Racing Rumors 2022 Part 1: Luca Shaw to Specialized, Martin Maes to Orbea & More

Sep 30, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  


What a wild season! Racing in 2021 went down to the wire and we're still not finished yet, with more fireworks due at the final round of the EWS taking place in Scotland this weekend. For some race fans, the off-season shenanigans are even more intriguing than the racing itself and so we begin the silly business of internet investigation and rumor filtering until the UCI team list is revealed.

To get a head start, we've tapped up sources and spoken to riders to try and get a clearer picture of what might be happening next year. Below are rumors, and only rumors, of some rider movements for 2022. These include Luca Shaw to Specialized, Laurie Greenland off to a new team and some very in-demand racers.






Luca Shaw to Specialized - Possible
Luca Shaw doing the business for team America.

The Santa Cruz Syndicate has rarely featured in these round ups in the past simply because they generally hold on to riders and nurture them over a long period of time. The last time the team saw any riders added to the team was in 2017, when Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier joined the fold. With Loris moving on to Trek last year, there were just two riders on the team this year, Greg Minnaar and Luca Shaw.

Luca has ridden to three of his four Elite podiums in the Syndicate colours. However, it sounds like it might be time for Luca to try his hand with a new team and the strongest rumor we've heard is that Specialized is where he'll end up. Luca started his journey as a World Cup racer with Specialized when he was racing as a junior in 2013, so it would be a poetic return for him nearly a decade later.

Laurent Delorme, Specialized Gravity team manager, said "Luca was part of Specialized family, back in the day. Many people in Morgan Hill still supports him. He's a well-known rider, did great results, and Loic, Finn and Chris really like him.

I spoke personally to him this end of the season, to talk about his physical condition, his injuries, his future: he's somebody I really like and appreciate (same for his brother and his father...)

It doesn't mean that we will sign him for the future, because I talk with many riders who I like, and to help them to find the right mood... Santa Cruz, with Rob Roskopp, Kathy, Steve or Greg, is a strong team, and we love racing against them because they are fast. I'm 100 per cent sure that we will never steal a rider from another team because it's not how the business of our sport should be. It must be the rider and team's choice.

PureAgency for Specialized Gravity Team confirmed last year a long term agreement with Specialized Bicycles, including its Elite riders."

Luca and Santa Cruz declined to comment.



Martin Maes to Orbea - Possible
Martin Maes rode strong and confident to make his first podium appearance of the season

Martin Maes and GT seemed like a combination as timeless as berries and cream as GT took Maes on board as a teenager and have nurtured him into the world-class racer he is today. Well, that might not be the case anymore. Martin has come to the end of a three-year contract he signed in October 2018 and has apparently been shopping around for a new deal. We've seen a lot of chatter that links him to Orbea, but the truth is his future is still in doubt.

Martin told us, "I can confirm that I've been approached with Orbea as well as other brands. Myself and my manager are still negotiating with the interested brands so I can confirm that nothing has been signed yet."

Of course, this could mean Martin is off to a new team or, simply, he's just trying to gauge his worth so he can sign a stronger deal with GT.

Xabier Rodrigo, communications manager at Orbea, told us, "The season has not finished yet and we have to respect the right moments. For sure, the enduro category is key for us. We want to keep our progression next year and we want to perform in EWS. So of course, we’re having an eye on some riders and potential leaders for next season. Martin Maes could be one of these names. We’ve already got in touch with him some years ago, but he stayed in his team. Let’s wait and see what the future will bring. And don't worry, because as soon as we have official information about the roster for 2022, we will inform everybody who is supporting our team and to all the people who are making this sport bigger."



Izabela Yankova Considering Big Team Offers - Confirmed
Izabella Yankova shutting down the junior womens show just one more time this time with 5 seconds to spare.

One of the breakout stars of 2021 has been Izabela Yankova. The 17-year-old Bulgarian rider clean swept the final three Junior women's World Cups of the year and finished the season as World Cup overall champion and World Champion. She currently rides for the Riders United team, a Bulgarian domestic squad that focuses on youth development, but her exploits this year have earned her the attention of some far bigger setups.

There are quite a few teams without a top woman heading into next year and with Izabela promising to develop into an even faster prospect, we expect she'll land herself a big deal for 2021.



