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2023 September October

2023

October

INEOS announce more contract extensions

Another four contract extensions were announced today by the INEOS Grenadiers, as they go about confirming their roster for the 2024 season.

Laurens de Plus extends for 3 years, and Ben Swift, Kim Heiduk and Luke Rowe all extend for 2 years, as the team shores up for the new season. Earlier in the week they announced the signing of Oscar Rodriguez from Movistar on a 3-year deal.

Source: INEOS Grenadiers
31/10/2023

Quintana returns to Movistar

Nairo Quintana will return to his former team Movistar. The news was revealed by Quintana himself in a video on Movistar's social media on Saturday morning.

Quintana, who spent 8 seasons with the Spanish side, winning two Grand Tours and placing second twice in the Tour de France, returns to them after a year without a team following a doping case in which he was found to have taken tramadol twice during the 2022 Tour de France. He was suspended by his team Arkéa Samsic and did not secure a contract for 2023, though he continued to train.

Quintana signs a one-year deal with Movistar.

Source: Movistar X
28/10/2023

Cycling 'super league' back on the table?

Reports from Reuters suggest that a proposal to form a competitive pro cycling league are currently being discussed, with rumours of major investor interest.

The report states that INEOS Grenadiers and Jumbo Visma are among the teams currently involved in the talks, and that it could incorporate a number of current races, and result in a greater pay-out for teams and riders, as opposed to the lion's share of income from races being kept by organisers. It's not the first time such a league has been suggested; the last time was in 2012 but nothing came of the proposal.

More as we have it.

Source: Reuters
26/10/2023

Egan Bernal to target Vuelta 2024 GC

INEOS Grenadiers' Colombian climber Egan Bernal hopes to return to Grand Tour GC contention in 2024, with the Vuelta a España a potential target.

He revealed his plans on Colombian podcast Táchalo, stating that he really hopes to be able to be in the mix once again for overall victory at a Grand Tour. The rider has been on the long road to recovery from a serious training accident in January 2022. He racked up 79 race days in 2023, achieving a number of top ten placements in stage races, with his most recent notable result 8th place on stage 18 of La Vuelta.

Source: Domestique X

26/10/2023

Evenepoel to target Giro-Tour double in 2024?

Soudal-QuickStep boss Patrick Lefevre suggested yesterday that Remco Evenepoel may target GC at both the Giro d'Italia AND the Tour de France in 2024.

He states that alongside other major goals such as the Olympics next summer, that it would be a tough route for the 23-year-old Belgian to take, but that he currently has a score to settle at the Giro. Though the Tour may also be on the cards, Lefevre added 'it doesn’t seem like the best idea' and that he and the team may advise against this challenging programme.

Source: Global Cycling Network

25/20/2023

Tour de France 2024 routes revealed

The routes for the 2024 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes were revealed at a presentation in Paris today.

The Tour de France Femmes begins with three stages in the Netherlands, incorporating one 'double' stage on the second day, with a short road stage followed by a short test against the clock.

The fourth stage begins in Bastogne and takes the peloton into France. The final day is also the Queen stage, and features the legendary Alpe d'Huez, as rumoured last week.

The men's route begins with three stages in the Piedmont region of Italy, including a record-breaking amount of altitude metres on stage 1, before heading into the Alps early, with an ascent of the Col du Galibier on stage 4. There is a gravel stage on stage 9, several days in the Pyrenees, and a final mountain test on stage 20 before an individual time trial from Monaco to Nice concludes the Tour, keeping the GC race exciting until the last.

Full details on the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes websites.

25/10/2023

August signs; Rodriguez extends at INEOS

Announcements continue to issue from the INEOS Grenadiers camp this week, following the contract extension of Geraint Thomas on Monday.

Carlos Rodriguez confirmed he would remain at the team, signing a four-year contract that will keep him at the British team until 2027. Today the team officially announced the arrival of American off-road talent AJ August, which had been strongly rumoured over the summer. August will begin his pro career with the team, and stay with the team through the end of the 2026 season.

