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03 Oct 2013 08:06

movingtarget wrote:Sounds like money is an issue for him. Maybe he is asking for too much or maybe managers know something we don't.


according to his manager Vacansoleil (the company) has to respect the contracts for 2014 and continue to pay the salary

so if that's true, not riding at all would propably be the financially most fruitful decision
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03 Oct 2013 09:06

search wrote:according to his manager Vacansoleil (the company) has to respect the contracts for 2014 and continue to pay the salary

so if that's true, not riding at all would propably be the financially most fruitful decision


There's a newspaper article today that says he received a demission letter from Vacansoleil or Luyckx

source

The situation is complicated since he has a contract with Luyckx and not with Vacansoleil as such... Luyckx wants to meet him in November to put things at order.
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04 Oct 2013 15:16

Either SKY bring us into future or bring us back ten years. Only time will tell.
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04 Oct 2013 16:06

Yup. Lefevere still can't pick 'em.
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04 Oct 2013 17:17

Good news for De Gendt. He should have a much better season and will be the leader in the GTS Uran doesn't race.
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04 Oct 2013 17:30

Doubtful, Kwiatkowski already looks level above him.
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04 Oct 2013 17:43

Gloin22 wrote:Doubtful, Kwiatkowski already looks level above him.


IMO He's too young to be a leader yet. De Gendt is a better climber than Kwiaktowski too.
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04 Oct 2013 17:55

Gloin22 wrote:Doubtful, Kwiatkowski already looks level above him.


Lef would wan't to try and mold Kwia into a top cobbles star if possible. Thats priority one on the Steppers team. If the project fails, there are always stage races on the calendar.
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04 Oct 2013 18:21

the asian wrote:IMO He's too young to be a leader yet. De Gendt is a better climber than Kwiaktowski too.


How so? He already led their team in the mental toughest GT with bigget media frenzy i.e. Le Tour where he came 11th in his first attempt..
Better climber ? 4th at Tirreno, 11th at Tour ( as well as the Ardennes which do involve sharp climbs ).

And before you came to say anything about Giro podium, we are talking about right now, not 2 years ago who was better.

From the season De Gendt shown, I wouldn't put any trust on him..
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04 Oct 2013 18:23

De Gendt has shown far better climbing ability and far better tt ability than Kwiatkowski.;) Also far better gt ability
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04 Oct 2013 18:26

The Hitch wrote:De Gendt has shown far better climbing ability and far better tt ability than Kwiatkowski.;) Also far better gt ability


I am talking about now....

This year, no he didn't. and you never know if he'll come back to his old level. Where it's likely Kwiat will improve...
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04 Oct 2013 18:30

Gloin22 wrote:I am talking about now....

This year, no he didn't. and you never know if he'll come back to his old level. Where it's likely Kwiat will improve...


Didn't you see De Gendt getting third in the flat TT in the TDF this year, behind Martin and Froome, beating Kwiatkowski by half a minute?
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04 Oct 2013 18:32

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Didn't you see De Gendt getting third in the flat TT in the TDF this year, behind Martin and Froome, beating Kwiatkowski by half a minute?


Ummmmm and your point is ? :confused:

11. POL KWIATKOWSKI Michal OPQ 18'59"
96. BEL DE GENDT Thomas VCD 2h53'41
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04 Oct 2013 18:34

Gloin22 wrote:Ummmmm and your point is ? :confused:


I'm just trying to bring across that De Gendt has actually shown this year that he is a very talented cyclist.
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04 Oct 2013 18:35

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Notice that I said 'in the flat TT'

http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=24039

I'm just trying to bring across that De Gendt has actually shown this year that he is a very talented cyclist.


Yes, he is. I am not saying he isn't.

But his climbing has been nowhere this season, and saying he should lead GC's where Uran isn't present at this moment is a joke.
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04 Oct 2013 18:36

Gloin22 wrote:Yes, he is. I am not saying he isn't.

But his climbing has been nowhere this season, and saying he should lead GC's where Uran isn't present at this moment is a joke.


True, Kwiatkowski is probably a better horse to bet on for the sake of reliability. Nevertheless I reckon De Gendt deserves a free role to go stage hunting or see what is possible for the GC.
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05 Oct 2013 22:18

Eighty percent pay cut for De Gendt compared to previous contract

Will he make more money if he stayed with the old team but at a lower level?

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15576/Eighty-percent-pay-cut-for-De-Gendt-compared-to-previous-contract.aspx
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05 Oct 2013 23:19

maxmartin wrote:Eighty percent pay cut for De Gendt compared to previous contract

Will he make more money if he stayed with the old team but at a lower level?

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15576/Eighty-percent-pay-cut-for-De-Gendt-compared-to-previous-contract.aspx


If he'd stayed with his old team he'd have to take a 100% pay cut, there is no Vacansoleil next year. 80% is better than 100%. :(
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05 Oct 2013 23:29

ElChingon wrote:If he'd stayed with his old team he'd have to take a 100% pay cut, there is no Vacansoleil next year. 80% is better than 100%. :(


I thought they still have a team but at a lower level, and De Gendt had a contract with them until the end of the next year.

Now it makes sense he only signed one year, because he may get a much better deal later if he could perform this year.
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13 Nov 2013 23:28

haha I knew this would happen :D, but if de gendt want to enforce the contract, he probably should ride for his old manager at the second level.

Thomas de Gendt takes Vacansoleil-DCM to court

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/thomas-de-gendt-takes-vacansoleil-dcm-to-court
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