4 Brands Tried To Sign Benoit Coulanges Mid-Contract - Confirmed
Coulanges never quite figured out the Lenzerheide track will he be able to puzzle the Snowshoe rocks together for a podium or perhaps his inaugral win

Another rider whose results have caused a stir this year is Benoit Coulanges. In the past couple of years, he's really grown into a consistent top ten racer and finished eighth in the overall standings last year. If I was a betting man, I'd put money on him being the next new World Cup winner in the Elite men's field.

I'm clearly not alone in seeing his potential as there are apparently four different brands with offers on the table for Benoit. He said, "4 teams have expressed their interest, I can say that I have already made my final choice and we are close to the final details."

At this time, we don't know who the brands were or what his final choice was, but it sounds like it won't be long until we find out more.



Laurie Greenland to the Santa Cruz Syndicate - Possible
Laurie Greenland floating into the finish arena up at the splits.

If Luca is set to depart from the Syndicate then there's no doubt a big name will be needed to replace him. We've heard from our sources that Laurie Greenland could be exactly that rider.

Laurie is definitely keeping his cards close to his chest with this one. He said, "Funny you should ask, I'm actually making the big switch to pro swingball for 2022, watch this space for the announcement." We'll keep an eye on this one with interest.



Florian Nicolai Parts Ways with Trek - Likely
Florian Nicolai on top of Stage 1

It seems like barely any time has passed since Florian Nicolai's season-long battle with Sam Hill for the 2019 Enduro World Series title. With his big move to Trek that offseason, it seemed like Florian was set up to be a regular challenger for wins. 2020 was a great (if short) season for Florian with two podiums from three races, but it hasn't quite clicked in 2021 where his best result has been a 14th.

We've heard that Trek and Florian will be parting ways this off season and that Florian will race for a French team next year. Trek and Florian declined to comment for this piece.



Tuhoto Ariki to the Syndicate - Not True
Expect to see a lot more of this guy next season. The rumour mill has him pegged for a top team.

The final name linked to the Syndicate is Tuhoto Ariki. The young Kiwi has been picking up some great results on the Santa Cruz sponsored Union team, which could have been a great launchpad for a seat on the Californian brand's A team. However, it seems like Tuhoto is happy where he is for now.

Team manager Joe Bowman told us, "It's been rad to see him get the attention he deserves, but unfortunately Tuhoto won't be jumping to the Syndicate this year. Hopefully at some point, the Union goal of giving the riders a lily pad to bigger things does result in a move like this for him though!"

Joe also gave us a little tease about a new female rider for the Union team, "a certain Viking that invaded America some time ago."



Mark Wallace to Norco - Not True
Mark Wallace pushing through the finish line and earned himself fifth. That s two podiums this year with one race left.

One of the big rumors that has been going around the pits this year is that Mark Wallace may leave his long-term sponsor Canyon to join a fellow Canadian brand in Norco. Well, we're here to knock that one on the head. Mark still has a year left on his contract so will be racing on the Sender again next year.

Norco team manager Kevin Haviland told us, "We are looking some potential options, but nothing is that close to be honest. So no real news to share from our end."



We have a few more leads we're chasing down and will be producing a second part to this article in the coming weeks.


167 Comments

  • 256 3
 Just want to confirm I will be staying with MasterCard for the 2022 season (and 2023 looking at my current card balance)

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  • 21 0
 0% for 34 months? Man thats a great deal I don't know why you'd ever leave
  • 16 0
 Nice dude. My deal on the Pinkbike Buy/Sell team has also been extended to at least 2022.
  • 3 0
 Need to find that Credit Card team that pays you though!
  • 2 0
 @RFrogh: he paid 3.5% in fees.
  • 1 0
 @RFrogh: The UK is seeming rich in supporters of this nature who are willing to stump up for middle aged "twilight" athletes
  • 1 0
 Rachel will be racing again 2022
  • 1 0
 @metong: doubt it
  • 167 3
 Sam Hill to retire and take up position with CRC Nukeproof as mentor and make every team rider switch to flats.

Peaty surprises all and signs with newly formed Orange DH Team as lead rider.

