The Most Important Pro Cycling Rider Transfers For 2020 | GCN’s Cycling Race News Show

– Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up, we’re going to take a look at the biggest rider transfers
in the men’s peloton for 2020 and how they could play out next season. We’ll also take a look back at another weekend of top-level cyclocross and the latest racing and transfer news. (beeping) We shall start with cyclocross though, and it was another weekend of wins for Mathieu van der Poel. On Saturday, we had an Urban Cross for the latest round of the DVV Trophy, which took place in downtown Kortrijk. Now, being an Urban
Course, it was very fast and for half the race, there was nothing really
to separate the top 10, or even 15 riders, Until the inevitable happened, that is. Van der Poel put in big acceleration and nobody was able to stay with him. He’d go on to build up
a significant advantage, eventually rolling across the line having eased up 27 seconds in front of Belgian road
race champion Tim Merlier. Now, in many ways, that was even more of a show of dominance than all of the others of van der Poel because on such a fast course, you had to be head-and-shoulders
above everybody else to create any kind of gap. Now, there was little to
separate the others behind him, with Merlier sprinting home for second ahead of a group of six. Now, when we caught up with former pro and Dutch Eurosport commentator
Sanne van Paassen pre-race, she predicted a very good
course for Lucinda Brand and it certainly was. After a great start by
Italian Eva Lechner, a strong five rider leading group formed containing Brand, Ceylin
Del Carmen Alvarado, Annemarie Worst, Yara Kastelijn, and world champion Sanne Cant. An issue later on for Senna Cant, who struggled to get
her foot in the pedal, also delayed the two 777
riders, Kastelijn and Worst, leaving two in the lead. A great battle ensued, with the two Dutch riders
swapping the lead back and forth, with Alvarado leading out the sprint on the bridge to the line. Brand, though, is know
for her power on the road and she would eventually take the win. And she’s certainly giving Sven Nys plenty to be satisfied with
after changing into a new team. Worst rounded out the podium, out-sprinting Cant and Kastelijn, making it an all-Dutch podium, the first time that’s ever happened in a women’s DVV Trophy race. Van der Poel would also go on to win the following
day at Silvermeercross, taking his 34th consecutive cyclocross win on a day that was also
dominated by his team, Corendon-Circus, who took all
three of the podium places. In Mol on Sunday, Laura Verdonschot
continued a solid season, with a victory ahead of junior
sensation Shirin van Anrooij and Inge van der Heijden. And so now feels like quite a good time to reveal the results of last week’s poll over on the GCN app. We asked you who the best rider of all time in cyclocross is and, somewhat predictably, van
der Poel came out on top. The app vote came in with
47% going to van der Poel. Now, I say predictably,
because we had a feeling that the current King of Cross
would get more of the votes than those that have dominated
in previous generations. To be fair, even if he isn’t currently statistically the best
cyclocross rider of all time, he’s certainly got more than enough time to surpass everybody else
before the end of his career. Meanwhile, we also asked Vervecken who he thinks is the best
rider cyclocross rider of all time and this
is what he had to say. – I think Mathieu, if he continues to do the same for the next 10 years, Mathieu is at this moment,
24 I think, yeah, 24, so, yes, at least 10 years to go. If he continues like that, yeah, he will for sure have the biggest career, the most wins, most world
titles, and everything you want. But it’s still very early,
so it’s hard to compare them. I know that at the end of Sven’s career, there was a big question who was the best. I think it’s hard to compare. Erik De Vlaeminck, for instance. Sven was in the period where everything was
going live on television. Also social media came up. A lot more exposure, compared
to the time when Erik rode, where it was much smaller. But he won seven times
the world championships, so hard to compare. – Now, let’s move onto
our main talking point of this week’s Racing News Show, the biggest rider transfers
on the men’s side of the sport and how they could play out in 2020. And we’re going to start with the general classification riders, because there have been quite
a few high profile moves in that regard. And we’ll start with Richard Carapaz. The Ecuadorian won the
Giro d’Italia back in May but before he’d even sealed
the deal on that one, it was reported that he’d
sealed a deal with Team Ineos. Queue lots of groans and moaning that yet another GC heavyweight will be on the British team next year. He will potentially be joined
by Andrey Amador as well, who’d signed a contract
extension with Movistar, but now appears to be in
some complicated wranglings to get out of it. It means that Ineos now
have four Grand Tour winners in their ranks, Carapaz, Bernal, Thomas, and, of course, Chris Froome, which makes you wonder how
they’re going to accommodate the golden needs of their
embarrassment of riches. Bernal, speaking to Spanish
newspaper AS last week, said that he’ll target the
Giro-Tour double next year. So where does that leave Carapaz? It’s going to be very interesting to see the dynamic in
that squad next year, a lot of which could rest on the recovery, or not as the case may
be, of Chris Froome. If he gets back to his best, it’s going to be a tough juggling act for the management there. Now, one former-Team Sky rider also setting off for
pastures new is Mikel Landa. He was, of course, at MoviStar. Next year, he’ll be at the team formerly known as Bahrain-Merida. He will replace Vincenzo
Nibali as their GC captain and has apparently already been told that he’ll be their undisputed
leader at the Tour de France. No more #FreeLanda needed then, which I know will please a lot of you. He is the rider that many
people think could strike fear into the heart of Team Ineos
because when he’s on form, he really can cause
havoc in the mountains, where he’ll also be backed by Wout Poels. Team Jumbo-Visma are also
looking even stronger next year because added to Roglic,
Kruijswijk, and Bennett, they now have Tom Dumoulin. They really could be the thorn in the side of Team Ineos, couldn’t they? They’ve come leaps and bounds
over the last few seasons and not only do they have the GC leaders, they also have the climbing
