By Tim Bonville-Ginn published
The road cycling transfer season is in full swing with teams allowed to announce who will be riding in their colours in the 2022 season.
Already, we have seen some huge names switch teams with Sam Bennett being confirmed to be re-joining Bora-Hansgrohe as Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann move on to Team TotalEnergies and UAE Team Emirates respectively.
Lotte Kopecky is the biggest name on the women's side of the peloton to be on the move as she joins SD Worx along with European time trial champion, Marlen Reusser.
But they aren't the only moved to get excited about, as some teams have really gone wild on the spending. Bora-Hansgrohe, UAE Team Emirates and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux are just three teams who have been splashing the cash.
Bora, as well as signing Bennett again, have brought in a mix of sprint lead-out men and general classification contenders such as Aleksandr Vlasov from Astana, Giro d'Italia 2020 runner up Jai Hindley from DSM and Sergio Higuita from EF Education-Nippo.
João Almeida is probably the biggest name to be jumping ship as he joins UAE Team Emirates from Deceuninck - Quick-Step after a very successful season that saw him take his first wins. George Bennett, Marc Soler and Alvaro Hodeg are also set to join the team.
Intermarché have been busy strengthening their pool of talent, including former European champion, Alexander Kristoff from UAE Team Emirates. They have signed exceptionally talented Eritrean rider Biniam Ghirmay from Delko on a mid-season transfer before he took second at the U23 World Championships rod race.
Vincenzo Nibali is making the unsurprising switch back to Astana after five seasons away. Jakob Fuglsang left Astana to join Israel Start-Up Nation, along with Hugo Houle in a move that makes a lot of sense with big Canadian and Danish presence in the team.
Leaving Astana is Spanish road race champion, Omar Fraile in a surprise move to British super-team, Ineos Grenadiers.
One of the biggest surprises was Dylan Groenewegen breaking his contract with Team Jumbo-Visma to join Team BikeExchange-Jayco in 2022.
Victor Campenaerts returns to Lotto-Soudal after three seasons at Qhubeka-NextHash. Giacomo Nizzolo was the next to leave the South African squad, with the former European and Italian champion moving to Israel Start-Up Nation for 2022.
Also, John Degenkolb returns to Team DSM after a few seasons away at Trek-Segafredo and Lotto-Soudal, Esteban Chaves leaves Team BikeExchange to join EF Education-Nippo, Miguel Ángel López rejoins Astana after a year at Movistar and young Brit Lewis Askey has moved up to the main Groupama-FDJ WorldTour team from their development team.
The Ilan Van Wilder and Team DSM contract saga has finally concluded with the young Belgian talent joining Deceuninck - Quick-Step for 2022.
Lots of riders are also deciding to retire with André Greipel and Dan Martin both leaving Israel Start-Up Nation and the pro peloton at the end of the year, along with multiple others leaving the pro scene. Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) has also retired from racing after winning the mixed relay at the World Championships.
Anna van der Breggen retiring grabs the headlines for the end of this season as the double world champion and former Olympic champion ends her racing career with SD Worx.
More big names in the sport is Grace Brown who joins French team FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope for next season with Reusser joining super-team SD Worx.
Coryn Labecki, was Rivera, was confirmed to be joining Jumbo-Visma in 2022 from DSM on a two year deal.
Hannah Barnes leaves Canyon-SRAM to head to the new Scandinavian team, Uno-X for the 2022 season as the squads' main leader. Joining Canyon-SRAM is Australian rider Sarah Roy.
Here is the list of riders who are on the move to and from WorldTour teams in the men's and women's pelotons.
