Cycling’s transfer market is buzzing, with team Euskaltel-Euskadi announcing its end yesterday and Vacansoleil-DCM likely doing the same soon. The long-running Basque team said ‘adios’ after 20 years and left star riders like Samuel Sánchez, Igor Antón and Mikel Nieve scanning the wanted ads.
Astana, according to a report in Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, is close to inking a deal with Mikel Landa. The 23-year-old Basque placed sixth overall in the recent Tour of Burgos. Reportedly, Nieve will join Alberto Contador at Saxo Bank and Antón will join Lampre.
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Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM has yet to announce it is folding but all signs point in that direction. It has lost its principle backers and has yet to announce any new riders for the 2014 season. Up-coming sprinter, Barry Markus signed for Belkin and, as reported in CW’s last transfer round-up, Lieuwe Westra agreed with Astana. Dutchman Wout Poels may join Garmin-Sharp.
Garmin reported on August 8 that it had signed Tour Down Under winner, Tom Jelte Slagter. The Dutchman currently rides with team Belkin. On August 16, it welcomed neo-pro, American Nathan Brown. Martijn Maaskant, according to some, could be leaving the team.
BMC Racing announced last week that it has signed Garmin-Sharp rider, Peter Stetina. Stetina said that part of the reason he joined was to ride with fellow Americans, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen. Peter Velits, joining from Omega Pharma-QuickStep, will add even more weight to BMC’s stage racing team. The deal, announced on August 10, puts the Slovak and his twin brother, Martin in different teams for first time.
Sylvain Chavanel may leave Omega Pharma-QuickStep for Swiss team, IAM Cycling according to various reports. The French star’s signature would certainly help the team join the first division. Andreas Klöden could also join according to Belgium’s Gazet van Antwerpen newspaper, leaving RadioShack-Leopard.
Trek takes over RadioShack’s WorldTour licence in 2014. In addition to Klöden, Maxime Monfort could leave and perhaps join Lotto. Trek announced on August 8 that it signed Japan’s Fumiyuki Beppu, who is currently with Orica-GreenEdge. Italian Fabio Felline (Androni), according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, will also join.
Orica signed Italian champion, Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) on August 12. Last week, Movistar signed Italy’s time trial champion, Adriano Malori from Lampre-Merida. Lampre, in turn, inked a deal with Sacha Modolo, allowing him to leave Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox and ride in the first division.
Team Sky has been quiet. According to various rumours, however, it has eyes for Sebastian Langeveld (Orica-GreenEdge), Philip Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) and Sebastian Henao (Colombia).
Linus Gerdemann secured his return to cycling. Second division African team, MTN-Qhubeka announced on Monday that it contracted the German. Gerdemann wore the yellow jersey in the 2007 Tour de France and won several races but was unable to find a team for the 2013 season.