Cycling Transfer Rumors & Roundup: Movistar recruit SEVEN new riders

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With the cycling season now at an end, we’re introducing a weekly roundup of all the latest transfer rumors and gossip, as well as a round-up of confirmed transfers, so you can keep track of where all your favorite riders are heading for the 2024 season.

Since August, the cycling world has been buzzing with gossip over who’s going where – particularly with the on-again-off-again rumors of the Visma-Soudal merger driving speculation into the stratosphere.

In this article, we’re running through the most notable transfers from October 17-23 in both the men’s and women’s pelotons.

Movistar Announces Seven Newcomers for 2024

The men’s Movistar roster expanded by seven this week.

The team brings in four Spanish riders: Jon BARRENETXEA (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Pelayo SÁNCHEZ (Burgos-BH), Javier ROMO (Astana Qazaqstan Team), and Carlos CANAL (Euskaltel-Euskadi). 

Barrenetxea brings a third-place finish at Boucles de l’Aulne-Châteaulin and a fifth-place stage finish at the Vuelta a España from a consistent 2023 season.

Romo took the white jersey at this year’s Vuelta a Burgos and second in the mountains classification at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Canal placed 11th in the road race at the World Championships and third on Stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi.

Additionally, Movistar brings in two other riders with WorldTour experience in Davide FORMOLO (UAE Team Emirates) and Rémi CAVAGNA (Soudal-QuickStep). 

Formolo won Veneto Classic and Giro delle Brianze while also taking second in the GC at the Saudi Tour. Cavagna won the GC at the Tour de Slovaquie and two stages at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. 

The final addition to the team is Italy’s Manilo MORO (Zalf Euromobil Fior), who will be making the jump from the Continental ranks to the WorldTour.


Human Powered Health Riders Find New Teams After Team Folds

After the announcement that the men’s side of the Human Powered Health squad would be folding, riders were left to search for new homes for the 2024 season.

After a consistent season, Bart LEMMEN of the Netherlands signed a two-year contract with Jumbo-Visma, taking the step to the World Tour after a year at the ProSeries level.

Sasha WEEMAES, under contract with Human Powered Health through 2024, was forced to change his plans after the team lost its sponsor. He found a new home after signing a two-year deal with Bingoal WB.

Wessel KRUL, who spent two years on Human Powered Health, has signed with BEAT Cycling Club for the 2024 season.

There are still 13 riders from Human Powered Health who have not signed with a team for 2024 or have yet to announce their intentions. 


dsm-firmenich Bring In Experience

The women’s squad at dsm-firmenich reinforced their roster with three new signings. In Rachele BARBIERI (Liv Racing TeqFind) and Abi SMITH (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB), the squad adds significant WorldTour experience.

Barbieri is coming off a very consistent season where she placed fourth at Scheldeprijs, Veenendaal-Veenendaal, and Omloop de Kempen, alongside a fifth place on a stage at both the Vuelta Femenina and the Giro Donne.

The final of the three signings is Josie NELSON (Team Coop-Hitec Products), whose best result this season was fourth place at the WWT one-day race Cadel Evans Great Ocean RR.

Confirmed Cycling Transfers October 15-21, 2023

  • Jon BARRENETXEA: Caja Rural-Seguros RGA → Movistar
  • Rémi CAVAGNA: Soudal-QuickStep → Movistar
  • Davide FORMOLO: UAE Team Emirates → Movistar
  • Javier ROMO: Astana Qazaqstan → Movistar
  • Pelayo SÁNCHEZ: Burgos-BH → Movistar
  • Carlos CANAL: Euskatel-Euskadi → Movistar
  • Manlio MORO: Zalf Euromobil Fior → Movistar
  • Bart LEMMEN: Human Powered Health → Jumbo-Visma
  • Sasha WEEMAES: Human Powered Health → Bingoal WB
  • Wessel KRUL: Human Powered Health → BEAT Cycling Club
  • Rachele BARBIERI: Liv Racing TeqFind → dsm-firmenich
  • Abi SMITH: EF Education-TIBCO-SVB → dsm-firmenich
  • Josie NELSON: Team Coop-Hitec Products → dsm-firmenich
  • Amber KRAAK: Jumbo-Visam → FDJ-SUEZ
  • Marc SARREAU: AG2R Citroën Team → Groupama FDJ
  • Træen TORSTEIN: Uno-X Pro Cycling Team → Bahrain-Victorious
  • Rui COSTA: Intermarché-Circus-Wanty → EF Education EasyPost
  • Alexy FAURE PROST: Circus-ReUz Technord → Intermarché-Circus-Wanty
  • James WHELAN: Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor → Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team
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Jessy is a Canadian professional cyclist racing for UCI Continental Team Pro-Noctis - 200 Degrees Coffee - Hargreaves Contracting. She was a latecomer to biking, taking up the sport following her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition. However, her early promise saw her rapidly ascend the Canadian cycling ranks, before being lured across to the big leagues in Europe. Jessy is currently based in the Spanish town of Girona, a renowned training hotspot for professional cyclists.

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