Friday the 1st of August marks the official opening of the cycling transfer window, even if deals for riders have been in the works for many months already. The usual flurry of announcements are expected over the course of the coming weeks, plus the addition of Oleg Tinkov’s transfer policy of tweeting his followers concerning his dealings
Astana manager Alexander Vinokourov had been vocal of his transfer ambitions at this year’s tour, stating his intentions for Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot. However his first major signing is familiar with another kind of red, white and blue tricolour; ex-Dutch champion Lars Boom has signed a 2 year deal with Astana to bolster their classics ambitions’. Luis Leon Sanchez was a more unexpected signing and has been handed a lifeline back to the WorldTour from Caja Rural.
As mentioned here earlier in the week, Cofidis are looking to shake the team up massively this year beyond just changing bike manufacturer. Announcing what may be their marquee signing of the window, Nacer Bouhanni joins from fellow French outfit FDJ. Cofidis will now be looking to build a strong lead out train for the French champion sprinter and look to be offloading lacklustre GC man Rein Taaramäe and Jérôme Coppel to make room.