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New riders, new teams: The transfers you may have forgotten about

Joe Robinson
7 Feb 2019

Six riders who have joined new teams that you may have escaped your notice

Stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana finished earlier today. About 25km from the finish, crosswinds split the bunch leaving a large group of riders adrift from the main peloton.

Thankfully, that group had the familiar dropping bottom lip of Tony Martin at its disposal. He went to the front, put down the hammer, bridged the gap, typical Panzerwagen stuff.

Although, if it wasn't for his distinctive riding style you would have likely not recognised him as in the winter he moved from Katusha-Alpecin to Jumbo-Visma. A move that we at Cyclist had completely forgotten about and is going take some time to sink in.

Below are six riders that switched teams in the winter and who will take a while to get used to in their new colours.

Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin to Jumbo-Visma)

If Tony, Dan and Guillaume all joined forces to form a superstar EDM DJ trio, they could call themselves The Housemartins. You get it?

I often believe that Tony Martin is yet to reach his potential as a rider. Then I remember the four time trial World Championship titles, the 65 career wins and seven Grand Tour stages and remember how that's all a load of rubbish.

I fancy Tony for a big win this year, too. He also looks pretty good in yellow and on a Bianchi.

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing to Bahrain Merida)

Did you know Rohan Dennis is a massive fan of the internet sensation 'memes'? 

If you're not sure what a meme is, the internet says that it is 'an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations.'

Anyway, Dennis in a Bahrain-Merida jersey, doesn't look right, does it?

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors to Direct Energie)

Niki Terpstra is criminal for trying to fit the names of popular dance tracks into post-race interviews. Did after winning Tour of Flanders last year and after Paris-Roubaix in 2012.

Now, everybody's free to judge Niki for making a fool of the interviewee and acting like a renegade master but honestly, I only think something good can come from this light-hearted approach. Ebeneezer Goode.

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing to Education First)

This one will take a while to get used to. Tejay not racing for BMC. Just seems plain wrong.

It felt like he'd been there a lifetime but after checking Wikipedia I was reminded he actually rode for HTC beforehand, and Rabobank, which is mental. He has only just turned 30 too. 

It fits, though, with the team being American and a fan favourites despite lacking the major results it often promises. 

Nico Roche (BMC Racing to Team Sunweb)

If I had a nickel for every team that Nico had ridden for in his career, I'd have 35 cents. I'd spend all that money on buying an AG2R La Mondiale kit, it was the nicest jersey Nico ever raced in. 

Either way, he should offer a wise head for Tom Dumoulin at the Grand Tours this year, especially considering the loss of Laurens Ten Dam from the Sunweb squad. 

Sergio Henao (Team Sky to UAE-Team Emirates)

No longer will Team Sky remind me of Crowded House's 1986 hit 'Don't Dream it's Over' as Sergio Henao has left cousin Sebastian and the rest of Team Sky for UAE-Team Emirates.

Also, Henao is very lucky to have lost his Colombian national title last week as that attempt from UAE is shocking. Almost as bad as their trade kit.