Source: INEOS Grenadiers

25/10/2023

Jayco-Alula women's team confirms roster and name change

Team Jayco Alula will become Liv Alula Jayco on the women's side for 2024, following their merger with Liv Racing TeqFind. The team also confirmed its final roster for next season in this morning's press release, featuring 16 riders, 5 of whom transfer across from this season's Liv Racing squad. The most notable of these is Mavi Garcia. The 39-year-old will continue her career as one of the women's peloton's veterans, providing valuable experience to the younger riders.

The team most recently announced the signing of young Australian talent Ella Wyllie, who at 21, is the youngest member of the squad.

Source: GreenEDGE Cycling

25/10/2023

Vingegaard and Vollering take Velo d'Or honours

Winners of their respective Tours de France in 2023, Jonas Vingegaard and Demi Vollering took home top honours in the prestigious Velo d'Or ceremony in Paris on Tuesday night.

The two were awarded the honours ahead of other candidates, including Mathieu van der Poel and Lotte Kopecky, who were voted in second place respectively for the men and women. Tadej Pogačar and Annemiek van Vleuten were voted in third place. Van der Poel and Kopecky claimed the inaugural Eddy Merckx trophies for best classics riders as a consolation.

The Bernard Hinault prize for best French riders were awarded to Christophe Laporte and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot.

Source: Cycling News

24/10/2023

Geraint Thomas extends at INEOS

Two more years for the Welshman at the British team, as today they announce a contract extension that will mean one of their key leaders remains on board until the end of 2025.

It's an important move for the Grenadiers, who have yet to announce any new signings, as there is currently some uncertainty about their future, with regard to financial backing. Securing the services of their most experienced leader for two more seasons is a sign that perhaps, the ship may be steadying - our ears remain to the ground for news of any new arrivals, and we will bring you updates as we have them.

Source: INEOS Grenadiers

23/10/2023

Movistar announce new riders

Movistar have released a slew of signing announcements in the past 24 hours. The Spanish team have mainly focused on bringing in new young talent, with the acquisition of 21-year-old Italian Manlio Moro, 22-year-old Carlos Canal, Burgos-BH's Pelayo Sanchez (23), who achieved a podium spot on stage 20 of this year's Vuelta, and 24-year-old Javier Romo, winner of the white jersey at this year's Vuelta a Burgos.

Perhaps the headline act of the collection however is today's news of the arrival of Davide Formolo from UAE Team Emirates. The Italian brings a wealth of experience and arrives off the back of some good late season form, taking two wins in the autumn racing block.

UPDATE: as of this afternoon, Remi Cavagna will now also be a Movistar rider as of 2024. The French time trial champion moves from Soudal-QuickStep after 7 seasons with the team.

Source: Movistar X

/10/2023

Træen seals World Tour opportunity with Bahrain

28-year-old Norwegian Torstein Træen was announced as Bahrain-Victorious' latest signing today.

Part of the Scandinavian team Uno-X since 2017, Træen made an impression this season with some strong climbing and GC performances, including narrowly missing out on his first pro win at the Tour of the Alps in April.

He will make the step up to World Tour level for the first time in 2024.

Source: Bahrain-Victorious

19/10/2023

Movistar announce new riders

Movistar have released a slew of signing announcements in the past 24 hours. The Spanish team have mainly focused on bringing in new young talent, with the acquisition of 21-year-old Italian Manlio Moro, 22-year-old Carlos Canal, Burgos-BH's Pelayo Sanchez (23), who achieved a podium spot on stage 20 of this year's Vuelta, and 24-year-old Javier Romo, winner of the white jersey at this year's Vuelta a Burgos.

Perhaps the headline act of the collection however is today's news of the arrival of Davide Formolo from UAE Team Emirates. The Italian brings a wealth of experience and arrives off the back of some good late season form, taking two wins in the autumn racing block.

UPDATE: as of this afternoon, Remi Cavagna will now also be a Movistar rider as of 2024. The French time trial champion moves from Soudal-QuickStep after 7 seasons with the team.

Source: Movistar X

19/10/2023

Rui Costa makes EF switch

In one of the headline signing announcements of the week, veteran breakaway specialist Rui Costa will move from Intermarché–Circus–Wanty to EF Education-EasyPost in 2024.

The 37-year-old Portuguese has enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2023, with 5 UCI wins, after a barren spell with no victories since 2020. He'll look to continue the strong form that has seen him claim a stage at La Vuelta this season, at his new team, where he will have considerable experience to share with the team.

