As we cycling fans languish in the Tour de France/Vuelta a Espana limbo, we comfort ourselves with the rumours of who, where, when and what of the men's teams big-name signings. According to UCI rules, teams can now 'sign' riders - or rather, start officially revealing their new riders.
Thursday 3 Aug 2017
Alexander Kristoff - Katusha > UAE Emirates
With what is said to be an untenable relationship with Kristoff and the Russian team, it's no surprises he's moving. UAE Team Emirates posted overnight a brief confirmation of the signing.
Warren Barguil - Sunweb > Fortuneo-Oscaro
Say it ain't so Wazza! Fortuneo-Oscaro have also signed Amael Moinard from BMC. The team is obviously hoping to take a step up.
Tony Gallopin - Lotto Soudal > AG2R
The French all-rounder is a nice signing for the AG2R team.
"On the one hand, I will be playing a big part in the spring classics and hopefully helping Oliver Naesen to land a monument," Gallopin said. "I know that I will also have my own chance when racing the week-long events like the Paris-Nice.
"Then another part of my job will be to support Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. I am very motivated by this new challenge.”
Julian Alaphilippe - QuickStep Floors > QuickStep Floors
Tah dah - only foolin! The Frenchman is staying put and has signed a two-year extension with only injuring quelling his talent this season.
“It was always my goal to stay with the team," Alaphilippe said. "It is the perfect scenario. I’ve made many good friends here and I feel at home, it’s basically my second family.
"The support I have from both Patrick (Lefevre) and the team gives me a lot of confidence. Extending my contract means I can focus 100% on the important things and continue my progression.
"We have a really strong team that can do well in almost every race, so I could not be more pleased with where I am."
Team manager Patrick Lefevre said the decision to re-sign Alaphilippe was easy.
"We signed with him three and a half years ago as we saw a bright future in him," Lefevre said. "We are confident he has not reached his full potential. Every rider we sign we think has a future in front of him and we believe we can win with him.
"it is no exception with Julian."
Eduardo Sepúlveda- Fortuneo-Oscaro > Movistar
A climber from Argentina makes the step up to the WorldTour after five years at Fortuneo-Oscaro.
Peter Kennaugh - Sky > Bora - Hansgrohe
Confirmed by a Bora-Hansgrohe statement on 1 August 2017.
"Peter Kennaugh did an excellent job in the past for Sky... however, we think he still has potential to improve as a rider," said Ralph Denk, Bora-Hansgrohe manager.
"Being a strong climber, who is also fast in the flat, he should be able to win some stage races, and we want to support his development into this direction.
"Peter will be one of our leaders for one-week tours next year.”
In the team statement, Kennaugh too confirmed he was excited about the opportunity for development.
"It is a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter in my career with a team of huge potential."
Daniel Oss - BMC > Bora - Hansgrohe
A key domestique at BMC for five years now, it was easy to think Oss would never leave.
But the charismatic Italian has been in the sights of Bora-Hansgrohe for some time now, manager Ralph Denk confirmed.
"Oss was always on our list," Denk said. "He is a very reliable rider, performing over the whole season and is used to working for big leaders. He will play a key role for Peter Sagan in the Classics."
Sagan was a former teammate of Oss when they rode for the now defunct Liquigas-Cannondale team, and rode with Marcus Burghardt at BMC.
"I am happy to to join Peter and Marcus again... I am sure we will have lots of fun," Oss said. "Bora-Hansgrohe has ambitious goals in our sport and I looked for a new challenge after five years at BMC."
Ramon Sinkeldam - Sunweb > FDJ
Fresh from a successful Tour de France with Sunbweb, Sinkeldam bolsters Arnaud Demare's sprint train.
Georg Preidler - Sunweb > FDJ
Part of Tom Dumoulin's successful Giro d'Italia squad. A GC domestique.
Until signings are officially announced, it's essential to use this instrument while reading the following rumours.
Mikel Landa - Sky > Movistar
Fabio Aru - Astana > UAE Emirates
Dan Martin - QuickStep Floors > ?
Contract with QuickStep Floors is up hence the speculation. Besides, the Irishman's value has soared with the WorldTour points he brings with him after a strong Tour de France and Ardennes campaign.
Rigoberto Uran - rumoured to re-sign with Cannondale
Louis Meintjes - UAE Emirates > Dimension Data
Eighth overall at this year's Tour de France and second to Simon Yates on the youth classifcation, Meintjes is rumoured to be considering a return to Dimension Data. The South African rode for its pro-continental incarnation, MTN-Qhubeka from 2013-15.
Alberto Contador - one more year at Trek-Segafredo
Wednesday 2 Aug 2017
Elia Viviani staying at Sky - not moving to UAE Emirates
Viviani confirmed to Cyclingnews at the weekend he was not leaving Sky to join UAE Emirates as rumoured during the Tour de France by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. The sprinter was believed to be that unhappy with Sky benching him for the Giro d'Italia he was considering a move.
Cyclingnews pushed the Italian several times after he told them he was not leaving Sky, finally asking if it was 100 per cent certain.
"Yes. I don't want to talk more than this but yes," the frustrated Italian replied.
But it was prior to the magic UCI official day of 1 August so who knows, stranger things have happened in this sport.