With the season drawing to a close the transfer roundabout is in full swing as teams try and improve their rosters for next season.
A few big names have already swapped teams, the most surprising of which was Edvald Boasson Hagen who has left Team Sky to sign for African team MTN Qhubeka. MTN are the first African team to ever ride in a Grand Tour at the Vuelta, and are attracting the attention of many riders. Boasson Hagen said he has had plenty of offers from other teams but he felt that MTN was the best one for him.
Peter Sagan and Ivan Basso are two Cannondale riders who have signed for Tinkoff-Saxo. Damiano Caruso and Stage 7 Vuelta winner Alessandro De Marchi have gone to BMC racing team, in moves which show that many riders want to leave Cannondale before their merger with Garmin at the end of the season.
Nacer Bouhanni is leaving French team FDJ for Spanish team Cofidis after a dispute over not being selected for the Tour de France.
Jan Bakelants has confirmed that he is leaving Omega Pharma Quick-Step for AG2R and Alessandro Petacchi has confirmed that he is leaving OPQS but it is not yet known who for.
Many of Garmin’s current team, including Dan Martin and Nathan Haas have confirmed that they will be staying with the team despite their merger with Cannondale.
Lars Boom and Bauke Mollema have left Dutch team Belkin before they change sponsor, after Belkin decided that they wouldn’t sponsor the team after this season. Boom has gone to Astana and Mollema to Trek Factory Racing.
British Rider Bradley Wiggins in still in negotiation with Team Sky. After plenty for rumours of disharmony in the team between him and Froome, and after being passed over for all three Grand Tours, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Wiggins move to another team where he will have more opportunities.
Andy Schleck is in negotiation with Europcar, with the Luxembourg champion looking to move away from Trek Factory Racing.
Rafal Majka has extended his contract at Tinkoff-Saxo, the Polish Tour de France King of the Mountains is likely to become a bigger part of the team after proving his prowess in the mountains of France in July.
Tony Martin has also extended his contract at Omega Pharma Quick-Step, who are changing to Etixx – Quickstep for next season.
As with any transfer season the rumour mill is in full swing too. The biggest rumours include Fabio Aru moving to Team Sky, with the Italian impressing in the Giro d’Italia and currently the Vuelta a Espana this could be a good move for him. Sky are also linked to Tinkoff-Saxo’s Nicholas Roche too, who could be a good signing to strengthen their domestique positions.
There are plenty of rumours around MTN Qhubeka too with Orica Greenedge’s Matthew Goss; Garmin’s Tyler Farrar and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg from Giant-Shimano all being connected to the African Team.
Two big retirements are Garmin’s David Millar and Trek’s Jens Voigt, both have decided to hang up their bib shorts and retire from the professional peloton. Millar has already tried his hand at punditry, being part of ITV4’s presenting team for the Tour de France.