The GOAT announces he will race a 36er at next years worlds, claiming "the wheel size just fits my 9' tall body so much better"

The UCI bring back 4X and Dual Slalom and promise "the disciplines wont be a freak show and after thought this time around"

Kaos and Kade decide to stop throwing whips and tricks and adopt a Nico Vuillouz style training regime.

Covid still had the world by the testes and continues to ruin parts distribution, forcing people to start running 15 year old parts they found in the shed.

Commencal release carbon Supreme.

Haro and Iron Horse make a return to the WC scene on rebranded Intense frames. Mick Hannah's retirement cancelled and he will ride for Haro. Nathan Rennie comes out of retirement and ride for Iron Horse.

Clearly rumours and speculation, and I may or may not be drunk.......
  • 21 2
 Surely you jest. Commencal would never do that
  • 4 2
 Quite funny mrs Hill commented a few days ago that Sam is not thinking about retirement at all!
  • 4 0
 @winko: read the last line......
  • 7 0
 Don't forget Sam Hill says $$@& it and returns on an iron horse
  • 4 0
 Was just thinking what ever happened to Rennie the other day, would be good to see him back on the syndicate, maybe a XXXX Gold sponsorship to sweeten the deal
  • 2 0
 @ctd07: Surely he'd be on Tooheys New being from south of the border!
  • 6 0
 Chis Kovarik (on an Intense) fills out the podium with Mick and Rennie. The glory days of Australian DH are back!
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: Stampy is swinging off a digger building awesome trails at Kooralbyn and raising his kids in awesomeness.
  • 3 0
 Greg Minaar will ride Marzocchi Super Monster 300mm fork I've been told...
  • 2 0
 @winko: He mentioned in a podcast earlier in the year that he wants to race DH again. That'd be sick to see Greg and Sam racing together again.
  • 2 0
 Most of that happened in the 90’s during my MTB career. Well at least everybody raving on Intense frames rebranded and NV waxing everyone.
Oh and the reason nobody makes much money these days is the entire industry is still broke from paying John Tomac.
  • 1 0
 I think you might have got the COVID one right
  • 1 0
 @StefanPsy: and Kona stab deluxe
  • 110 1
 VitalMTB to Outside to complete the monopoly.
  • 24 0
 then to nsmb we go!!
  • 56 1
 @adrennan: sometimes I feel like I'm too young for NSMB editorial line... (I'm 39)
  • 1 0
 ideally no
  • 2 0
 @iiman: I feel you. But I love the fact that content like that exists.
  • 13 0
 @iiman: YES. I don't know what it is, but those just seem to be written in such a bizarre, "old" kind of way. I feel like I'm reading an essay about gardening, or rambling. I like them, but they're weird.
  • 2 0
 @Darwin66: yup, same feeling. Reading nsmb feels a bit like you're reading one of those limited release magazines with thick white paper covers. I really don't like when they wander into politics, but some of their reviews are, IMO, among the best. Among their writers I really really like AJ Barlas, he's top notch
  • 2 0
 @Darwin66: oh, is just that 'riding and aging' bive and the dad articles, but I really enjoy their content, specially Dave Tolnay's
  • 4 1
 @iiman: ditto at 48 - I don't have time to read 1,000-word features on the optimal way to load a fanny pack.
  • 39 2
 Ratboy to replace Luca i heard
  • 16 0
 Reynolds Wrap to step in as helmet sponsor
  • 20 0
 @northernwig: He would still have to get vaccinated though
  • 3 0
 Take me back to 2015. What a time to be a fan of downhill racing.
  • 9 2
 @samfr1000: it’s infinitely better now than 2015
  • 4 0
 @thenotoriousmic: it’s been a long time since I dealt with limits or infinity but it’s like: you take the level of WCDH racing in 2015, and you multiply it by infinity, that’s how much better it is now.
Hope that helps.
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: No derivation needed for that one
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: haha ok but let’s agreed to disagree on that one. 2015 was as good as today.
  • 4 0
 @thenotoriousmic: gonna put the kibosh on your offer to agree. Disagree strongly. 2015 still had dudes riding in shorts. That's enough right there.
The access we have now, the behind the scenes content the interviews the practice runs filmed on GoProHeroVantablack9000. The parity. The French dudes. The women. It's ten infinities better now. Come on. Bro.
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: Real riders ride in shorts and you just killed your argument by mentioning the return of skin suits. 2015 automatically wins due to the riders not racing in power ranger pyjamas and also 2015 was peak Gwin who’s easily worth five fast Frenchmen.
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: okay, maybe 2014 then.
That was a great season.
2015 was good too for Josh, even after coming back off that massive broken foot.
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: sartorially speaking, shorts are never superior to long pants. Except for a very brief period in the 90s, where groups like Bell Biv DeVoe would have matching sets. But not for racing. Oh you said "riding."
Talmbout racing here. Real racers wear pants. Showing up to WORK. Meaning BUSINESS.
RACING. PANTS.
  • 2 0
 @samfr1000: you don't have to pretend to believe this. We're strangers on the internet. Just accept it and move on: it's way Way WAY better now.
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: if you enjoy it currently, that's great. I've enjoyed every season since 2015, just not as much.

