Mid-season transfers are a rarity in pro cycling, but Dylan Teuns has made a shock switch from Bahrain Victorious to Israel-Premier Tech.
In a statement issued on social media on Friday, Bahrain Victorious confirmed that Teuns, who joined the team in 2019, had left the team with immediate effect.
Soon after, Israel-Premier Tech announced the signature of the 30-year-old, with the departure of Israeli rider Guy Sagiv opening up a roster spot to make room. The Belgian will take on the Vuelta a España and Italian Classics for his new team as they battle for points in the fight to save their WorldTour status.
Teuns, who in any case was out of contract at the end of the season, said that he had already been in discussions with Israel-Premier Tech to move for 2023, but took up team owner Sylvan Adams’ offer to move immediately.
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"I was already talking to Israel-Premier Tech about joining in 2023 but then Sylvan Adams offered me the chance to make the switch now and start my contract immediately, which I am really grateful for," he said in a statement issued by the team.
"I had three and a half great years with Bahrain Victorious where I won my biggest races […]