Teams and Transfers 2018-2019

The weather’s turning cooler and, as the rumours begin flying about we’ve stocked up on the migraine tablets ready to try to keep up to date with the latest news – it’s transfer season once again! Just as we have in years past, we’ll be trying to keep track of who’s moving to a new team, who’d staying where they are, who’s retiring, which teams are calling it a day and which ones will be back for the 2019 season.

Rumour Control

As ever, we’ll only list rumours that seem like they might potentially be true, and we won’t include any that riders and/or teams ask us not to – much as we’d love to get a scoop, we have absolutely no wish to endanger good relations between riders and sponsors. However, if you’ve heard something interesting, we’d like to know about it – find us on Twitter and Facebook!

 

 

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Army Cycling

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Bianchi Dama UK

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Bonito Squadra Corse

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Bowlphish Racing

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British Cycling Academy/Team Breeze

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British Cycling Junior Academy and Development Squad

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Drops

Leaving: Abi van Twisk and Tayler Wiles (both to US-based Trek Factory Racing), Eva Buurman (to Boels-Dolmans), Annasley Park (retiring), Molly Weaver (retiring)
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Elite Cycling

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5th Floor CC

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Fusion RT-Velo Performance

What a year this team had! Great results all season were followed up with victory at the Women’s Team Series where they beat On Form overall by the slimmest of margins, then they went to the combined Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Championships in Kent where Ruth Summerford took first place to become South-Eastern Champ, while Molly Patch was second and became Eastern Champ. Fusion have been a very strong team for several seasons now, but in 2018 they seemed to really gel and work together as a unit making the most of one another’s strengths. Let’s see what they can achieve in 2019.

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GB Cycles

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Iris Race Team

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Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo

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Les Filles Queen of the Mountains

Les Filles are a team, a club, a group of cycling friends and, most importantly of all – a way of life. Several past members remain as “social associates” and can still appear in the LF kit; any members who leave this year might do the same in the future!

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Lauren Murphy wins a stripy jumper

Liv-Epic

Only a few years ago, it seemed junior women’s cycling in Britain was going to be forgotten about – the exposure it received was virtually non-existent, and riders were simply unable to find the support they needed if they were to become the heroes of tomorrow. Fortunately, there are a number of people involved in cycling in this country who weren’t willing to let that situation persist, and one of them – Mark Botteley – set up the excellent Bourne Wheelers Junior RR in response. Liv-Epic’s Lauren Murphy won the first edition in 2017, then in 2018 the team returned… with so many squads looking to take the jersey, they faced a tough challenge – but a superb effort by Lauren Murphy ensured they kept the title for another year. Can they do the same in 2019?

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Lovelo Squadra Donne

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Matrix

After nine years in which Matrix were the biggest and most popular team in UK women’s cycling, DS Stef Wyman announced late in 2017 that the outfit would be “enjoying 2018 as fans”. Will they be back? We hope so.

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OnForm

Having grown rapidly from a dream in DS Simon Howes’ head to one of the biggest and most successful women’s cycling teams on the British circuit of all time, On Form are always a team to watch.

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Pedal Power RT

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Project 51

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Scarpa Racing

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Speedflex RT

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April Tacey’s performance at the Essex Giro was spectacular – and helped earn her a place at the 2018 Worlds

Team 22 and Pink Jersey RT

Team 22’s stand-out performance on 2018 has to be, in our opinion at least, April Tacey’s superb ride at the Essex Giro where on Day 2 she broke away from the peloton and stayed well out in front all the way to glory. However, with so many other excellent rides by April and the rest of the team, other people may have their own highlights – and we can expect many more in 2019.

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Team LDN

A brand new team set up by Andrew Morris and Coach Watto, who women’s cycling fans will probably recognise from their work with CC London. We are very happy to see the people behind the club taking that club ethos and setting up a new, separate team to provide a supportive environment for riders, providing them with a more focused opportunity to race and develop.

“Team LDN will be a London team for London talent,” says the club’s coach, member and well-known supporter of women’s cycling Coach Watto. “It’ll be made up of girls and women who have been riding for clubs or smaller teams who need to make the step up and get the support needed to compete at the top.”

We hope to have a feature on the team, including a full line-up, very soon.