For me it peaked from 2007 through to 2015.

Height of Steve, Josh and Greg on the SC Syndicate and the Steel City Media edits. Stevie Smith was still alive and absolutely shredding. Hart's 2011 world champs run. The Athertons doing the double on "home" soil in 2013. Good times.
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: nah they snag on your kneepads and are more restrictive than shorts which means they’re not as good which means if you choose not to wear them which automatically makes you a poser therefore 2015 wins. I think?
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: your math(s?) are off I think.

The day I peeled off my riding pants to reveal mud-free legs was a revelation. I’ll only wear shorts above 70 degrees now.

My stylist gets me clothes that fit—no snags, all of my fashion accessories play well together!

Athertons and Gwin? Oof.
  • 32 2
 most rumors here seem to be just ctrl + C, ctrl + v from the 2022 team rumors thread on vital
  • 27 4
 it has become an annual tradition. Vital thread gets some good rumours going and PB publishes its CTRL 'C' CTRL 'V' a few weeks later. No doubt someone will be along from PB in a minute and indignately claim investigative journalism
  • 42 15
 I don't think Specialized would hire Shaw, they already have Finn to not win races
  • 32 1
 Ouch my poutine
  • 4 0
 Zing!
Maybe Loic won't let them hire anyone who might win a race though?
  • 2 0
 Hahahahahah
  • 1 0
 Shaw won Jolanda. Point for Luca
  • 22 0
 All that matters is where does Sławek Łukasik go for next season after the mind boggling 2021 campaign.
  • 4 0
 He deserves a big contract in '22 for sure
  • 1 0
 I came here for this. Give the man a contract!
  • 19 0
 sounds like Frida Rønning is joining Union.
I'd be a little bummed to see Luca leave the Syndicate! He and Greg have such similar riding styles—always felt like that must help make it a good fit
  • 19 1
 Counterpoint: Greg + Laurie on Syndicate would put 2 of the most dissimilar top riders on the same team, which would be entertaining.

