UCI Worldtour Transfers 2017 Round-Up

Peter Sagan Bora World Champion

Transfers round-up for the 2017 cycling season

As with every season, there has been a large amount of transfers and changes over the off-season. New teams have been created, old familiar teams and team names have been consigned to history. The highest profile transfers have seen the rainbow jersey of the world champion Peter Sagan change teams, as well as GC heavyweights Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador. Strong sprinters, classics specialists and GC helpers have also found new homes elsewhere.

Long-term great Fabian Cancellara retired over the winter, along with fellow World Champion Michael Rogers and Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal. There was also the sad retirement of Gianni Meersman, who after winning stages at the Vuelta Espana in September last year has been diagnosed with heart issues. The man who achieved notoriety for being knocked off his bike into a barbed wire fence during the Tour de France, Johnny Hoogerland also hung up his wheels (always feels a bit of a forced phrase…).

With the introduction of Bahrain Merida the peloton gains a splash of red, Abu Dhabi disappointingly went for a mostly black affair, just to make things more difficult from the overhead helicopter shots on TV. The peloton also loses the distinctive yellow of Tinkoff, with Oleg Tinkov throwing in the towel of his second attempt at a cycling team after a falling out with the powers that be.

With things shaken up considerably, we’re set for an interesting 2017 season.

New Teams:

Bahrain Merida 2017 Jersey

Bahrain – Merida

Folding Teams:

Tinkoff 2016 Jersey

Tinkoff Cycling

IAM Cycling 2016 Jersey

IAM Cycling

New Names for Existing Teams:

Bora Hansgrohe 2017 Jersey

Bora – Hansgrohe (previously Bora – Argon)

UAE Abu Dhabi 2017 Jersey

UAE Abu Dhabi (previously Lampre – Merida)

Orica Scott 2017 Jersey

Orica – Scott (previously Orica – BikeExchange)

Katusha Alpecin 2017 Jersey

Team Katusha – Alpecin (previously Team Katusha)

Quickstep Floors 2017 Jersey

Quick-Step Floors (previously Etixx – Quickstep)

Team Sunweb 2017 Jersey

Team Sunweb (previously Giant – Alpecin)

High Profile Rider Transfers:

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Other Notable Rider Transfers:

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Noted Retirees:

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