Surprisingly, Dylan Teuns is already moving to Israel-Premier Tech: "There has only been a direct switch since the end of the Tour"

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Dylan Teuns (30) will transfer from Bahrain Victorious to Israel-Premier Tech with immediate effect, where he will be reunited with his former mentor Rik Verbrugghe. The winner of the Walloon Arrow signs a contract until the end of 2024.

Guy Van Den Langenbergh

First this: interim transfers are uncommon in cycling, but they are allowed. The UCI transfer regulations allow them between August 1 and 15 and both teams must expressly agree to the transfer. Due to the arrival of Teuns, Israel-Premier Tech did exceed the maximum number of riders allowed (32), a problem that was solved by dissolving the contract of 27-year-old Israeli Guy Sagiv.

It had been clear for some time that the roads between Teuns and Bahrain would part Victorious. Just as it was clear that Israel-Premier Tech had a great chance of recruiting Teuns. But that the transfer would already be completed was a surprise. “Surprisingly, that’s okay, isn’t it”, Teuns grinned. “My contract for 2023 and 2024 was already settled before the Tour, but the direct switch has only been made since the end of the Tour in Paris. Then everything accelerated. What made the difference? The presence of a number of people from my period at BMC was certainly an argument, I will continue to work with Michele (Bartoli, ed.) as a coach. And I shouldn’t be too faint about the financials: I rode a strong spring and wanted to capitalize on that. Well, I’m happy with my new contract.”

A meager race schedule for the remainder of the season was also reason to make the switch now. “I would first ride the Tour of Poland, but that didn’t happen due to a corona infection,” said the Limburger. “Otherwise, there were only a handful of one-day races on my schedule. Where I will ride my first race for Israel-Premier Tech has not yet been determined. That can be the Vuelta, but also a combination of one-day races and the Tour of England.”

Stay in World Tour

Teuns has always indicated that he would also like to play for a team from the World Tour in 2023. Israel-Premier Tech is currently in 20th place, putting the World Tour license in acute danger. “That is also alive in the team”, confirms Teuns. “Whether or not I have my fate in my own hands is a bit of an exaggeration. I’m not going to be able to close that gap on my own. Yes, it’s a struggle, we can’t do more than our best. The team is moving in a positive direction and I am convinced that we can continue to grow.”

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