Source: EF X

18/10/2023

Alpe d'Huez finish rumoured for TDF Femmes

Wielerflits reports this morning of a credible rumour surrounding the route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes.

The race, which takes place later than its usual place on the schedule next year due to the Paris Olympics, on 12-18 August, begins in the Netherlands, and may apparently feature a finish on the legendary climb on the final weekend. Details will be confirmed during the route presentation, on 25th October, so not long to wait to find out whether or not this one holds water.

Source: Wielerflits

16/10/2023

New title sponsor for Jumbo-Visma

After all the merger chaos and disappointment as the potential Amazon sponsorship did not materialise, it's a relief to hear this morning that Team Jumbo-Visma have secured a replacement title sponsor as Jumbo depart in 2024.

The team will become Visma-Lease A Bike, with financial backing coming from the Dutch company, a subsidiary of the Pons transport multinational and bike distribution group. The company already sponsors the team but is set to grow its investment in 2024.

For a team as successful and prominent as Jumbo-Visma to have had a few hiccups along the way when trying to secure sponsorship is a concern, for all with a vested interest in the sport, and any new sponsorship is positive, particularly when it comes from a brand connected with the sport.

Source: GCN

16/10/2023

Fenix-Deceuninck head off-road

Women's road racing team Fenix-Deceuninck have announced their plans to form a cyclocross team, led by Dutch champion Puck Pieterse. While Pieterse was racing for Alpecin-Deceuninck last season, the women's branch of the team will become a separate entity, with support provided by some of the other multi-discipline riders on the road team, including Yara Kastelijn and Millie Couzens.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado remains with the Alpecin-Deceuninck team. Alvarado doesn't currently race on the road, and as a UCI registered cyclocross team Alpecin are required to have at least one woman.

Source: Fenix-Deceuninck

14/10/2023

Giro 2024 Route revealed; women's race revamped

The Giro d'Italia held a presentation for their 2024 route last week and there's plenty to get excited about ahead of next season's first Grand Tour. One of the toughest Grande Partenzas in recent Giro history, in the region of Piedmont, the Passo dello Stelvio as the Cima Coppi (though arguably in a rather bizarre position on the stage in which it features), a smattering of 'sterrato' white roads, and some epic mountain-top finishes.

The Giro Donne will be taken over by the same company who run the Giro d'Italia, RCS, and the race has been renamed the Giro d'Italia Women, with a route announcement expected imminently. See below for full stage details.

Source: Giro d'Italia

13/10/2023

More young female talent for Lidl-Trek

Lidl-Trek have continued in their quest to secure the signatures of emerging female cycling talent, signing World Junior Time Trial champion Felicity Wilson-Haffenden. The Australian becomes the third junior in just a few weeks to pledge her future to the American team, following their acquisition of the Holmgren twins Ava and Isabella, and British talent Izzy Sharp, in late August.

Source: Lidl-Trek

12/10/2023

Keukeleire retires

Belgian rider Jens Keukeleire revealed that the Tour of Guangxi, where he is currently racing, will be the final competitive outing of his racing career.

The 34-year-old, currently riding for EF Education-EasyPost, made the announcement on Thursday. Keukeleire has had a number of wins in his career, including a stage at the Vuelta a Espana. His longest stint at a single team was 6 years at Orica-GreenEdge.

Source: Wielerflits

12/10/2013

Mikhels, Thijssen withdrawn after sharing racist images 

Two riders from the Intermarché–Circus–Wanty squad have been withdrawn ahead of the Tour of Guangxi in China, following images shared on Instagram involving racist gestures.

Madis Mikhels and Gerben Thijssen have both been removed from the Belgian side and will no longer take part in the race, which begins tomorrow. Reaction from the team was posted across social media.

Source: Intermarché–Circus–Wanty

11/10/2023

Homecoming for Caleb Ewan

Unsettled Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan confirmed his departure from Lotto-DSTNY today on the same day that it was officially announced he would ride for Team Jayco-Alula in 2024.

The 29-year-old has had a difficult season, with persistent reports of unrest between himself and the Lotto side where he has spent the past four seasons. He will return to the side where he began his professional career, in the hope he can hit the high notes once again next season, though he will have Dutch powerhouse Dylan Groenewegen to contend with.