It always blows my mind that totally different body types, bikes, tires etc. (e.g. Greg vs. Laurie) end up within a second of each other over a full DH course.
  • 6 3
 @Drew-O: I always think Greenland looks out of control but he still somehow seems to hang on and achieve good results. I think a move to the Syndicate team with Greg and Steve to mentor would be a great move and could take his riding to another level.
  • 1 0
 @Prof: Provided Laurie jives with the bike. See: Brook/Sam Dale/Gee with GT.
  • 1 0
 @Prof: your right, he does hang on,‍♂️How he misses the trees with his arse end all over the place,,
  • 1 9
flag thenotoriousmic (Oct 1, 2021 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 No point having the same style if your not quiet good enough to win races also has no personality and hardly considered a fan favourite. Strange signing for syndicate, he’s had his chance probably best someone else had a go. I’d like to see peaty and ratboy 2.0.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Was standing in the right place at the Snowshoe race twice and can confirm Luca leaving Syndicate is 100% Luca’s choice and was a surprise to the team manager.
  • 1 0
 @dirtmcleod: to be fair he’s been around for ages I thought he was 30, he’s only 24. He’s still got time yet.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: His slower year this year was the plan, to heal up, precisely because he has plenty of time. He’s got the talent, despite being on a good team, it wasn’t the right fit for him, similar to Loris. I’m pumped to see how he goes next season on a new team. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 @dirtmcleod: I agree completely I take back everything I said previously. He’s won’t hit his prime until 27ish. Which is about how old I though he was when he signed to syndicate for some reason.
  • 17 0
 I don't really care who rides what, but the most exciting thing for me is seeing developing riders getting attention, especially when they're from New Zealand or Canada. Happy for Tuhoto Ariki to be mentioned alongside some of these other big names.
  • 21 1
 I thought Reece would slot into the Syndicate quite nicely.
  • 3 0
 He really, really would.
Is the Trek the faster bike at the moment though?
  • 14 1
 I’d like to see someone else in the syndicate, Luca seems a nice guy but hasn’t had the results of a usual syndicate rider, Greenland would be a brilliant choice and would fit in great there.
  • 16 1
 He did come fifth at the last race with a broken wrist
  • 3 0
 Remember he qualified first at several races and was leading before going down a few times in 2019. Plenty of solid results and hopefully he can get is training back on track in '22
  • 2 1
 Luca really needs to find more confidence, a new team might help him with that. Laurie is awesome and would be a perfect match for Syndicate.
  • 10 1
 Coulange and Greenland to Syndicate would be dope. Bringing in Jackson Goldstone would make sense as well. But he's got one more year at least in juniors. But riding even one season on the same team as Minnaar would be a tremendous help to his career.
  • 12 2
 Would be nice to see some of the bigger brand's bring on some female athletes. It is 2021.....
  • 1 0
 Yes, this!!!!
  • 5 0
 About time Specialized Gravity, Trek Factory and Syndicate (to name few) add a female athlete. Scout young talent and start giving them support early, waiting for them to become a big hit and sign them then is not helping to push the sport forward. Dorval AM has two top 5 women, I wish that was normal across the board.
  • 2 0
 @not-really: Totally agree. They have big budgets. The Atherton clan support young female athletes so I'm pretty sure the big S etc can add a female rider.
  • 2 0
 @chriss78: They need to add more women riders to qualifications and live stream to give the incentive to teams to add women. Most of the women who qualify are supported, but it drops off quickly after that, which isn't good for the future.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, and how can you be considered for the team competition if you do not have riders in each category? Shouldn't be in the running for the UCI trade team compnif you don't have at least one rider in each of the elite fields and a junior, and ideally a junior in each field too really
  • 1 0
 @ODY89: absolutely agree! I can understand that smaller teams with more difficulty to secure sponsor funds can't do this, but all the factory teams with a certain budget should have women and juniors regardless of what ROI they get from their results. People are buying their products and we want to see their profit put to good use supporting the riders who have it harder to enter the high level of competition. And it will be such a shame that they need a rule to enforce that and that they won't do it out of respect towards the sport that has build their business. Equal support to level the playing field!
  • 2 0
 @ODY89: the points for juniors are only half of elite in the team comp. If they change that, then maybe there is incentive to include juniors on teams.
  • 9 2
 Hello, James! I'm just here to give my yearly shout out to the Vital MTB community that keeps rumours alive all season long. You are welcome! Big Grin
  • 10 2
 Jackson Goldstone to Santa Cr...
  • 4 0
 mmm Trek seems to be working for him right now.. "If it aint broke, don't fix it"
  • 8 0
 Me staying on my 2019 bike - true
  • 7 0
 Aren’t the seat tubes too long on an SC for Laurie?
  • 3 0
 Yes, but that can be easily fixed, just look the WorldWide Cyclery video when they cutted a seattube... Big Grin
  • 5 0
 If both Laurie and Greg can win on a V10 then that spans the spectrum of sizes and riding style. Can't define a race frames success by much more than that.
  • 4 0
 Pedro Burns was selling his race bike... maybe just getting a new bike or maybe he will change teams... He has been on trek for the past 3 years or so... I wonder for how long his contract was!
  • 1 0
 Definitely interesting to see what happens with Pedro. I haven't seen much from him this season so assume he's not close to the sharp end of things right now, but no doubt he could be a threat if things are right.
  • 7 0
 should i know what swingball is?
  • 2 0
 uh oh
  • 3 0
 It's sounds like something you wouldn't want to share on the internet.
  • 10 0
 You'll find out when you get older.
  • 5 0
 It's not nearly as interesting as you might have hoped.
  • 2 0
 Can you imagine how good Laurie Greenland would be with this? Backyard parties would never be the same.
www.amazon.com.au/Mookie-All-Surface-Swingball/dp/B076YRGG6D
  • 1 0
 @commental: looked it up a while ago. actually looks fun. maybe it is the equivalent of pickleball here?
  • 1 0
 @savagelake: No, but pickleball would be a much cooler name.
I always assumed Swingball was a US import. But obviously not.
Another great sport us Brits can lay claim to then Wink
  • 3 0
 Can the fine people at Team Rumours please bring back their awesome drawings making us have to guess what the hell is happening. Those were the best.
  • 1 0
 I think Sven got in trouble for that....
  • 2 0
 I could make my name bigger
C R A N K H E D
Moon
See

