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The pro cycling transfer market was busy at the close of the week. Italian sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo and Dutch climber Laurens ten Dam both found new homes for 2019, while British up-and-comer Hugh Carthy signed an extension with his current team.
Nizzolo is headed to Dimension Data next season after spending his entire professional career in the Trek-Segafredo organization. The 29-year-old is a former national champion and a two-time winner of the Giro d’Italia’s points classification, but has struggled with knee tendonitis for the better part of the last two seasons.
“I have been among the most consistent performers in the WorldTour for years, I feel that ‘fast men’s classics’ and GT stages are within my reach and I want to unleash my full potential with Team DD,” Nizzolo said via Dimension Data’s website. “The level in the sprints is crazy-high in the WorldTour and I am sure this strong line-up will make a huge difference in what we will manage to do together.”
Ten Dam, 37, will leave Sunweb for the newly merged BMC-CCC outfit in the coming season. The veteran Dutchman has raced all three grand tours multiple times, delivering top 10s in both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España earlier in his career.
“Laurens ten Dam is one of the most experienced riders in the peloton so he will be an asset to the team when he joins in 2019, particularly as a mentor for the younger riders in the roster,” said BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz. “Ten Dam has proved himself to be a valuable domestique at Grand Tours and stage races and it is this selflessness that is crucial to establishing a strong team dynamic.”
While Nizzolo and ten Dam are bound for new digs in 2019, Carthy is staying put. The 24-year-old Brit will continue with EF Education First-Drapac for a further two seasons, on the heels of a strong year that saw him collect top 10s in several stage races.
“I’m happy here,” Carthy via a team release. “I’m happy that I have been allowed to grow and develop without significant pressure. The development process varies in length between different riders, so it’s important to have belief and trust behind you.”