Thursday, 2 August 2012

Transfers: Ins, Outs And The Rumour Mill

The end of the Tour de France means one thing: It's transfer time. Riders will now start signing their deals for next year, whether that means staying or going elsewhere. Usually by now we have some idea as to where the big names may will end up. The Tour usually provides us with clues as to who's going where, by watching closely you can often catch a glimpse of riders talking to rival team management which of course sends the cycling news sites, magazines and papers into silly season overdrive. Here's a round up of all the transfer talk so far...

Confirmed Movers

  • Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) to Astana
  • Nicolas Roche (Ag2r) to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
  • Davide Appollonio (Sky) to Ag2r-La Mondiale
  • Carlos Bettancur (Acqua & Sapone) to Ag2r-La Mondiale


  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Maxim Iglinskiy stays with Astana
  • Graeme Brown stays at Rabobank
  • Alberto Contador stays at Saxobank-Tinkoff Bank

The Rumour Mill 

  • Roman Kreuziger (Astana) to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
  • Mark Cavendish (Sky) to Omega-Pharma Quickstep
  • Michael Rogers (Sky) to Orica Greenedge
  • Fabian Cancellara (RSNT) to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, BMC, Sky
  • Jens Voigt (RSNT) to Sky, Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
  • Jakob Fuglsang (RSNT) to Astana, Omega-Pharma Quickstep
  • Christopher Froome (Sky) to Astana
  • Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) to Sky

This is just the start and there is sure to be plenty of talk right up until Christmas so I expect to revisit this post and create new instalments. There are always some audacious rumours and some twists and turns along the way that usually makes up the bulk of excitement during the off-season, but let's not try and think of those dark, cold days too much just yet...

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