Richie Porte, Joaquim Rodriguez and Sylvain Chavanel feature in the latest transfer rumours in the WorldTour
As if July wasn’t busy enough in the cycling world, what with the Tour de France encapsulating us all for three weeks, it’s also a month that the transfer rumours start circulating.
Under UCI rules, transfers are not allowed to be announced until August 1, but that doesn’t mean that the riders, agents and team managers aren’t discussing deals.
Keep up to date with the latest rumours and news here, but remember most are only rumours at this stage!
Richie Porte to BMC?
Australian Richie Porte admitted recently that he may look to leave Team Sky to guarantee leading a team at a Grand Tour. As he rightly pointed out, there’s only a few teams in the Pro peloton where he wouldn’t be the number one contender for the Tour de France leadership.
But moving to BMC is a slightly strange one, though, as the American team already have a reasonably competent general classification leader for the Tour in the shape of Tejay van Garderen.
Sure, BMC have a budget to rival Team Sky, so paying Porte would likely not be a problem, but he may have to settle for the Giro d’Italia once more if he moves.
Mikel Landa to Movistar?
Landa was one of the surprise packages of the Giro d’Italia and arguably Astana’s strongest rider in the race, despite finishing third behind teammate Fabio Aru.
The Spaniard rode for Euskadi-Euskatel for two years before joining Astana and could be in line to return to his home land with Movistar, according to L’Equipe.
With Alejandro Valverde‘s GC days seemingly over, Landa could be the perfect compliment to Nairo Quintana to lead in the Grand Tours. Two incredibly talented 25-year-olds heading up the team would hold them in great stead for years to come.
Joaquim Rodriguez to stay at Katusha, but Dani Moreno to leave
Katusha boss Vladimir Ekimov has intimated that Joaquim Rodriguez will remain at the Russian team for another year, with apparent faith the 36-year-old can still deliver results.
While he’s not looked at his best in the Grand Tours over recent years, there’s no doubt he can still compete in the mountains and in shorter races.
And his burst up the Mur de Huy on stage three of the Tour de France shows that he’s a good bet for stage wins, even if he is already out of contention for the overall title.
Moreno, on the other hand, looks likely to leave having failed to rediscover the form of his excellent 2013 season in recent years.
Sylvain Chavenel leaving IAM Cycling
Another veteran without a team for 2016 will be Sylvain Chavanel – the time trial expert and breakaway lover has been told he can leave IAM Cycling.
According to L’Equipe, the Swiss team are looking to reorganise their team to focus on delivering results for their sprinters. As such, the 36-year-old Chavanel is now surplus to requirements.
Geraint Thomas gives Cycling Weekly a guided tour of Cardiff