Transfer round up: More than half the WorldTour chasing Danish sensation Albert Philipsen

Multi-disciplined sensation Albert Philipsen is being chased by multiple teams, plus the latest transfers and contract extensions

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Who will Albert Philipsen ride for next?

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Who will Albert Philipsen ride for next?

According to his agent, more than half of the men’s WorldTour teams are chasing the signature of Danish sensation Albert Philipsen.

The multi-disciplined 17-year-old recently won the junior men’s race at the UCI World Championships and last week claimed victory in the junior men’s time trial at the European Championships.  

“There are more teams than less who are interested in Albert for the WorldTour,” his agent Alex Carera told GCN. “There are more than 12 teams but we’ve not decided yet on his future. It’s really too early and we need to see many things before a decision is made,” Carera added.

According to Carera, the right project won’t be entirely based around the financial rewards on offer, but with UAE Team Emirates, Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma among those teams interested, it’s likely that Philipsen will have his pick of the best teams in the world.

“It’s not a question about money, it’s about the project because he’s a multi-disciplinary rider and there are some interesting teams who have given us details on their project but more time is needed. It’s about his future, so it’s really important what comes next after 2024.”

Read more: Pro cycling transfers - every move for the 2024 season

Elsewhere on the market, Sean Quinn has signed a three-year contract extension with EF Education EasyPost. The 23-year-old American recently made his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a España. The team recently announced that Alberto Bettiol had extended his deal with the team. Odd Christian Eiking and Merhawi Kudus will leave the team at the end of the current campaign with their deals set to expire in December.

Stefano Oldani will move from Alpecin-Deceuninck to Cofidis in 2024 on a two-year deal. The Italian won a stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2022, and had three teams chasing him for next season. Paul Magnier, a hugely talented French U23 rider, who finished third in the U23 European Championships road race, is heading to Soudal Quick-Step for 2025. Magnier spent this season at Trinity Racing.

Emīls Liepiņš is moving from Lidl-Trek to dsm-firmenich in 2024, and Matthew Walls is set for Groupama-FDJ having spent the last three years at Bora-hansgrohe. Both signings are expected to be announced publicly in the coming days.

GCN also understands that several Ineos Grenadiers riders have finally been sent contract extensions for next year. The team currently has around 15 riders under contract for 2024.

Read more: Geraint Thomas - Ineos Grenadiers has been in transition for a couple of years

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