UCI clamps down on mid-contract rider transfers with threats of fines and suspensions

Cian Uijtdebroeks in the peloton
Cian Uijtdebroeks in the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)

The UCI have rewritten the rule book on rider transfers, threatening riders, teams and agents with fines and suspensions if they try to unilaterally break contracts and push through transfers. 

The new rules were apparently drafted after Cian Uijtdebroeks sparked a dispute with Bora-Hansgrohe, with the German team eventually agreeing to let the talented young Belgian join Visma-Lease a Bike.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.