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Domestic peloton update: 2018 men’s transfers

Here's a detailed guide to the North American men's pro cycling teams and rider transfers ahead of the 2018 season.

Along with the WorldTour transfer guide VeloNews published back in August, a lot has changed stateside. To help fans keep track of what is happening with teams in North America, we gathered this detailed list ahead of the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Road Tour season next spring. This is a guide to the men’s teams. We also published an equivalent guide for the women’s peloton.

Three U.S. Continental teams moved up to the Pro Continental status — Axeon Hagens Berman, Rally Cycling, and Holowesko-Citadel — while others sadly folded. After spending a season at the Continental status, Hangar 15 Pro Cycling will be going back down to domestic elite status. Team Arapahoe is no longer as its title sponsor joined forces with Holowesko-Citadel for 2018. Cylance chose not to continue with its men’s team for next season, with the sponsors shifting all of their focus to the women’s program.

North American pro men’s cycling teams

(* denotes new signings)

303 Project (USA) – UCI Continental status

After racing its debut season as a domestic elite team, the jump to Continental status is welcome news for the national circuit. The Colorado-based team grows to a 17-rider squad from only 13 this season. Notable riders next season include Austin Stephens after winning the Green Mountain Stage Race in September, Tony Baca, the KOM jersey winner at NorthStar Grand Prix, and Flavio de Luna who returns to racing fulltime after racing with Team Illuminate in 2016, and Team SmartStop for several seasons.

Tony Baca (Leaves Elbowz Racing)*
Dillon Caldwell (First-year professional)*
Mac Cassin
Maxx Chance (Cyclocross racer for EVOL Racing)*
Andrew Clemence (First-year professional)*
Cullen Easter (Leaves Team Illuminate)*
Griffin Easter (Leaves Team Illuminate)*
Grant Ellwood (Cyclocross racer for Boulder Cycle Sport)*
Bernat Font (Leaves Gsport-Valencia Esport-Wolfbike)*
Rolando Gonzalez (First-year professional)*
Flavio de Luna (Left Team Illuminate in 2016)*
Isaiah Newkirk
Cristhian Ravelo
Jake Silverberg (Leaves Start-Vaxes Cycling Team)*
Austin Stephens
Taylor Warren
Chris Winn (Leaves Hangar 15 Pro Cycling)*

Aevolo Pro Cycling (USA) – UCI Continental status

In its second year as a Continental team, Aevolo has added five new riders, while it saw three leave the squad. Jack Burke signed with Jelly Belly, Zeke Mostov moved up to race with Axeon Hagens Berman, and Jokin Extabe will not return. The team’s top results in 2017 included a stage win at Redlands Bicycle Classic with Gage Hecht and the best young rider classification at Cascade Cycling Classic with Luis Villalobos. The 12-rider team in 2018 will look to bolster its time trial strength with new additions, Alex Hoehn and Fernando Islas, while helping to develop Kenny Boots who will be racing as a junior and not on the UCI team, expecting to race Redlands building towards the junior worlds time trial.

Kenny Boots (USA Cycling Track Team — racing as a junior, not UCI)*
Laurent Gervais
Lance Haidet
Gage Hecht
Michael Hernandez
Alex Hoehn (leaves Elevate KHS Pro Cycling)*
Fernando Islas (leaves Mexican LBU Action Team)*
Nick McKey (First-year professional)*
Jason Saltzman
Denzel Stephenson (Cyclocross racer for EVOL Racing)*
Tyler Stites
Luis Villalobos

Axeon Hagens Berman (USA) – UCI Pro Continental status

The change to Pro Continental status was a focus for the U23 development squad to gain additional exposure and the chance to participate in larger races, the team explained. Four riders continue the team’s success in graduating to the WorldTour — Chris Lawless (Team Sky), Jhonnatan Narvaez (Quick-Step), Logan Owen (EF Education First-Drapac), and Neilson Powless (LottoNL-Jumbo). Ed Dunbar is also leaving the team, signing with Aqua Blue Sport for next season. The team adds seven riders to its 17-rider arsenal for 2018, from national champions Cole Davis, João Almeida, and Thomas Revard, to the U23 TT World Champion, Mikkel Bjerg.

