Over 40 WorldTour riders out of contract and on the market

Marcus Burghardt, Max Richeze, Charlie Quarterman and Jean-Pierre Drucker (Image credit: Getty Images)

As November makes way for December, riders move into the final month of their current contracts. Most of them have new deals in place for January and the start of the 2022 season but more than 40 in the men's WorldTour alone are still without plans. 

December is the moment riders return to serious, structured training, with the first pre-season training camps to be attended and plenty of winter base miles to be built up ahead of the new campaign. Many riders, however, currently find themselves in limbo, training in the hope of securing a ride for next year. 

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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.