WorldTour transfer rumours 2020: Richie Porte to Ineos? Plus the early August done deals

Welcome! The transfer merry-go-round is once again open for business

Richie Porte (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

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Hear that? Listen closely and you might just pick out the tiny pitter-patter of cycling agents, scurrying around trying to get the best deals for their riders ahead of the 2021 season. Of course, they've probably been shopping athletes around for a while as well as taking enquiries from potential suitors, a process that has likely been complicated by the small matter of a global pandemic.

Teams budgets were plunged into jeopardy, with some outfits still floundering from the financial difficulties created by the coronavirus, while many riders took wage cuts and support staff were temporarily laid off to keep organisations afloat during the lack of racing over the past few months.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.