João Almeida (leaves UCI Continental team Unieuro Trevigiani-Hemus 1986)*
Edward Anderson
Will Barta
Mikkel Bjerg (U23 world time trial champion)*
Chris Blevins
Jonathan Brown
Adrien Costa
Geoffrey Curran
Cole Davis (U.S. junior road race national champion)*
Ian Garrison
Zeke Mostov (Leaves Aevolo Pro Cycling)*
Ivo Oliveira
Rui Oliveira
Jasper Philipsen (Leaves BMC Development Team)*
Thomas Revard (U23 USA national criterium champion)*
Michael Rice
Maikel Zijlaard (2017 Tour of Flanders juniors champion)*

Canel’s Specialized (MEX) – UCI Continental status

Canel’s Specialized heads into its 36th season, as the sole Continental men’s team in Mexico. The team has built its roster for 2018 to be more competitive in the United States, moving away from a climbing-focused team that helped its riders succeed throughout Mexico and Central America. Last season was the first time in many years the team traveled to the United States to compete. Exits include Jose Alfredo Aguirre Infante, Amil Munich, and Victor Garcia who will all be heading to Spain. Aguirre Infante sprinted to several podium spots in the U.S. this season, while Garcia has chosen to retire, working as a mechanic for the Euskadi-Murias continental team. Munich was forced to sit out most of the season due to injury but signed with Gomer-Cantabria Deporte-Ferroatlantica. Canel’s will look to the current Mexican national road race champion, Efren Santos, and Roman Villalobos to lead the team. The full 12-man roster will be announced after the team completes the Vuelta a Costa Rica on December 27.

Pablo Alarcon
Jhonatan Casillas
Eduardo Corte
Daniel Martinez
Michael Rodriguez
Efren Santos
Jose Alfredo Santoyo Conzalez
Roman Villalobos

Cyclus Sports – UCI Continental status

Cyclus Sports becomes a new UCI Continental team after one season of professional racing in 2017. The team prides itself on a roster built from locals around its home base, Greensboro, North Carolina. Cyclus expects to rely on leaders like Michael Gearren and sprinter Brooks Deese as it races in about 18 stops on the Pro Road Tour, predominantly on the East Coast. Ben Renkema is a new addition to Cyclus and joins after winning the 2017 Cat. 1 criterium national championship. The team’s 2018 training camp will start March 17 in Greensboro and its riders will start their race season with the Alabama Cycling Classic on April 7-8.

Ian Baun
Winston David
Corey Davis
Brooks Deese
Oliver Flautt
Michael Gearren
Andrew Giniat
Parker Kyzer
Ricky Randall
Ben Renkema*
Connor Sallee

Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team (USA) – UCI Continental status

The debut season for Elevate KHS on the continental level earned the team important podium spots and victories with both Jose Alfredo Rodriguez and James Piccoli having breakout seasons. Rodriguez sprinted to seven race victories with podium spots at Gila, Utah, and Colorado against top international competition. Piccoli joined the team mid-season, allowing him to race at both Utah and Alberta where he raced to top-10 finishes on GC. New signings for 2018 include U.S. national amateur time trial champion George Simpson, Scott Law after impressive rides at Tulsa Tough, Sam Bessetti, and Kevin Gerkins. Jordan Cheyne joins after spending the past two years in a supporting role helping both Lachlan Morton and Serghei Tvetcov to important victories with Jelly Belly.

Sam Bassetti (Leaves Team Herbalife)
Jordan Cheyne (Leaves Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)*
Eder Frayre
Kevin Gerkins (Leaves Elbowz Racing)*
Scott Law (Leaves Cylance Pro Cycling)*
Brian McCulloch
James Piccoli Alfredo Rodriguez
George Simpson (Leaves Gateway Harley Davidson U25 Trek Team)*
Nick Torraca
Cory Williams

H&R Block Pro Cycling Team (CAN) – UCI Continental status

H&R Block Pro Cycling did not have a preliminary roster at press time. We will update this as information is released.