Torrelli-Brother

Yet another team that benefited from the very generous backing Brother UK have shown UK women’s cycling over the last year, using it wisely to go from “good team” to “excellent team”. Whilst we suspect Sophie Wright won’t be the only rider on the 2018 squad to have received some emails from pro teams, 2018’s results are likely to mean they can fill gaps left by departing riders with new talent.

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TW1 Racing

What a great first season for Twickenham CC’s TW1 Racing Team – which set out to achieve a top five overall placing in the Women’s Team Series and achieved it, as well as their aim to give several aspiring racers from the their parent club a chance to experience competition and learn from the team members. TW1 really are one of the friendliest in the sport and striving to do their part to improve women’s cycling – so give them some support!

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VC St Raphael

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Velo Club Londres

VCL, as the name suggests, are really a cycling club rather than a team. However, they’re such force in the British women’s cycling scene, both in London and elsewhere and on road, track and off-road, that they’re included here.

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Velo Schils Interbike

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Vision Innovative Leisure

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Wiggle-High5 (UCI)

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Leaving: Kirsten Wilde and Lisa Brennauer (both to WNT), Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Elisa Longo Borghini (both to Trek Factory Racing), Lucy Garner (to Hitec Products), Emilia Fahlin (to FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futurscope), Elinor Barker (new team tbc), Katie Archibald (new team tbc), Grace Garner (new team tbc), Amy Cure (new team tbc), Julie Leth (new team tbc), Rachele Barbieri (new team tbc), Macey Stewart (new team tbc), Nettie Edmondson (new team tbc), Eri Yonamine (new team tbc), Grace Brown (new team tbc), Martina Ritter (new team tbc),

Kirsten Wild (image c/o WNT-Rotor)

WNT-Rotor (UCI)

Although WNT  will not be a British team in 2019 (having now re-registered as Austrian) they’ve built up a fan base over here and so we’re leaving them on the list for one last time and look forward to seeing how the squad takes shape.

WNT always like to get in early with a big announcement and they did it in style in August 2018 when they revealed that three-time World Champion Kirsten Wild had joined up with a two-year contract. Kirsten is widely recognised as one of the strongest sprinters in cycling and has won more than as hundred races at UCI level in her long and successful career. “I’m delighted to join WNT – ROTOR Pro Cycling, their team values, work ethics and targets are aligned with mine, and I look forward to bringing a wealth of experience to the team,” she said.

Only one day later, the team announced it had also signed former World, European and German National Champion Lisa Brennauer, again on a two-year contract. Those two alone are enough to make WNT a serious threat to the likes of Waowdeals and Boels-Dolmans in 2018. .

Leaving: Lydia Boylan (confirmed by Lydia on Facebook; new team tbc), Melissa Lowther (new team tbc), Hayley Jones (new team tbc),
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Riders

Former World Champion Lizzie Deignan is leaving Boels-Dolmans, her home for several years and with whom she has enjoyed a great deal of success, and moving on to the new Trek Factory Racing team. Fellow Brit Abi van Twisk, formerly with Drops, also joins the squad.

Superstar sprinter Lucy Garner was never going to have much difficulty finding a new home following the demise of Wiggle-High5 – she’d got two Junior World Championship gold medals and a GC victory at the Tour of Chongming Island on her palmares, after all. It’s great to see she’s going to such a well-established team, which is known to care about much more than just results, as Karl Lima’s Norwegian squad Hitec Products-Birk Sport.

It’s always such a pleasure to see a rider you’ve followed since she was a teenager hit the big time – Sophie Wright is joining Cervelo-Bigla.

Danielle Rowe will remain with her current squad, the Dutch team Waowdeals.

Pfeiffer Georgi, whom many consider one of the most promising young riders in the history of British bike racing and who won the junior Gent-Wevelgem, has unsurprisingly been offered a pro contract – she’s joining the German-registered Team Sunweb. Equally unsurprising, Under-23 Sophie Wright – who, like Pfeiffer, showed enormous potential from her very first races and has continued to build on it ever since – also has a pro contract and is leaving her British team Torelli-Brother for the Swiss outfit Cervelo-Bigla.

Amy Roberts is leaving Parkhotel Valkenburg, with her new team yet to be confirmed.

Elizabeth Banks is leaving US team United Healthcare, with her new team to be confirmed.