The announcement was delivered via probably the most original video you're likely to see this year; check it out here.

Source: Team Jayco-Alula

11/10/2023

Faulkner moves to EF

American Kristen Faulkner makes the move from Team Jayco-Alula to EF Pro Cycling, as announced by the team. 

The 30-year-old Alaskan native had a difficult 2023 season, suffering injuries following crashes, but she will hope to bounce back in 2024 to the kind of fitness that saw her take two stages and the QOM jersey at the 2022 Giro Donne.

It's another strong signing for an EF side who are building steadily in preparation for the new season.

Source: EF Pro Cycling

10/10/2023

Pridham shifts to Women's World Tour

Former Lotto-DSTNY and Israel-Premier Tech DS Cherie Pridham has today been announced as a new member of staff at UAE Team ADQ. The first woman ever to achieve a men's World Tour victory will make the move to supporting the women's side of the sport from 2024.

Source: UAE Team ADQ

10/10/2023

Movistar announce 20 riders for 2024

The Spanish team today confirmed 20 names for their roster for the new season. It included 12 contract extensions, for the likes of Mattias Norsgaard, Fernando Gaviria and Nelson Oliveira.

Source: Movistar Twitter

10/10/2023

Tractor Tim transfers to TrekTractor Tim transfers to Trek

Peloton driver and valuable domestique, 34-year-old Tim Declercq, has departed Soudal-QuickStep after 7 years to join Lidl-Trek.

The move, which was rumoured a couple of weeks ago, was finally confirmed by the team this morning. Lidl-Trek have signed a number of riders for next season, and look set to be one of the most exciting teams in 2024.

Source: Lidl-Trek

10/10/2023

Van Dijk announces birth of son

Lidl-Trek rider Ellen van Dijk announced the safe arrival of her son with partner Benjamin de Bruijn. Faas Valentijn de Bruijn was born on 4th October. 

Lidl-Trek have been praised for their approach to maternity cover for their female riders, with Lizzie Deignan returning to the WWT peloton this season following the birth of her second child.

Source: Ellen van Dijk instagram

08/10/2023

Super-team merger off the table

Sporza reports today that a proposed merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep will no longer go ahead, with both QuickStep boss Patrick Lefevre and their chief financial backer Zdenek Bakala pledging to remain with the team until 2025.

The news suggests that by extension, Remco Evenepoel will remain at QuickStep and, following the departure of Primož Roglič, offers the tantalising prospect of a potential four-way battle for the Tour de France GC in 2024.

Source: Wielerflits

06/10/2023

BORA seal the deal with Primož Roglič

After days of speculation over his destination, BORA hansgrohe have today confirmed the signing of Primož Roglič. 

Roglič leaves Jumbo-Visma after seven fruitful years with the team, with his main target for 2024 the Tour de France, where he will likely be sole leader for BORA. 

Source: BORA hansgrohe

06/10/2023

Astana add Mørkøv, Anastopoulos

The stars are aligning for Mark Cavendish at Astana as the team today confirmed the signing of two more key members of the team who helped him deliver four stage wins at the 2021 Tour de France.

Lead-out man extraodinaire Michael Mørkøv and trainer Vasilis Anastopoulos were both involved in Cavendish's incredible 2021 Tour performance and they are added to a roster of staff and riders which includes Mark Renshaw, Cavendish's former lead-out companion, and Davide Ballerini, another member of Cav's lead-out train in 2021. 

It's a canny piece of business from Astana owner Vinokourov and the surest sign yet that Cavendish will not only be in attendance at the 2024 Tour de France, but will attempt to achieve win number 35.

Source: Astana-Qazaqstan Team

04/10/2023

One more year for Cavendish

It's the news cycling fans around the world have been waiting for. Mark Cavendish announced officially this morning that he would extend his contract with Astana-Qazaqstan Team for one further year, meaning he will have the opportunity to return to the Tour de France one more time.

Here's the man himself with the announcement.

04/10/2023

Arkéa–Samsic sign Sénéchal

The former French champion is the latest departure from Soudal-QuickStep, as the future of the Wolfpack continues to hang in the balance.

Sprinter and classics specialist Sénéchal joins the likes of Arnaud Démare to strengthen the squad of the French side.

