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Transfers round-up: What do the comings and goings mean for the WorldTour teams?

Joseph Delves
5 Sep 2019

Now well into the part of the season where riders get itchy feet, we recap who’s making moves ahead of next year

Who’s staying put, who’s moving on, and what does it mean for the WorldTour teams?

Team Ineos

Only one transfer announced here. But it’s a big one. Adding to its three existing Grand Tour winners, Team Ineos have pinched Giro winner Richard Carapaz from rivals Movistar.

Recruiting another sergeant in support of the reign without end, the team now has more GC winners than there are Grand Tours in the year.


Despite doing well in the current Vuelta a Espana, there’s turbulence on the horizon for the Spanish team. Formerly accused of having too many leaders, it might soon have not nearly enough.

First, Nairo Quintana is off to ProConti outfit Arkéa Samsic along with Winner Anacona. Perhaps even worse is the departure of proven GC winner Carapaz, while Mikel Landa is also off as he heads to Bahrain-Merida.

That leaves 39-year-old World Champion Alejandro Valverde as the team’s default GC rider. This despite him winning his sole Grand Tour back in 2009.

With five new riders currently inbound, the recruitment of 24-year-old Enric Mas is so far the closest the team has come to securing a new GC hope.


The increasingly assertive Dutch team is aiming to level up in 2020. Adding Tom Dumoulin to a roster already including GC star Primoz Roglic means the Dutch team will have multiple options when it comes to next year's Grand Tours.

Send one to the Giro and one to the Tour, or double up for maximum impact? Both riders are ace time-triallists, with Dumoulin a winner at the Giro d'Italia and Roglic seemingly in contention at every race he enters.

Not to mention the team also boasts 2019 Tour de France podium finisher Steven Kruijswijk, finally Team Ineos's stanglehold might be broken.

Team Sunweb

The big news here is Dumoulin’s departure. Relations between the Dutchman and Team Sunweb had become strained, with Dumoulin keen to leave before his current contract was due to expire.

Unhappy to let its sole GC rider go, his early departure blows a sizeable hole in the team’s Grand Tour plans. Bringing in six new riders for 2020, including Brit Mark Donovan from Team Wiggins-Le Col, the highest-profile of these is Classics specialist Tiesj Benoot from Lotto-Soudal.


The American outfit gains the services of Vincenzo Nibali as its main GC man. There's no doubting his talent but he'll start next season as a 35-year-old who last won a Grand Tour in 2016. Although he has been on the podium three times since so it's too early to write him off completely.

Bahrain Merida

The Bahraini-backed squad swap in Mikel Land to fill their Nibali shaped hole.

Lotto Soudal

With as many as 10 riders rumoured to be departing, Lotto-Soudal will probably be most sore at the confirmed loss of promising Classics rider Benoot and Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts. With dependable powerhouse John Degenkolb inbound and the recruitment of Philippe Gilbert as a capable road captain, the 2020 Spring Classics should be good for the team.

Although at 37 years old, Gilbert will be 40 by the time his new contract runs out. Still, with a large roster of youngsters, the Belgian squad have plenty of fresh riders to feed up through the ranks.


There’s no team more cut throat than Patrick Lefevere’' Belgian Classics specialists. Their huge lineup is already getting re-jigged, with this year’s Paris-Roubaix winner Gilbert heading to compatriot rivals Lotto-Soudal. Mas and successful stage hunter Elia Viviani are also going elsewhere.

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