Men's WorldTour transfers for the 2022 season
Ag2r Citroën Team
Ins: Clément Berthet (Delko), Antoine Raugel (Continentale Groupama-FDJ), Felix Gall (DSM)
Out: Tony Gallopin (Trek-Segafredo), François Bidard (Cofidis), Julien Duval (Retiring), Ben Gastauer (Retiring), Mathias Frank (Retiring), Mathias Frank (Retiring)
Astana Qazaqstan Team
Ins: Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Gianni Moscon (Ineos Grenadiers), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Joe Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates), Leonardo Basso (Ineos Grenadiers), Sebastian Henao (Ineos Grenadiers), Miguel Ángel López (Movistar), Nuerbegen Nurlykhassym (Astana development), Antonio Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), Alexandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates), Michele Gazzoli (Colpack-Ballan), Simone Velasco (Gazprom-RusVelo), Andrey Zeits (BikeExchange)
Out: Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonas Gregaard (Uno-X), Merhawi Kudus (EF Education-Nippo), Oscar Rodriguez (Movistar), Ion Izagirre (Cofidis), Alex Aranburu (Movistar), Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), Jakob Fuglsang (Israel Start-Up Nation), Hugo Houle (Israel Start-Up Nation), Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange), Omar Fraile (Ineos Grenadiers)
Ins: Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Shane Archbold (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Danny van Poppel (Intermarché), Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo), Jai Hindley (DSM), Marco Haller (Bahrain Victorious), Sergio Higuita (EF-Nippo), Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), Jonas Koch (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Luis-Joe Lührs (Junior rider)
Out: Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies), Maciej Bodnar (TotalEnergies), Daniel Oss (TotalEnergies), Rüdiger Selig (Lotto-Soudal), Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates), Michael Schwarzmann (Lotto-Soudal), Andreas Schillinger (Retiring), Erik Baška (Dukla Banska Bystrica), Juraj Sagan (TotalEnergies)
Ins: Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation), Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ), Alexis Renard (Israel Start-Up Nation), François Bidard (Ag2r-Citroën), Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech), Wesley Kreder (Intermarché), Davide Villella (Movistar), Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-NextHash), Sander Armée (Qhubeka-NextHash), Alexandre Delettre (Delko)
Out: Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), Fabio Sabatini (Retiring), Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers)
Quick-Step - AlphaVinyl
Ins: Jason Osbourne (Stagiaire/UCI E-sports world champion), Martin Svrcek (Franco Ballerini Team), Ethan Vernon (Neo-pro), Louis Vervaeke (Alpecin-Fenix), Mauro Schmid (Qhubeka-NextHash), Ilan Van Wilder (DSM)
Out: Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe), João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), Alvaro Hodeg (UAE Team Emirates), Ian Garrison (L39ION)
Ins: Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange), Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché), Merhawi Kudus (Astana-Premier Tech), Ben Healy (Trinity Racing), Georg Steinhauser (Tirol-KTM), Merijn van den Berg (Groupama-FDJ), Sean Quinn (Hagens Berman-Axeon), James Shaw (Ribble-Weldtite), Łukasz Wiśniowski (Qhubeka-NextHash)
Out: Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mitchel Docker (Retiring), Moreno Hofland (Retiring), Tejay Van Garderen (Retiring), Will Barta (Movistar), Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo), Fumiyuki Beppu (Retiring)
Ins: Michael Storer (DSM), Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels), Lewis Askey (Continentale Groupama-FDJ), Bram Welten (Arkéa-Samsic)
Out: Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis), Simon Guglielmi (Arkéa-Samsic), Alexys Brunel (UAE Team Emirates), William Bonnet (Retiring), Merijn van den Berg (EF Education-Nippo), Mickaël Delage (Retiring)
Ins: Lucas Plapp (Inform-TMX-MAKE), Ben Tulett (Alpecin-Fenix), Magnus Sheffield (Rally Cycling), Kim Heiduk (Lotto-Kern Haus), Omar Fraile (Astana-Premier Tech), Ben Turner (Trinity Racing), Elia Viviani (Cofidis)
