It's (almost) that time again, when the teams are finally allowed to officially announce all the 2023 moves that have been signed and sealed for months. The actual date is Aug 1st but everything is leaking out early.
The big one first - Lorena Wiebes, undisputed fastest female sprinter of 2022, is on the move from Team DSM to SD Worx. She had a contract until 2024 but there was apparently a clause allowing her to find a better contract. Fair play, careers are short and money isn't great on the women's side, get paid whilst you can. Superteam SD will now have the best sprinter and best climber.
Talking of superteams, Jumbo's quest to dominate the whole season continues with the signing of Dylan van Baarle, 2022 winner of the Greatest Race In The World (and runner up in some Belgian semi-classic as well). Dylan and Wout is a frightening prospect, with the likes of Laporte and Benoot in support. Good luck to everyone else, they'll need it.
In a somewhat surprising move, Giro runner up and perrenial GT contender Richard "Shell" Carapaz is leaving Ineos for EF. The American team haven't had a genuine GC player in a while so this is a big aquisition, but you wonder why some bigger teams weren't in on someone with such proven quality. Also continues the pattern of Ineos, G apart, not keeping their older leaders but instead choosing to invest in youth (Thymen Arensman) and solid domestiques. Baby Giro dominator Leo Hayter will join his big brother at the Grenadiers - stagiaire for the remainder of this season with a likely full move in 2023.
Alpecin are reinforcing ahead of their promotion to full World Tour status. Kaden Groves, Quinten Hermans and Soren Kragh Andersen are very solid additions and fit with the team's classics + stages philosophy. One subtraction is Tim Merlier, who is almost certainly on his way to Quickstep.
Some other rumors/unconfirmed:
Mike Teunissen to IWG
Wilko Kelderman, Attilia Valter to Jumbo
Adam Yates, Eddie Dunbar to Bike Exchange
Cees Bol to B&B
Dylan Teuns to IWG
Tim Wellens to UAE
Of course, the big one we are all waiting for - who will sign Cav and take him back to Le Tour?