It's time for the next edition of our long running transfer news series and it's now or never for plenty of WorldTour riders. The off-season is well and truly underway - in fact many riders will return from breaks this week and get back into the swing of things with a visit to the team training camp - if of course they have a team. Even though contracts do not 'officially' begin until the new year, riders who have signed deals with other teams will be showing up to their new base for training, though most likely in unmarked or old kit. For those still without a team, alarm bells will start ringing now - already a couple of 'out of contract' riders have decided to retire, having not been able to find a new team. Here's the latest movers and shakers...
- Mark Cavendish (Sky) to OPQS
- Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) to Sky
- Alex Dowsett (Sky) to Movistar
- Carlos Verona (Burgos) to OPQS
- Jose Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli) to Lampre
- Sep Manmarcke (Garmin-Sharp) to Rabobank (White Label)
- Roberto Ferrari (Androni-Giocattoli) to Lampre
- Valentin Iglinkskiy (Astana) to AG2R
- Jose Rujano (Androni-Giocattoli) to Vaconsoleil
- Joaquim Rodriguez stays with Katusha
Having been unable to secure a new deal for 2013:
- Joost Posthuma (Radioshack Nissan-Trek) retires.
- Jimmy Casper (AG2R) retires.
US Postal/Doping Fall-Out
As a result of the US Postal scandal, associated doping and a firm stance from (unfortunately only a handful) teams, the following riders and director sportif's find themselves without employment:
- Michael Barry leaves Sky as an 'out of contract' rider, though his confession to doping would have meant no further contract anyway
- Bobby Julich (DS) leaves Sky following his admission to past doping
- Matthew White (DS) is sacked by Orica GreenEdge following admission to past doping
- Levi Leipheimer is sacked as a rider by Omega Pharma-QuickStep following revelations that he doped.
Sean Yates (DS) also leave team Sky - official stance is that Yates 'retires' to spend time with family though he was under pressure not to sign Skys 'Sign or Exit' anti-doping declaration thanks to his long history with Lance Armstrong, Discovery and US Postal. Sean Yates maintains that although the timing of his retirement may look suspicious, he had no involvement with doping in during his career.
For parts 1-5 see here. The transfer fun and games continue...