Out: Michał Gołaś (Retiring), Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma), Gianni Moscon (Astana), Iván Sosa (Movistar), Leonardo Basso (Astana), Sebastian Henao (Astana)
Ins: Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates), Biniam Ghirmay (Delko), Stijn Daemen (ABLOC/Stagiaire), Dries de Pooter (SEG/Stagiaire), Maxime Jarnet (Villefranche Beaujolais/Stagiaire), Julius Johansen (Uno-X), Hugo Page (Equipe Continentale Groupama-FDJ), Dimitri Claeys (Qhubeka-NextHash), Adrien Petit (TotalEnergies), Barnabás Peák (BikeExchange), Dries De Pooter (SEG Academy), Madis Mihkels (Ampler)
Out: Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonas Koch (Bora-Hansgrohe), Odd Christian Eiking (EF Education-Nippo), Wesley Kreder (Cofidis), Ludwig de Winter (Retiring)
Israel Start-Up Nation
Ins: Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech), Hugo Houle (Astana-Premier Tech), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-NextHash)
Out: Alexis Renard (Cofidis), Hugo Hofstetter (Arkéa-Samsic), Dan Martin (Retiring), André Greipel (Retiring), Norman Vahtra (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole)
Ins: Rüdiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jarrad Drizners (Axeon Hagen Bermans), Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-NextHash), Cedric Beullens (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
Out: John Degenkolb (DSM), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix), Tosh van der Sande (Jumbo-Visma), Marcel Siebert (Retiring), Tomasz Marczyński (Retiring)
Ins: Oscar Rodriguez (Astana-Premier Tech), Max Kanter (DSM), Alex Aranburu (Astana-Premier Tech), Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural), Gorka Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech), Iván Sosa (Ineos Grenadiers), Vinícius Rangel (Telco.m-On Clima-Osés), Will Barta (EF Education-Nippo)
Out: Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates), Miguel Ángel López (Astana), Davide Villella (Cofidis), Dario Cataldo (Trek-Segafredo)
Team Bahrain Victorious
Ins: Filip Maciejuk (Leopard Pro Cycling), Luis León Sánchez (Astana-Premier Tech), Johan Price-Pejtersen (Uno-X), Alejandro Osorio (Caja Rural), Jasha Sütterlin (DSM), Edoardo Zambanini (Zalf–Euromobil–Désirée–Fior)
Out: Marco Haller (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Ins: Kelland O'Brien (Inform-TMX-MAKE), Matteo Sobrero (Astana-Premier Tech), Jesús David Peña (Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW), Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo), Alexandre Balmer (Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ), Campbell Stewart (Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy), Jan Maas (Leopard Pro Cycling), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)
Out: Esteban Chaves (EF Education-Nippo), Rob Stannard (Alpecin-Fenix), Brent Bookwalter (Retiring), Andrey Zeits (Astana), Mikel Nieve (Caja Rural), Barnabás Peák (Intermarché)
Ins: John Degenkolb (Lotto-Soudal), Jonas Hvideberg (Uno-X), Frederick Rodenberg Madsen (Uno-X), Sam Welsford (Free agent), Tim Naberman (DSM Development), Marius Mayrhofer (DSM Development), Leon Heinschke (DSM Development)
Out: Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ), Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), Felix Gall (Ag2r-Citroën), Max Kanter (Movistar), Nicholas Roche (Retiring), Jasha Sütterlin (Bahrain Victorious), Martin Salmon (Potentially retiring), Chad Haga (Rally), Ilan Van Wilder (Quick-Step AlphaVinyl), Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo-Visma)
Ins: Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Tosh van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal), Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers), Milan Vader (KMC-Orbea/Mountain biking), Tiesj Benoot (DSM)
Out: George Bennett (UAE Team Emirates), Antwan Tolhoek (Trek-Segafredo), Tony Martin (Retiring), Maarten Wynants (Retiring), Paul Martens (Retiring), Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange)
Out: Lasse Norman Hansen (Uno-X), Michael Gogl (Alpecin-Fenix), Dimitri Claeys (Intermarché), Matteo Pelucchi (Retiring), Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal), Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel Start-Up Nation), Max Walscheid (Cofidis), Mauro Schmid (Quick-Step AlphaVinyl), Harry Tanfield (Ribble-Weldtite), Sander Armée (Cofidis), Bert-Jan Lindeman (Volkerwessels)