Holowesko-Citadel (USA) – UCI Pro Continental status

Following a successful season winning Redlands Bicycle Classic, and stage wins in Colorado and Utah, the team jumps up to Pro Continental. Holowesko-Citadel also welcomes new sponsor Arapahoe Resources, combining the two programs. Eight riders will be returning, while the team has signed another eight. Notable new signings include Colombians Brayan Sanchez and Bryan Gomez, along with Swiss Fabian Lienhard. The team will look to TJ Eisenhart to lead GC, following Robin Carpenter’s departure to Rally Cycling. New Performance Director, Bobby Julich, expects Nicolai Broechner to do well in the one-day races. The team will consist of 16 riders, up from 12 in 2017.

Miguel Bryon
Nicolai Broechner (Leaves Danish Riwal Plateform Cycling Team)*
Evan Bybee (From Arapahoe Resources)*
Ruben Companioni
Andrew Dahlheim (From Arapahoe Resources)*
TJ Eisenhart
Andzs Flaksis
Bryan Gomez (Leaves Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek U25 Team)*
Grant Koontz (First-year professional)*
Andrei Krasilnikau
Joe Lewis
Fabian Lienhard (Leaves BMC Development Team)*
John Murphy
Morgan Schmitt (Leaves Jelly Belly-Maxxis)*
Brayan Sanchez (Leaves EPM)*
Brendan Rhim

Jelly Belly-Maxxis (USA) – UCI Continental status

Celebrating its 19th season in 2018, Jelly Belly returns with a focus on the major stage races and nationals in the U.S. The team will expect to make a few stops in Asia once again as in years past. Following a strong season, Serghei Tvetcov announced his departure to UnitedHealthcare, soon followed by Jordan Cheyne who will line up with Elevate-KHS and Sean Bennett who will race with Team CCB Foundation-Sicleri. Josh Berry chose to retire after struggling to reach the same results he enjoyed prior to surgery for iliac arterial endofibrosis. Taylor Sheldon and Jacob Rathe will lead the team after impressive seasons, backed by strong new additions including Steve Fisher and Rene Corella.

Jack Burke (Leaves Aevolo Pro Cycling)*
Ulises Castillo
Rene Corella*
Steve Fisher (From Hangar 15 Pro Cycling)*
Matteo Jorgenson (Leaves Hot Tubes development program)*
Cormac Mcgeough*
Jacob Rathe
Michael Sheehan
Taylor Sheldon
Keegan Swirbul
Curtis White (Cyclocross racer)*
Ben Wolfe

Rally Cycling (USA) – UCI Pro Continental status

VeloNews recently named Rally Cycling’s 2017 squad as domestic standouts. The team celebrated nine national championships in Canada, took the overall victory at no less than five North American stage races, and made history at the Amgen Tour of California, as one of only two Continental teams invited to the race. Tour of Gila and Alberta Champion Evan Huffman returns, along with Rob Britton, Matteo Dal-Cin, and Veteran Danny Pate. Kuss makes the jump to the WorldTour signing with LottoNL-Jumbo. Tom Soladay chose to retire, moving into a communications staff position with the team. New additions include Robin Carpenter, Ty Magner, Kyle Murphy, and Ryan Anderson who returns after a season racing in France. Nigel Ellsay rounded out the new signings, after a strong performance at the Tour of Utah. Ellsay joins his sister, Gillian, on the same program for the first time in their professional careers.

Ryan Anderson (Leaves Direct Energie)*
Jesse Anthony
Rob Britton
Robin Carpenter (Leaves Holowesko-Citadel)*
Matteo Dal-Cin
Adam de Vos
Nigel Ellsay (Leaves Silber Pro Cycling)*
Brad Huff
Evan Huffman
Colin Joyce
Ty Magner (Leaves Holowesko-Citadel)*
Brandon McNulty
Kyle Murphy (Leaves Cylance pro cycling)*
Emerson Oronte
Danny Pate
Eric Young

Silber Pro Cycling (CAN) – UCI Continental status

Silber announced its first addition to its 2018 roster, Canadian junior road and crit champion, Charles-Étienne Chrétien. Seven riders have chosen to remain with the program after graduating Nigel Ellsay to Rally Cycling. The challenge next season will be to provide the racing platform that can keep up with the development of its riders, the team added. Below is its preliminary roster, with additions to be announced in the coming weeks.

