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The Cyclingnews guide to 2020-2021 rider transfers

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It's a strange transfer market for strange times. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on wheelings and dealings so far this year but, with racing getting back into full swing, the market is grinding back into gear, with the transfer window having officially opened on August 1.

The financial impact of the pandemic left a number of teams facing serious difficulties, and that meant transfer activity was effectively put on hold. Business around Classics riders, usually conducted in the spring, was pushed back, and while the Tour de France will remain the key time for negotiations, it's taking place two months later than planned, stretching well into September. 

As such, it has been a quiet start to the window, with the key move being Chris Froome transferring from Team Ineos to Israel Start-Up Nation, who have been relatively unscathed by the pandemic. The same goes for AG2R, and it's those two teams who have been busiest so far. 

Below is a full index of all the comings and goings from the pro peloton. We will keep this page constantly updated with each new signing and contract extension, so make sure to bookmark it for future reference.

AG2R La Mondiale

In: Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Gijs Van Hoecke (CCC Team), Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal), Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ), Damien Touzé (Cofidis), Clément Champoussin (neo-pro, as of April 2020)

Out:
Romain Bardet (Team Sunweb), Pierre Latour (Total Direct Energie), Alexandre Geniez (Total Direct Energie), Pierre Latour (Total Direct Energie)

Extended:
Oliver NaesenLarry WarbasseMikaël ChérelBen Gastauer, Benoît Cosnefroy, Alexis Vuillermoz, Dorian Godon, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Geoffroy Bouchard.

Astana Pro Team

In:

Out:
Miguel Angel Lopez (?)

Extended:

Bahrain McLaren

In: Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

Out:
Ivan García Cortina (Movistar)

Extended:
Dylan Teuns

Bora-Hansgrohe

In: Nils Politt (Israel Start-Up Nation), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) Frederik Wandahl (neo-pro), Matthew Walls (neo-pro), Ben Zwiehoff (neo-pro), Jordi Meeus (neo-pro), Giovanni Aleotti (neo-pro)

Out:

Extended:
Max Schachmann, Cesare Benedetti, Lukas Postlberger

CCC Team

In:

Out:
Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R La Mondiale), Michael Schär (AG2R La Mondiale), Gijs Van Hoecke (AG2R La Mondiale), Patrick Bevin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Nathan van Hooydonck (Jumbo-Visma), Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-QuickStep - as of August 2020), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation)

Extended:

Cofidis Solutions Credits

In: Rubén Fernández (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Rémy Rochas (Nippo-Delko)

Out:
Damien Touzé (AG2R La Mondiale)

Extended:
Anthony Perez

Deceuninck-QuickStep

In: Mauri Vansevenant (neo-pro, as of July 15, 2020), Fausto Masnada (CCC Team, as of August 2020)

Out:
Bob Jungels (AG2R La Mondiale)

Extended:
Yves Lampaert, Mikkel Honoré, Dries Devenyns, Iljo Keisse

EF Pro Cycling

In: Stefan Bissegger (neo-pro, as of August 2020)

Out:
Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), Tanel Kangert (Mitchelton-Scott), Luis Villalobos (banned), Daniel Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers)

Extended:
Alberto Bettiol

Groupama-FDJ

In: Jake Stewart (neo-pro)

Out:
Marc Sarreau (AG2R La Mondiale)

Extended:
Thibaut Pinot, Arnaud Démare, David Gaudu, Stefan Kung, Rudy Molard, Jacopo Guarnieri, Kevin Geniets, Olivier Le Gac.

Ineos Grenadiers

In: Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Laurens De Plus (Jumbo-Visma), Tom Pidcock (neo-pro), Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

Out:
Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation)

Extended:
Luke Rowe

Israel Start-Up Nation

In: Chris Froome (Team Ineos), Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal), Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), Sebastian Berwick (neo-pro), Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling), Taj Jones (neo-pro), Alessandro De March (CCC Team)

Out:
Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Extended:
André Greipel, Mads Wurtz Schmidt, Rick Zabel, Alex Cataford, James Piccoli, Mathias Brändle, Tom Van Asbroeck.

Lotto Soudal

In: Florian Vermeersch (neo-pro, as of June 2020), Viktor Verschaeve (neo-pro), Sébastien Grignard (neo-pro), Andreas Kron (Riwal-Readynez), Filippo Conca (neo-pro), Sylvain Moniquet (neo-pro), Xandres Vervloesem (neo-pro)

Out: Carl Fredrik Hagen (Israel Start-Up Nation), Stan Dewulf (AG2R), Jelly Wallays

Extended:
Thomas De Gendt

Mitchelton-Scott

In: Tanel Kangert (EF Pro Cycling), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)

Out:
Daryl Impey (Israel Start-Up Nation), Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma), Michael Albasini (retires), Adam Yates (Team Ineos), Jack Haig (Bahrain McLaren)