Ins: Tony Gallopin (Ag2r-Citroën), Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X), Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin-Fenix), Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural), Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Brustenga (Caja Rural), Filippo Baroncini (Colpack-Ballan), Daan Hoole (SEG Academy), Dario Cataldo (Movistar)
Out: Ryan Mullen (Bora-Hansgrohe), Niklas Eg (Uno-X), Kiel Reijnen (Retiring), Michel Ries (Arkéa-Samsic), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Koen de Kort (Retiring), Antonio Nibali (Astana)
UAE Team Emirates
Ins: Felix Groß (Rad-net Rose), Juan Ayuso (Colpack-Ballan), João Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Marc Soler (Movistar), Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Alexys Brunel (Groupama-FDJ)
Out: Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché), Sven Erik Bystrøm (Intermarché), David de la Cruz (Astana), Joe Dombrowski (Astana), Marco Marcato (Retiring), Valerio Conti (Astana), Alexandr Riabushenko (Astana)
Women's WorldTour transfers for the 2022 season
Out: Marlen Reusser (SD Worx)
Ins: Shari Bossuyt (NXTG Racing), Pauliena Rooijakkers (Liv Racing), Sarah Roy (BikeExchange)
Out: Hannah Ludwig (Uno-X), Hannah Barnes (Uno-X), Alexis Ryan (L39ION)
EF Education-Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
Ins: Lizzy Banks (Ceratizit-WNT), Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Rally), Sara Poidevin (Rally),
Out: Sarah Gigante (Movistar), Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange), Nina Kessler (BikeExchange),
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
Ins: Grace Brown (BikeExchange), Vittoria Guazzini (Valcar-Travel & Service)
Out: Lauren Kitchen (Retiring)
Liv Racing Xstra
Out: Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx), Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM)
Ins: Sarah Gigante (Tibco-SVB), Arelenis Sierra (A.R. Monex)
Out: Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo)
Ins: Kristen Faulkner (Tibco-SVB), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Ara Pro-Racing Sunshine Coast), Nina Kessler (Tibco-SVB), Chelsie Tan Wei Shi (BikeLabz), Alexandra Manly (Australian cycling), Georgie Baker (Australian cycling)
Out: Janneke Ensing (Retiring), Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Lucy Kennedy (Retiring), Sarah Roy (Canyon-SRAM)
Ins: Charlotte Kool (NXTG Racing), Lea Curinier (Arkea), Francesca Barale (VO2-Team Pink), Elise Uijen (Neo-pro), Charlotte Kool (NXTG Racing), Léa Curinier (Arkéa), Francesca Barale (Neo-pro)
Out: Susanne Andersen (Uno-X), Coryn Labecki (Jumbo-Visma), Julia Soek (Retiring), Wilma Olausson (Uno-X),
Team SD Worx
Ins: Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing), Marlen Reusser (Alé-BTC-Ljubljana)
Out: Anna van der Breggen (Retiring), Jolien d'Hoore (Retiring), Karol-Ann Canuel (Retiring)
Ins: Leah Thomas (Movistar), Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service)
Out: Trixi Worrack (Retiring), Ruth Winder (Retiring)
Uno-X Pro Cycling
Ins: Susanne Anderen (DSM), Hannah Ludwig (Canyon-SRAM), Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), Elinor Barker (Tekkerz CC), Wilma Olausson (DSM Development), Julie Leth (Ceratizit-WNT), Joss Lowden (Drops-Le Col), Rebecca Koerner (ABC Dame Elite), Amalie Lutro (Coop-Hitec Products), Anne Dorthe Ysland (Coop-Hitec Products), Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch), Anniina Ahtosalo (Team Rytger)
Human Powered Health
Ins: Nina Buysman (Parkhotel-Valkenburg), Henrietta Christie (Bepink), Mieke Kröger (Coop-Hitec Products), Evy Kuijpers (Liv Racing), Makayla Macpherson (Neo-pro), Barbara Malcotti (Valcar-Tavel & Service), Marit Raaijmakers (Parkhotel-Valkenburg), Kaia Schmid (Neo-pro), Eri Yonamine (Tibco-SVB)
Out: Holly Breck (Torelli-Assure-Cayman), Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (EF-Tibco-SVB), Heidi Franz (InstaFund-La Prima), Leigh Ann Ganzar (Retiring), Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis), Sara Poidevin (EF-Tibco-SVB), Emma White (Retiring)
Ins: Caroline Baur (InstaFund-La Prima), Ines Cantera (Sopela), Caroline Chauveau (Neo-pro), Aline Seitz (Rupelcleaning), Léa Stern (Neo-pro)
Out: Kseniia Duiunova (Born To Win-G20-Ambedo)
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