Stephen Bassett
Alex Cowan
Pier André-Côté
Charles-Étienne Chrétien (Leaves Iamgold Team)*
Nicolas Masbourian
Adam Roberge
Marc-Antoine Soucy
Nickolas Zukowsky

Team CCB Foundation-Sicleri (USA) – UCI Continental status

This season will be the second year the long-running New England based program will be listed as a Continental team. Partnering with Foundation Cycling out of New York City, the team will continue its objective of developing riders to reach the next level. Thomas Revard has graduated from the program, signing a deal with Axeon Hagens Berman for 2018. The mostly U23 squad will continue to encourage its riders to pursue higher education while competing. As they did this season, the focus will be on European and Asian UCI races, skipping many top races in the U.S. due to travel costs. John Harris, Noah Granigan, and Jake Sitler are riders to watch after strong results in 2017. New signing, Jonathan Sandoval, is another after a strong Redlands and finishing top-10 on the queen stage at the Tour de Beauce against top continental riders.

Sean Bennett
Pat Collins
Wyatt Goral*
Noah Granigan
John Harris
Thomas Humphreys*
Brendan McCormack*
Jonah Mead-VanCort
Gabe Mendez
Spencer Petrov
Jonathan Sandoval (First-year professional)*
Conor Schunk*
Jacob Sitler
Cooper Willsey

Team Illuminate (USA) – UCI Continental status

The former AirGas outfit continues to race devoid of logos. The team opted for a different approach to its kit to help connect with fans through the bike alone and not under a brand that may turn some fans away. This was also demonstrated in its international racing calendar, which included participation and stage wins at the Tour of Rwanda, and the Vuelta a Colombia. Colombian Edwin Avila has signed with Israel Cycling Academy, while the Easter brothers joined 303 Project for the coming season. Connor Brown leads the team’s new signings. Roster below is preliminary and will be updated.

Connor Brown (leaves Elevate KHS)*
Manuel Cazzaro
Nate King
Connor McCutcheon
Bradley Neagos
Simon Pellaud
Cameron Piper

Team Novo Nordisk (USA) – UCI Pro Continental status

The world’s all-diabetes pro cycling team will race its sixth season with 16 athletes from 10 countries. The team will be updating its kit as well, changing to navy blue after racing in a prominently white kit for five years. Two development riders are graduating to the professional team in 2018, Sam Brand and Emanuel Mini. A reduced roster has been chosen to focus on its primary goal of inspiring and empowering everyone affected by diabetes. The team heads into next season with renewed confidence and motivation hoping to land on more podiums while continuing to develop and give opportunities to riders with type 1 diabetes.

Mehdi Benhamouda
Sam Brand*
Fabio Calabria
Stephen Clancy
Romain Gioux
Joonas Henttala
Rik van Ijzendoorn
Brian Kamstra
David Lozano
Reid McClure
Emanual Mini*
Andrea Peron
Charles Planet
Umberto Poli
Quentin Valognes
Chris Williams

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA) – UCI Pro Continental status

UHC announced two new additions for next season. Serghei Tvetcov joins after finishing second at the inaugural Colorado Classic this summer. The Romanian will be seeking that elusive overall win at one of the prestigious U.S. multi-day races next season, serving as a GC double threat alongside Gavin Mannion. Former U.S. road and criterium Champion Eric Marcotte will join former SmartStop teammate Travis McCabe once again, boosting the team’s firepower in the one-day races and sprint finishes. Finally, track specialist and 2017 Pan-American champion in the scratch race, Hugo Velazquez, 25, joins the team from Argentina. The team is focused on growth and continuing its success in the US Pro Road Tour after finishing second in the teams classification in 2017 with Mannion winning the individual title.

Janier Acevedo
Carlos Alzate
Alex Cataford
Jonny Clarke
Daniel Eaton
Sebastian Haedo
Adrian Hegyvary
Daniel Jaramillo
Luke Keough
Gavin Mannion
Eric Marcotte (Leaves Cylance Pro Cycling)*
Travis McCabe
Lachlan Norris
Tanner Putt
Serghei Tvetcov (Leaves Jelly Belly-Maxxis)*
Hugo Velazquez*