The transfer season is in full flow at the moment, with riders coming and going, beginning and ending careers on the World Tour scene. Our Kiwi pros have been quiet so far, but there are a number of riders whose contracts come to an end in 2017. Here’s our look at whose contracts are up.
Patrick Bevin – Cannondale Drapac
The man who rode the Tour de France on a broken foot. Patrick Bevin has certainly had a season to remember, and indeed a campaign with Cannondale-Drapac to remember so far. Two seasons, two grand tours to his name and the latter around France came very short notice. Well, actually both did, but Bevin has shown this year that he’s been able to rise to the occasion and perform under pressure. It was his Tour de Suisse campaign that clinched a Tour de France berth, and it was his consistency there and at the Tour of Norway that really impressed us this year.
QUESTION: How long will he be out of action with his injury?
Jack Bauer – Quick-Step Floors
Captain Jack had only signed a 1 year contract with Quick-Step Floors, but no one can say that he hasn’t done everything to earn a new contract with the team. Much as Greg Henderson went to Lotto Soudal and established himself as one of the finest lead out riders in cycling, Jack Bauer has done the same in terms of ability to drag a race along the final 5km. His engine is massive, we knew that already, but he had a command of the field that was particularly impressive at the Tour this year. Personal opportunities have been few and far between, but he did have a strong time trial in stage 20 of the Tour, a good RideLondon-Surrey Classic; and of course he’s the national time trial champion.
QUESTION: If Hamish Bond wants that world TT place, will Bauer be the one to deny him?
Tom Scully – Cannondale-Drapac
Scully hasn’t ridden competitively since early July, but it’s his performance in June that got our attention. Scully took a brilliant win in Route du Sud out of a field that included the likes of Elia Viviani and Bryan Coquard. Scully took his win from a breakaway, seizing the opportunity and presenting a strong enough finishing kick to still take the win even though the break had been caught in the closing metres. Another rider who has taken a support role in the majority of races he has entered, Scully certainly has a bright future.
QUESTION: Is Scully’s win, one of 11 for the team this year, enough to secure a new contract?
Sam Bewley – Orica-SCOTT
The 30 year old was one of our hopes for a debut Tour de France start, but he was denied a spot despite his training camp with Esteban Chaves in Colombia earlier in the season. What does that mean going forward? We hope, although it’s not been confirmed, that he will at least get a start in the Vuelta which is just a week away. He has been very prominent on the front of the peloton in many a race he has entered, and of all our top flight professionals it’s hard to find one with a more sacrificial trooper mindset.
QUESTION: If Bewley doesn’t stay with Orica-SCOTT where would he be best suited?
Greg Henderson – UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Soon he’ll turn 41, and the mutterings have been there that this may be his final year as a professional cyclist and a career in coaching beckons. Well, I say that, a career in coaching is already part of his repertoire really. On a personal basis his best result has come in the Amgen Tour of California in a season that has almost entirely seen him based in America, but for brief stints in the Tour de Langkawi, Herald Sun Tour and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
QUESTION: One more year or is it now time?
Shane Archbold – Bora-Hansgrohe
The bad news: we have not seen Shane Archibald turn a pedal in anger at a UCI event since Paris-Tours in October last year. Good news: he’s most certainly on the up in terms of condition. The 28 year old has gotten stuck into altitude training again, with his body finally reacting well to the pro-cycling demands being placed on it. The questions are pretty boundless and we hope to soon have answers! Whether we will see him race again this year or not is unknown. Whether Bora-Hansgrohe will place their faith in him or not is unknown. Road or track, signed or un, racing or race-less. Oh there are so many questions.
QUESTION: How many race days will Shane have before the end of the season?