Last Monday (25), after watching the Anderlecht football match, Patrick Lefevere, head of the Soudal-QuickStep team, was asked by the local press about the possible merger between Jumbo-Visma and his team. However, the businessman was not assertive in his answers, leaving viewers with doubts.
“If you want to follow WielerFlits, do so,” said head of the Soudal-QuickStep team, who then explained that when the news broke about the possible joining of the two teams, he didn’t have his cell phone with him and was unable to follow the speculation. Remco Evenepoel and his father, Patrick, were also with the businessman and when asked about the matter, they expressed surprise.
For the former sporting director of Soudal-QuickStep, Brian Holm, the team’s manager wants the new merger, however, due to the negative measures and the possible concerns of cyclists who are members of the teams, he believes that it is not yet the perfect time for this to happen. realize yourself.
“I think Patrick Lefevere wants that to happen. Because he wants to retire and have less things to do, he has told me this on several occasions. I don’t know how this will end. His answer is as good as mine, but there is no doubt that there are some teams talking to each other at the moment,” former Soudal-QuickStep sporting director Brian Holm told Ekstra Bladet newspaper.
Apparently, the negotiation for the merger of the teams would have been discussed at the beginning of the summer of this year, in the middle of the Tour de France, when one of the Jumbo-Visma managers questioned Zdenek Bakala, owner of Soudal-QuickStep. The conversation went ahead with a large meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.