Transfer Mechanics: Froome and COVID-19 shape the market

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Professional cycling's transfer window officially opens on Saturday August 1, with a number of high-profile moves set to be announced as teams publicly unveil their new signings for 2021.

The transfer market has been dominated by a number of factors, from Chris Froome’s already-announced move to Israel Start-Up Nation, to a raft of U23 prospects being snapped up, and a steady flow of riders opting to stay with their current teams. Of course, the overriding theme has been the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its effect on every aspect of professional cycling.

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