Source: Arkéa–Samsic

02/10/2023

UAE secure Del Toro

The winner of this year's Tour de l'Avenir, 19-year-old Mexican rider Isaac del Toro, has today signed for UAE Team Emirates. It's yet another strong signing from the Emirati side who continue to amass young talent.

Source: UAE Team Emirates

01/10/2023

September

Roglič confirms Jumbo departure

Speaking to journalists in the mixed zone ahead of the Giro dell'Emilia today, Primož Roglič confirms he will leave Jumbo-Visma at the end of the 2023 season, bringing an end to speculation over whether or not he will remain at the team, regardless of the outcome of the potential merger with Soudal-QuickStep. 

News of his destination is expected tomorrow (1st Oct) but Daniel Benson at GCN claims the deal may be worth 6 million Euros.

Source: Jumbo-Visma; GCN

30/09/2023

Portsmouth signs pro contract

21-year-old British rider Tom Portsmouth and writebikerepeat.com contributor has signed for the Bingoal WB team for 2024 - huge congratulations on the promotion from the development team from everyone here at writebikerepeat.com and best of luck for your neo pro year Tom!

Source: Bingoal WB

28/09/2023

Amazon to replace Jumbo - latest

It's been a rollercoaster of rumours and speculation since the news broke on Sunday of a possible merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep, and the latest piece of the puzzle is a potential new title sponsor.

According to sports marketer Chris Woerts, speaking to Dutch sports new site In de Leiderstrui, the deal will be worth 15 million Euro, with Visma investing 10 million, and would be a direct replacement for Jumbo.

With the injection of cash from the global shopping site, it would seem a merger with Patrick Lefevre's team would no longer be required, however the article goes on to allege the deal is still on the table, with Jumbo-Visma team manager Richard Plugge keen to secure the services of Remco Evenepoel, according to Woerts.

Source: In de Leiderstrui

29/09/2023

Roglič looks set for Jumbo-Visma Departure

According to a report in Wielerflits today, it looks almost certain that Slovenian multiple Grand Tour-winner Primož Roglič will leave the Dutch side he has ridden for since 2016. He's currently under contract with them until 2025, so this news adds further fuel to the fire surrounding the rumoured merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep, as the new team would have to ship a number of riders from their books in order to meet UCI regulations.

Currently, INEOS Grenadiers appear to be leading the race to sign Roglič, who won this year's Giro d'Italia, although Lidl-Trek are also rumoured to be in the running.

Source: Wielerflits

28/09/2023

Mark Cavendish after his 17th stage win at the Giro d'Italia, in May 2023

Cavendish to ride on into 2024?

According to Dutch News Outlet AD, 34-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish is about to extend his contract at Astana-Qazaqstan.

After crashing out of this year's Tour de France, it was uncertain whether or not the Manx Missile would return to the sport, as 2023 was due to be his final season in the peloton. However, an agreement which will see almost certainly see him take on one final Tour de France in an attempt to surpass the record he currently shares with Eddy Merckx has been reached,with just a few final details left to be ironed out, reports suggest.

Source: AD

27/09/2023

Contract extensions for Team DSM firmenich WWT stars

Star sprinter Charlotte Kool, classics specialist, lead-out rider and current British champion Pfeiffer Georgi and German sprinter Franziska Koch all extend their contracts with Team DSM firmenich,

The announcement was made on Tuesday in a cute Toy Story-inspired reveal video.

Source: Team DSM firmenich

26/09/2023

Two more for Groupama-FDJ

British rider Matt Walls makes the move from BORA hansgrohe while French rider Cyril Barthe steps up from Pro Team level, moving from his latest team Burgos BH to ride at World Tour level for the first time in his career.

Source: Equipe Groupama-FDJ

26/09/2023

Luke Plapp set to leave Ineos for Jayco-Alula

The transfer is not yet confirmed, but is close to completion, according to GCN's Daniel Benson.

The Australian time trial champion would become the latest rider to depart the British team, who have seen something of an exodus so far this transfer season, with Tao Geoghegan Hart, Dani Martinez, Pavel Sivakov and Ben Tulett already having signed elsewhere.

Plapp has a year left on his contract but it looks as though negotiations are heading towards a mutual termination

Source: GCN

26/09/2023