Extended:
Simon Yates

Movistar Team

In: Ivan García Cortina (Bahrain McLaren), Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Out:

Extended:

NTT Pro Cycling

In:

Out:

Extended:

Team Jumbo-Visma

In: Sam Oomen (Sunweb), Edoardo Affini (Mitchelton-Scott), David Dekker (SEG Racing Academy), Gijs Leemreize (Jubmo-Visma Development), Nathan van Hooydonck (CCC Team), Olav Kooij (neo-pro)

Out:
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Mitchelton-Scott), Laurens De Plus (Ineos Grenadiers)

Extended:
Tony Martin, Tom Leezer, Jonas Vingegaard, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Timo Roosen, Lennard Hofstede, Christoph Pfingsten, Paul Martens (until July 2021), Maarten Wynants (until May 2021)

Team Sunweb

In: Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Marco Brenner (neo-pro), Andreas Leknessund (Uno-X), Thymen Arensman (neo-pro, as of August 2020), Kevin Vermaercke (neo-pro), Niklas Märkl (neo-pro), Romain Combaud (Nippo Delko)

Out:
Michael Matthews (Mitchelton-Scott), Sam Oomen (Jumbo-Visma), Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Extended:
Nikias Arndt, Florian Stork, Cees Bol, Alberto Dainese, Nils Eekhoff, Tiesj Benoot

Trek-Segafredo

In: Antonio Tiberi (neo-pro), Alessandro Fancellu (Kometa Xstra), Pieter Weening (as of May 31)

Out:
Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers)

Extended:
Jasper Stuyven, Bauke Mollema, Mads Pedersen

UAE Team Emirates

In: Matteo Trentin (CCC Team)

Out:
Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix)

Extended:
Tadej Pogacar, Diego Ulissi

UCI PROTEAMS

Alpecin-Fenix

In: Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates), Diether Sweeck (from March 1), Xandro Meurisse (Circus-Wanty), Lionel Taminiaux (Bingoal WB)

Out:  

Extended:

Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec

In: Kevin Colleoni (neo-pro), Leonardo Marchiori (neo-pro)

Out: Matteo Spreafico (Vini Zabu-KTM), Kevin Rivera (Bardiani CSF)

Extended:

Arkéa-Samsic

In: Markus Pajur (neo-pro), Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen)

Out: Florian Vachon (retires)

Extended:  Connor Swift, Elie Gesbert, Thibault Guernalec, Anthony Delaplace, Maxime Bouet, Laurent Pichon, Romain Hardy, Alan Riou

B&B Hotels-Vital Concept P/B KTM

In: Alan Boileau (neo-pro), Maxime Chevalier (neo-pro from Feb. 24), Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale), Eliot Lietaer (Bingoal WB)

Out: Arnaud Courteille (retires), Jimmy Turgis (retires)

Extended:

Bardiani CSF-Faizane'

In: Samuel Zoccarato (neo-pro), Tomas Trainini (neo-pro), Kevin Rivera (Androni)

Out:

Extended: Mirco Maestri

Bingoal WB

In:

Out: Baptiste Planckaert (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Lionel Taminiaux (Alpecin-Fenix)

Extended:

Burgos-BH

In: Felipe Orts (neo-pro)

Out:

Extended:

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

In:

Out:

Extended:

Circus-Wanty Gobert

In: Rein Taaramäe (Total Direct Energie), Lorenzo Rota (Vini-Zabu-KTM), Baptiste Planckaert (Bingoal WB)

Out: Fabien Doubey (Total Direct Energie)

Extended: Loic Vliegen

Euskaltel-Euskadi

In: Xavier Mikel Azparren (neo-pro)

Out:

Extended: Juan José Lobato, Julien Irizar, Mikel Bizkarra

Gazprom-RusVelo

In:

Out:

Extended:

Nippo Delko Provence

In: Alexandre Delettre (neo-pro), Simon Carr (neo-pro), Clement Carisey (neo-pro)

Out: Romain Combaud (Sunweb)

Extended: Julien Trarieux, Eduard Grosu, Alessandro Fedeli

Novo Nordisk

In:

Out:

Extended:

Rally Cycling

In:

Out:

Extended:

Riwal Readynez Cycling Team

In:

Out: Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal)

Extended:

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

In:

Out:

Extended:

Total Direct Energie

In: Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale), Fabien Doubey (Circus-Wanty Gobert)

Out: Lilian Calmejane (AG2R La Mondiale), Rein Taaramäe (Circus-Wanty Gobert)

Extended: Anthony Turgis, Niki Terpstra, Niccolo Bonifazio, Mathieu Burgaudeau

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team

In: Søren Wærenskjold (neo-pro)

Out: Andreas Leknessund (Team Sunweb)

Extended:

Vini Zabu-KTM

In: Matteo Spreafico (Androni Giocattoli, as of August 11, 2020)

Out: Lorenzo Rota (Circus-Wanty Gobert)

Extended: