Transfer market short news roundup: Gijs Van Hoecke, Movistar, Antonio Nibali, Astana, Dani Navarro
Aug 28 2018 06:00 am CET

Transfer market short news roundup: Gijs Van Hoecke, Movistar, Antonio Nibali, Astana, Dani Navarro
Transfer market short news roundup: Gijs Van Hoecke, Movistar, Antonio Nibali, Astana, Dani Navarro
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The transfer market short news of the day includes signings of Continuum Sports, Katusha-Alpecin and Astana, as well as extensions in Movistar and Bahrain-Merida.

Gijs Van Hoecke signs with Continuum Sports

The Belgian rider moves to the currently known as BMC Racing Team to strengthen its classics team. The 26-year-old is set to be one of the key support riders for Greg Van Avermaet at the Spring season.

"Gijs Van Hoecke in an excellent addition to our 2019 roster, particularly for our classics team as these are the races where he has shown great potential," said General Manager Jim Ochowicz. "As a Belgian, Gijs is, of course, familiar with all of the roads and knows how to position himself on the cobbles which means he will be an asset to the team. The fact that he and Greg often train together is an added bonus."

Amador, Bennati and Erviti extend contracts with Movistar

Andrey Amador, Daniele Bennati and Imanol Erviti have signed new contracts with the Spanish team for the 2019 season. The riders are part of the main core of the team that supports the leaders in races like the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

Antonio Nibali renews contract with Bahrain Merida

The 25-year old has been in the last two years in the formation and with the new contract, he is set to complete his third year in it.

"I’m very happy to stay with the team that brought me into the WorldTour," said the younger brother of Vincenzo Nibali. "When I look back on the last two years and see how I’ve grown as a rider, I’m confident that this is the right place to be for improving further. Here I feel at home and not only because of my brother Vincenzo is a teammate. The team put a lot of confidence in me and let me acquire more and more race experience. My focus for next season is to keep growing, both as a helper for the team leaders and as a rider, that can play his chances for a stage victory. I will work hard also to achieve my wish to ride another Grand Tour together with my brother Vincenzo."

Astana signs Izagirre brothers

Ion and Gorka Izagirre have reached a deal to join the Kazakh team in 2019 and for two seasons. "Ion and Gorka are very strong riders and their results a well-known," said the team's general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

"This year Gorka became the Spanish road race Champion, while Ion showed some high performances in stage races and at the Tour de France. In Astana, we are ready to help the brothers to do another step ahead in their career and to lead them to new, higher results. I believe that their potential has not yet been fully disclosed and we are ready to do everything necessary for them to be fully realized in Astana Pro Team."

Dani Navarro to join Katusha Alpecin in 2019

The Spaniard is set to return to the WorldTour with Katusha Alpecin after six seasons in Cofidis. The rider has signed a two-year contract with the formation.

"It was time for me to move to another team, just to give myself a new impulse. The fact that Katusha-Alpecin was interested in me and that I know many people on that team makes me look forward to this transfer. I am not a winner, but I have proved my value in all my previous teams. I will work with pleasure for Ilnur Zakarin, knowing that I will get my chance, too, from time to time. This season I proved I am not too old for this. I have already ridden many Grand Tours in my career, but not many times more than one per season. That’s why I am sure I still have some years left to ride at the highest level of cycling. In my head, I still have a lot of freshness. Now already I look forward to 2019."




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