I don't know why I am watching the transfer season with such interest this year, but I am.
Disco is gone and know where many of their riders are going. It appears that Levi is going to Astana along with several other Disco riders.
Chris Horner does not have an announced ride yet.
Navigators is going away while Rock Racing looks to dominate the domestic scene next year.
Here are my thoughts on a few riders:
Is Astana going to let him come back to the United States to do California and/or Georgia and/or Missouri? I'm not sure why the capital of Kazakhstan would need/want publicity in the United States, but I don't understand the business model.
I hope he signs with Slipstream. I don't know if the money is what he is looking for, but it should allow him more time in the states while still riding a mostly European calendar. If he doesn't go with Slipstream, I hope he stays with Predictor-Lotto. While he could dominate the domestic scene with Rock Racing, he's already done that.
I'm glad many teams want to sign him and maybe he is sticking with Johan at Astana, but I think CSC would be a good fit for him. I think CSC wants some American riders since the headquarters is in the US and Riis likes strong time trialers. He is a tireless worker and might fit in well. Of course, CSC could hire Horner as well, but their penchant for time trialers seems to fit McCartney.
I thought he was going to T-Mobile. He seems like a super talented rider with a huge upside. He might not have had the season he did a year ago, but he still looks like he could be a future grand tour winner. I thought T-Mobile was a good fit. Any team with a proven grand tour rider he could learn from would be a good fit I think (CSC, Predictor, Astana, etc).
It's hard to believe the Tour winner doesn't have a ride yet, but maybe all these riders are going to the same team. I would think a Spanish team would want him badly. I would think he would want to be on a team that can give him support, but good support riders cost money. If a Spanish team offers him a large amount of money, it might be hard to turn down.
Feel free to throw in others...