A pensive Mark Cavendish lines up for stage 2 of the 2022 Tour of Poland. An updated list of the options still available to the male riders desperately searching for a team for next season.
The wreckage of B&B Hotels-KTM has plunged 20 contracted riders into ice-cold water, along with the many incoming transfers expected to ride with the rebooted ‘Men in Glaz’ in 2023.
With just three weeks to go before the new year, dozens of people, riders and staff included, are left floundering, racing to find a lifeboat, but there are not enough and they’re all too small. This leaves some swimming to shore (retirement) while others are seeking out any possible floating vessel they can grab hold of… Ok, maybe it’s time to retire this clumsy analogy.
Among those treading water is Mark Cavendish , around whom Jérôme Pineau’s ambitious new project was due to be built. The British national champion and 34-time Tour de France stage winner would seem a pretty safe bet as far as new contracts are concerned, but up to now, all we’ve had are rumours. All the while, his fellows are slowly but surely being picked out of the cold, which also means teams are completing their rosters – the lifeboats are filling up.
So what are the options? It is a disastrous time of year to be searching for a new team, obviously, but there are still a number of squads yet to meet the UCI’s 30-rider maximum. Although the number is shrinking fast.
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