However ill probably just stay wherever i put myself
Before all the rumors started
I Wonder if all the bikes on PB still
Look like Sessions
  • 4 0
 Syndicate would be great for young kiwi flyer but Tuhoto would fit in Pivot crew nicely
  • 2 0
 Tuhoto Ariki To MS Mondraker. You heard it here first.
  • 2 1
 I'd like to see a Kiwi go to a big race team for once, one that can give him all the support and opportunity's he needs.
  • 2 0
 Sorry for fatfingereddownvote
@TobiasHandcock:
  • 1 0
 I was thinking about moving on from Trek but that I no offers came up so I was like “oh well”. Thought about getting a brand new second hand bike but then thought “nah, my remedy has a few years left”. Anyway basically I’ve decided to stay put cos, you know, whatever.
  • 2 0
 Florian is battling with his shoulder injury he sustained at the beginning of the year. At the worst moment. He will come back stronger next year, more confidence and no physical injury will be a good mix.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for letting me know. I had wondered what happened to him this year.
  • 4 0
 hehe, 'rumors' in the headline, 'rumours' everywhere else
  • 3 2
 Copy editing / consistency not really their thing at PB, is it? I keep waiting for them to discover the em dash ("–"), to use for example in all those bolded section headers.
  • 1 0
 I'd be happy if just one of those rumors were true. Too bad the contracts are worth about what a bus driver makes per year taking my sons to school. Which is soooooooooo wrong......... I think?
  • 1 2
 Getting paid to play with bikes for a while when you are young is not so bad. Unfortunately cycling and especially MTB is not a mainstream sport so it will never have big contracts.
  • 1 0
 @salespunk: I'm afraid it takes a great deal more than just "playing with bikes" to compete at the elite level as a professional athlete
  • 3 3
 @f00bar: Easy there killer. I am friends with several WC racers and know what it takes to be successful at the top level of sport. Also remember that any pro athlete is getting paid to play a sports that people happily do for free.

Not many people quote insurance or do data entry for fun.
  • 3 0
 Being an adopted Bristolian, and Santa Cruz owner, I’d love to see Laurie on the Syndicate.
  • 1 0
 Also with a little bit of icing on the top, as his local bike shop, sells Santa Cruz, it's where his mechanic was working, plus his trainer/coach is part owner of the shop, it be a be very nice tie in all round!
  • 1 0
 @finelytunedride: I'm pretty certain Sterlands doesn't sell Santa Cruz dude. Didn't know Olly was part owner either
  • 1 0
 @finelytunedride: Mark and Rich Sterland own his local bike shop and one of them is his mechanic, can't remember which one. They're not Santa Cruz dealers.

Olly Morris is his trainer, he owns Pro Ride MTB coaching!
  • 3 0
 The internet says Specialized is adding a female rider. The internet never lies.
  • 4 0
 Pivot need a new female racer.
  • 3 0
 Murray:
Mind you, they did make some of their best music back then.

Bret:
Rumours.

