Limited transfer movement among cycling's top stars

Joona Laukka (left) chats to the teams on stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de France

In an article published by L'Equipe on Wednesday about the relatively quiet transfer market among the world's top riders this year, riders' agent Joona Laukka says that it's due to today's UCI WorldTour teams being "more and more structured" and that team leaders are enjoying increased salaries. While the majority of the WorldTour teams play it safe – and L'Equipe points out that Denmark's Michael Valgren is the only rider inside the top 20 of the UCI ranking making a move, transferring from Astana to Dimension Data for next year – a number of French Pro Continental teams, on the other hand, have made big-name signings in preparation for the sweeping changes to come in 2020 in the guise of the UCI reforms . The big exception among WorldTour teams is BMC Racing , who, with their new main sponsor, become CCC Team next season, and lost a number of ...

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