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Team Alonso doubts causes cycling transfer market delay

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Cycling's transfer market usually springs to life during the Giro d'Italia as the major teams attempt to secure riders, sponsors either confirm or pull out and agents and team managers negotiate new contracts.

Officially, riders can not sign new contract until August 1 when the transfer window opens, but traditionally the Giro is the place where important deals are being put in place.

However, according to reports from cyclingnews, this year's transfer market is being restrained by the continuing doubts over the planned creation of Fernando Alonso's pro cycling team.

The Formula 1 driver, seen on stage 18 of the Giro, insisted his 20 million Euro team for 2015 will go ahead as planned, but riders pursued by Alonso's technical manager Paolo Bettini seem to be wary about committing as they await confirmation about the team's creation, thus blocking the market.

Five of the riders in question have the vital ranking points required of Team Alonso if they are to secure a WorldTour place. They are currently believed to be sitting on the fence and refusing to sign new deals with their current teams as they hold out for Alonso.

Several riders, out of contract at the end of this season, have been linked to the Spaniards team, including Tony Martin, world champion Rui Costa, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Nacer Bouhanni.

Bike sponsorships for Team Alonso are yet to be determined and could cause a number of changes on the market.

Alonso's team are believed to want an exclusive contract with a bike provider to be able to bring technology from Formula One without the other teams profiting.

Cervelo have been mentioned as a likely candidate and if they join Team Alonso it could mean that Garmin – Sharp has to find a new bike brand.

It has been reported that Peter Sagan was set to choose between his current team Tinkoff – Saxo and Cannondale and he would announce his decision before the Tour de France.

It is now believed that the Slovakian prefers to stay with Tinkoff – Saxo next season and all that the team will now focus on helping him win the classics and grand tour sprint stages.

Orica – GreenEdge are rumoured to be eager to sign an Australian stage race contender for next season in an attempt to compete beyond classics and sprints.

BMC's Cadel Evans has been mentioned but it seems unlikely he will leave due to his close ties with team manager Andy Rihs. Team Sky's Richie Porte, believed to be contracted for 2015, has also been linked but for that to become a reality a deal would have to be made between the teams.

The Australian team must also tie down Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews as their current deals are believed to be running out this year.

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