Nearly 30 WorldTour riders in limbo as contract search spills into 2022

Pozzovivo Burghardt Clarke 2022 contract
Domenico Pozzovivo, Marcus Burghardt and Simon Clarke are among the riders looking for 2022 contracts (Image credit: Getty Images composite)

With 2021 having ticked over into 2022, the new season is upon us but, while most riders are gearing up for their racing returns, there are a number who find themselves left in the lurch. 

With the vast majority of professional rider contracts running from January 1 to December 31, Saturday, for most, marks the start of a new year on their existing deals, or a new dawn with a new team. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.