Murray:
No, that's all true.
  • 4 3
 "I'm 100 per cent sure that we will never steal a rider from another team"

Joke, surely? I'm pretty sure there was an incident that was fairly well known a few years ago....
  • 4 0
 With Gwin, wasn't that a different team though, Specialized Factory? Pure Agency was using Lapierre at the time I thought.
  • 7 0
 Different team. Specialized the company ran the team then, now it's run by the guys that ran the old Lappierre team.
  • 1 1
 With the human value the Syndicate shows up it would make a lot of sense to bring up a new value from the roots and bring him to the top that just throw the dollars to am already existent star...
  • 2 0
 Roskopp said in an interview with maybe Wyn or someone else about bringing grassroots talent up to the team for the future - was wondering if he already had a feel Luca was off and perhaps looking to get people in for Greg's last season(s)?
  • 4 1
 put Davide Palazzari in a factory team! he deserve it!!
  • 1 1
 Jackson isn't a Specialized discipline mountain biker, kid can do it all, from Treks down a slopestyle course to Cruzing down world cup race tracks. Will be interesting to see what happens next year. exciting
  • 3 1
 Ratboy are going to replace shaw in the syndicate! weed are now legalized by uci
  • 2 0
 The only news I want to read is that finally a serious team takes Johannes von Klebelsberg under its wing !!
  • 1 0
 James' comment "he's somebody I really like and appreciate (same for his brother and his father...)" is NOT A RUMOR, the 3 Shaws are quality, genuine, people!
  • 3 1
 Jackson Goldstone to Santa Cruz... TRUE
  • 1 0
 I hope thats. With the season he's just had Santa Cruz are probably one of the only teams rich enough to sign him!
  • 1 1
 @peterknightuk: Santa Cruz is actually pretty small, their revenues are dwarfed by the more mainstream brands like Specialized, Trek, Canyon etc. There's a lot more money in those teams.
  • 2 0
 No chance he fits trek look at him and kade free racer gods already
  • 2 0
 I'm still open to considering offers to join a UCI mtb team...
  • 3 1
 Farrrrrk imagine Greenland riding Minnaar lines... WC overall for sure.
  • 5 0
 Does Greenland even plan his lines? Looks like he's just pinned and going off feel - I love his riding! You're probably right though..
  • 2 0
 Luca back to where it all began, sounds good to me.
  • 2 0
 Luca Shaw to Intense, haha stamp it!
  • 2 0
 That's a fair assumption. Nothing against Neko - but he's not a WC podium contender.
  • 3 0
 Maes to Trek?!!?!
  • 1 0
 This is a great shout. I do wonder if Trek are moving their eggs over to the DH basket though - now they have Loris & Reece to win races. And Vali on that other team.
  • 1 0
 Following the Atherton path....I have to admit, I'd be a bit sad
  • 1 0
 Balfa has signed everyone and brought back their frame. We can all sleep easy tonight
  • 2 0
 Yankova & Minnaar for Syndicate.
  • 1 0
 That would be interesting to see. We should figure out how to convince Kathy Sessler that this is a good idea.
  • 3 0
 Giant, are you alive?
  • 2 0
 Great question. It’s odd to see their silence over the last few years, both racing wise and new bikes. Something has to be going on with them.
  • 1 0
 Intense releasing a fresh sticker kit for their prototype. Chris Kovaric back racing for them full WC season.
  • 1 0
 If Greenland goes to Santa Cruz I will be Buzzing! Need another GB lad on that team!
  • 1 0
 I think Luca would be a better fit with GT. Help develop a new bike and then dominate.
  • 1 0
 Izabela Yankova is going to Specialized,it was confirmed by her in a interview with the Bulgarian Cycling Federation
  • 1 0
 Rumors already, going to be an interesting off season!
  • 1 0
 My auto warranty has expired....confirmed
  • 3 0
 Aww, why didn’t you pick up the phone when they called?
  • 3 0
 ^This. You only had 87 chances in the last 3 months to pick up your phone.
  • 1 2
 Specialized has often been a poor fit for new riders. Luca seems like too nice of a guy for that team. SC seems more suited to his personality.
  • 1 0
 If Maes to Orbea no DHWC anymore...?
  • 1 0
 myself to be sponsored by specialized - not likely
  • 2 1
 Fin to the Syndicate.
  • 1 2
 With Luca Shaw Specialized will have another mediocre competitior next to Bruni.

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