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Jumbo - QuickStep merger

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Go look at the Jumbo-Visma Women jersey. Smh

Okay, my mistake...

Doesn't change the fact that they're still *** with multiple people!

look, if Plugge is looking for backers there'll be a good reason. if your main sponsor, even after a incredible season like 2023 will step away after 2024 or if possible earlier, then your team has a problem. and Plugge was loking for a multi year project, not just an emergency backing for 2024 then wait for some miracle

So, they decided to *** with everyone on Quickstep as well.

There's no way to go around the fact that this is ***-story of the year.


Anyway; let's hope all the people caught up in this team-folding will be able to find somewhere to work for next year.
 
No, effing with SQS would have been trying to lure their sponsors away from them behind their back.

You don't think all the riders who thought they had a contract for next year, will feel slightly *** with?

it's Soudal that probably knew Plugge was looking for a backer and went "all right, hold my beer".

Then let's hope Quickstep will survive, and be able to find a replacement sponsor!

And then maybe, just maybe, Soudal could stick with the same team for a while...
 
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You don't think all the riders who thought they had a contract for next year, will feel slightly *** with?

Nothing is ever guaranteed in cycling, and the JV riders were already aware that the team's future was uncertain. Also, we have no idea about how they're going to treat the riders and staff members, who might be left without a job if the merger goes through. You're jumping to conclusions way too early.
 
Nothing is ever guaranteed in cycling, and the JV riders were already aware that the team's future was uncertain. Also, we have no idea about how they're going to treat the riders and staff members, who might be left without a job if the merger goes through. You're jumping to conclusions way too early.

And the Quickstep riders thought everything was in order...

This is not a good idea! This can never be a good idea! A team folding is never good!
 
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The only useful solution would probably be something like this:

Soudal switches to Visma, creating a Soudal-Visma team.
Quickstep survives as an independent team.

But that it's probably the least likely scenario. Either the merger happens and only one team will be left, or the merger doesn't happen, and then Plugge & Vo will have to find a different solution to their problem.
 
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But that it's probably the least likely scenario. Either the merger happens and only one team will be left, or the merger doesn't happen, and then Plugge & Vo will have to find a different solution to their problem.

Well, I guess the merger not happening will be the best solution, but that ship unfortunately seem to have sunk...

So, it's the worst outcome... A team is folding!
 
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But right now a team is in danger of folding anyway, while this could secure that one of the two teams survives for at least a bit longer.

How would Quickstep have been in danger if this *** hadn't hit the massive fan?
Was the-team-currently-known-as-Jumbo really in danger of folding after this year?

This isn't a case of two teams both being in immediate danger of folding, and at least a merger can salvage something. This is, plain and simple, a team folding!
 
How would Quickstep have been in danger if this *** hadn't hit the massive fan?
Was the-team-currently-known-as-Jumbo really in danger of folding after this year?

This isn't a case of two teams both being in immediate danger of folding, and at least a merger can salvage something. This is, plain and simple, a team folding!

Lefevere and Bakala want to leave the sport before too long, so something was bound to happen at QS as well.
 
Lefevere and Bakala want to leave the sport before too long, so something was bound to happen at QS as well.

Surely Quickstep-the-team could continue with a new General Manager... teams do, after all, sometimes get new General Managers. Not sure who this "Bakala" is... not someone with SQS!

Look, there's no need to try and sugar-coat the fact, and claim it's even remotedly a good idea.

UCI needs to set up some sort of foundation, to at least do something to avoid these sudden late-season foldings!
 
Surely Quickstep-the-team could continue with a new General Manager... teams do, after all, sometimes get new General Managers. Not sure who this "Bakala" is... not someone with SQS!

Look, there's no need to try and sugar-coat the fact, and claim it's even remotedly a good idea.

UCI needs to set up some sort of foundation, to at least do something to avoid these sudden late-season foldings!
Bakala is a Czech business tycoon who owns 80% of Soudal-Quickstep.
 
Well, I guess the merger not happening will be the best solution, but that ship unfortunately seem to have sunk...

So, it's the worst outcome... A team is folding!
SQS were so bad this year outside of Remco that it seemed to me that lefevre wanted out,and his bad vibes were bringing the riders down with him. There are a couple of teams that can step up, I think, like Tudor or Q36.5, with the resources and desire to stay in the WT.

Still, it would be much better if Astana were folding rather than QS.