Tinkoff and IAM exit from WorldTour could leave volatile transfer market for riders

The gap left by folding WorldTour teams IAM and TInkoff will mean fewer spots available for riders in the top level of pro cycling

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Riders may have to settle for less this transfer season with supply possibly set to outweigh demand and so grant teams a greater bargaining power.

IAM will cease operations at the end of the year and Tinkoff it is widely believed will also fold through want of a sponsor, leaving a sizeable gap in the 2017 WorldTour that is not guaranteed to be filled by two new ventures offering maximum positions.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.