Top five transfers of this year's UCI WorldTour off-season

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Top five transfers of this year’s UCI WorldTour off-season

RCUK rounds up five of the biggest transfers as preparations for next year's WorldTour are shaped

Having lost Rigoberto Uran to Omega Pharma-Quickstep, Team Sky have snapped up 29-year-old Spaniard Mikel Nieve from the now defunct Euskaltel-Euskadi. A strong climber, Nieve briefly wore the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France after several impressive rides in the mountains. Nieve was sixth in stage eight – the day Chris Froome blew the General Classification apart on Ax 3 Domaines – third behind Froome on Mont Ventoux, and ninth after the double ascent of Alpe d’Huez.

Mikel Nieve, right,  battles up Mont Ventoux at this year’s Tour de France – a stage in which eventually finished third behind Chris Froome, whom he will join at Team Sky next year (pic: Sirotti)

With Froome bidding for another Tour de France win, and his chief lieutenant Richie Porte targeting Giro d’Italia success, Nieve is likely to be an extremely important domestique in the mountains to one or both of them during the season.  Like Froome and  Porte before him, Nieve could also progress to team leader himself having already secured two top-ten finishes at both the Giro and the Vuelta a Espana, alongside overall 12th at this year’s Tour.

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