domestiques to back them up. That one is going to be
really interesting next year. Lastly on the GC side of things, Arkea-Samsic have been incredibly busy in the transfer market, with their biggest signing
being Nairo Quintana. Now, that one did raise a
few eyebrows, including mine. Fitting in the culture of a French squad can often be hard for a foreign rider, so that one could go either way. In fact, let’s put this
one out to you at home. Will this move make or
break Quintana in 2020? You can find a link to a poll in our app underneath this video. In terms of sprinters, the biggest move in that
regard was Viviani, who, after a few very successful
years at Deceuninck-QuickStep, moves over to another
French team, Cofidis. Again, this one raised a few eyebrows. Cofidis have been a second division team for some time now and, despite taking Fabio Sabatini with him, the biggest question surrounded how much support he’d receive, in
terms of his lead-out. However, if you want my
opinion, and I’m sure you don’t but I’m going to give it to you anyway, team manager Cedric Vasseur is somebody that I really
believe can build this team into something great again. Viviani may not be quite as prolific as he has been for the
last couple of years, but I think that team as a
whole is one to watch in 2020. And, likewise, we’ll see
whether Mark Cavendish rekindling his relationship
with Rod Ellingworth will see him getting
back to his winning ways at the team formerly
known as Bahrain-Merida. And finally, the biggest moves in terms of classics
riders are Matteo Trentin, Philippe Gilbert, and John Degenkolb. The former heads from
Mitchelton-Scott to CCC, which means that the Polish squad now have a two-pronged
attack for the cobbles, with Trentin combining
with Greg van Avermaet, who often finds himself alone in the finales of those races. If they work well together,
they could pose the other teams some big problems next season. Lotto-Soudal, meanwhile,
may have lost Tiesj Benoot, but coming back into the fold is Gilbert, along with former San Remo and Roubaix winner, John Degenkolb. Now, Gilbert, despite
being 37 years of age, managed to bag himself
a three-year contract. To be fair, though, he
has proven this year that he’s far from fading,
winning Paris-Roubaix and a couple of stages of the Vuelta. If Degenkolb can also
get back to his best, that is another team to be reckoned with in the Classics next year. So, those are the biggest
moves for next year according to us and I
don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for the
road season to start already. Let us know if we’ve missed
any of the major moves out in the comments section
below and also who you think could be the biggest surprise in 2020. Before we move on, a quick look
at what we’ve got coming up on GCN Racing this week. Starting on Saturday, we’ll
have got the next round of the Ethias Cross. That is worldwide,
excluding the US, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands. And on Sunday, it is the next round of the SuperPrestige series in Zonhoven. That one is worldwide, excluding Belgium and the Netherlands. Both races will have live
commentary from Marty, who will on Saturday be
joined by Beth Crumpton and on Sunday by Jeremy. Speaking of Jeremy, if you haven’t caught his
cyclocross podcast yet, I can thoroughly recommend it. You’ll find a link to that
in the description below. Sticking with cyclocross, there was some very good news
last week for Wout van Aert, as he announced his returned
his return to competition. We will see him pin a number on again at Loenhout on the 27th of December, with his primary focus
being on getting fit and ready for the Classics next year. However he does there, it’s going to be great to
see him back, isn’t it? In fact, there were two bits
of good news for him last week, as he also won his legal
battle with Nick Nuyens, who’d sued him for €1.1 million after a very messy contract termination with the Verandas
Willems-Crelan team last year. Nuyens was also ordered to
pay van Aert’s legal costs. Happy Christmas, Wout. He was also a very busy man, in fact, because last week he was spotted riding the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix before unveiling the
2020 Jumbo-Visma jersey. What do you think of that one, hot or not? Right, we’ve got a bit of a scoop now again from Erwin Vervecken, because there’s been a
change to the circuit for the Namur round of the UCI World Cup. – Yes, there’s a super
nice cobblestone section, similar to what you
have on the Koppenburg. Probably not as hard as the Koppenburg, but it’s the same feel and we included it in the Namur World Cup. So it’s just before the off-camera section that we go on the cobbles and it’s like 300, 350-meters uphill. First part’s very steep
and then it’s slowing down. So the hard part, which was
in the course last year, will be in reverse direction, so they will go down on the
hardest parts of last year and then we have a new
cobblestone section going up. But it’s going to be amazing. – We will have more news on that after the official press
conference and video, which is coming on the 12th of December. There was also some good news last week from WNT women’s team, as
it announced that Ceratazit, apologies for the pronunciation, will join as title sponsor for 2020. Moving on, it’s been rumored that the fearsome Angliru climb will be back in the Vuelta next year for the first time since 2017. The route is not officially announced for a couple of weeks yet. I’m sure many of us will look forward to those incredibly steep gradients, even if the riders may not. In other transfer news, Nils Politt has signed with
the Israel-Katusha squad, as we all call it at the moment. The German was runner
up to Philippe Gilbert in Paris-Roubaix this year, when he was out-sprinted by
the Belgian in the velodrome. The youngster from Great Britain, Ethan Hayter, signed for Team Ineos. This year, he took stage
wins in both the Baby Giro and the Tour de l’Avenir, where his primary goals next
year will be on the track as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympics. And finally, the news
you’ve all been waiting for, it seems that 48-year old Davide Rebellin might not have to retire after all. Last week, he was left without a contract, after his EPowers Factory Team folded, but according to SpazioCiclismo in Italy, he’s been offered a lifeline
by the Cambodian Cycling Team. They’ll be continental next year, so thank goodness for that. Right, before I go, just a quick reminder that you have until
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