/

I think it was even put to him in an interview and he answered something like "who was Merckx?"


looking at an old conversation http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/ftopic966-40.php either i misquoted liggett or liggett thought he could win the tour de frnace

or maybe a little of column a and a little of column b

bos signs for mtn http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/t...eka-confirms-bos-as-team-sprinter

farrar and goss confirms they are leaving their current teams.
i don't think farrar hasn't been the same since wouter weylandt died Sad i think it has really affected him badly, then i also think his father had an accident when he was out riding too

i don't know what has happened to goss
Nolte

farrar joins hagen dasz, bos and ciolek at mtn

perrick fedrigo signs for bretagne. cqrankings guide has damiano cunego rumoured to be another bretagne target
gerry12ie

Sky unveil their not so secret five - Roche, Konig, Poels, Fenn and Nordhaug (again).  The Konig one is interesting - will him and/or Roche expect to lead a GT?
Boogerd_Fan

Giro – Porte
Tour – Froome
Vuelta – Nieve

I’m sorry but I don’t understand Konig’s choice here, except that it was chance to step up to World Tour level.
Fingers crossed he doesn’t end up the way of all the other “potential” riders SKY have used and abused down the years.

Will he focus on the Ardennes classics as SKY leader? While gathering more Top 10 places in GT's where he'll play super-domestique?
gerry12ie

Boogerd_Fan wrote:

Giro – Porte
Tour – Froome
Vuelta – Nieve



That's how I would have called it too, but maybe Nieve isn't nailed on for La Vuelta.  Roche was all huff and puff at Saxo when he went initially about leading a GT but I think he lowered his sights and took to the support role quite well.  Can't see Sky promising him a GT lead slot upfront so maybe he is happy on the bench?  I share your concerns that Konig might get Kiryienka'd Wink
mazda

You forgot the 4th grand tour  Wink
HuwB

Is Henao Snr now the forgotten man in terms of GT leadership?

I don't know why it is, but everybody tends to look at Sky signings in terms of potential GT leadership, then say they can't understand why riders sign for them.

Fact is that Sky ended up only having a leader for the Vuelta and no one for either the Giro or Tour.
So, the opportunities may well be there, but the question is whether Sky can change their game plan to accommodate a change of personnel.
That's the real issue.

Other than that, they are no different to other teams, especially those who often send everybody to the Tour and the leftovers to the other two races.

As it is, the 5 riders they have signed leave a lot to be desired, given the size of the checkbook at Mr Brailsford's disposal.
The team, on paper, is but a shadow of the 2012 roster.

Oh and where is the French Tour rider DB said they were chasing AND ELIO VIVIANI? Sad
Boogerd_Fan

I doubt anyone would argue Konig is anything BUT a future GT contender... fair enough he can have two years learning his trade at SKY and gain more experience at WT level.

But he could also have chosen a smaller team, smaller pay cheque with larger responsibility and better opportunity in the races he'll want to target in 2-3 years time.
HuwB

Sky haven't finished. Viviani and Cobrelli close to signing if this is true:

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=75525
gerry12ie

Tinkov has been having a bit of a go at Roche on Twitter (well, more of a dig at Andrew McQuaid I think).  Looks like Roche was using the Sky offer as leverage so Tinkov opened the door and let him go...

How many Sky riders does young McQuaid have on his roster now? Very Happy
HuwB

Cataldo confirmed to Astana for 1 year.
HuwB

As I posted earlier. Viviani to Sky a done deal, all bar the signature and for the obvious reasons:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/n...looks-forward-to-team-sky-signing
Nolte

aidis kroupis moves from orica to an post
Biosphere

Cannondale-Garmin and Movistar complete 2015 line-ups

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/11...-of-young-and-experienced-riders/

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/11...toso-final-rider-to-be-announced/
Biosphere

If this list means what I think it does, that's an awful lot of riders out of contract. Consequence of the UCI plan to reduce rosters and race days?

http://www.procyclingstats.com/statistics/114-contract-free-riders
HuwB

Biosphere wrote:
If this list means what I think it does, that's an awful lot of riders out of contract. Consequence of the UCI plan to reduce rosters and race days?

http://www.procyclingstats.com/statistics/114-contract-free-riders


The are a small number of slots still to be filled, but that leaves a whole load of riders in the dole queue. Some well known names on that list.
Unfortunately, I can see the UCI's intent to cut team rosters leading to more Iglinsky type incidents.
Nolte

matt brammeier signs for mtn

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/01...-matt-brammeier-on-two-year-deal/

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