I think this was always the case.It seems that the non-cycling staff at SOQ have no protection, but under a merger perhaps had very little. But what of the SOQ riders? If what is now happening is their team folding under the financial pressure of a main sponsor leaving, then I guess the authority of UCI to insist that all rider contracts are paid off as the condition of a merger no longer applies.
Pretty sure most would sign Asgreen, he's only 28 and a Ronde, E3, Kuurne and TDF stage winner.Apart from Remco and the U23 riders there really is only Merlier, Van Wilder, Vansevenant and Cattaneo who other teams should try to sign.
Wonder who will go for Alaphilippe: Lavenu, Berneaudau or Arkea.
This is very confusing. What's the point of the merger if Jumbo is not taking any rider from Soudal-Quickstep? Is it just Soudal wanting to sponsor a different team, because they're unhappy with the current results?
This merger seems more to have been thought out in the management structure above Plugge or Soudal, i.e. the millionaires (Zdenek Bakala and Robert van der Wallen) who have more or less created these teams and who are now busy creating another one. Plugge and Lefevere are not really as much a factor in this as you would think, money talks and they don't have it. It's not for nothing that Lefevere says Bakala flew in from the US this weekend to arrange things, he's the one that matters.Merger was PR, I think, in this context. I get a hunch some insider told Raymond Kerckhoffs what to write last Sunday with his 'merger' leak on WielerFlits.
It reality it's Soudal ditching Quick-Step, dissolving the team & jumping in bed with Visma & Plugge's people who need a new title sponsor. It's a form of acquisition, with the 'acquiring' done by the general manager of Jumbo Visma who needed a sponsor from a rival team & that sponsor playing ball. Quick-Step's staff are the cliché here, i.e. victims of a rival firm's takeover & then summarily fired/paid off.
It's ugly stuff tbh & I'm curious to see how the media (& people involved) will spin this story.
Soudal aren't the instigator. They're just following along. If it turns out Lefevere's team will still be there tomorrow, it's all the same to them.I hope the company Quick Step do well, and continue to benefit for many years from accrued goodwill, on account of their 25 years sponsorship of the sport (with Mapei for 4 years, then the whole history of this team).
I hope that the coompany Soudal discover that not all publicity is good publicity, and that their asphyxiation of one of the major teams of the sport is not quickly forgotten or forgiven by those who might otherwise have been customers.
And a teams only revenue stream is sponsorship. In this case there was a big chunk coming from Bakala who was also an owner, and he wanted out. Lefevere being 69, he wants out, and this opportunity presented itself.That's just BS, as most licenses aren't owned by sponsors at all (some are owners, most aren't).
Ofcourse there are teams.
I don't see any reason why Evenepoel would have beef with Plugge. He's also the overall manager, he's not the DS, he doesn't make the tactical calls, he doesn't set the training schedules, etcetc.1) I feel bad for the the staff on Quickstep. Hopefully they land on their feet. Hopefully on a more stable, stronger team.
2) It's looking more likely Remco won't come with Soudal which is super interesting. Do we really believe the news stories that Remco dislikes Plugge? Of course, I was just thinking that Remco and Van Aert haven't always seen eye to eye.
3) Imagine a Tour de France where Remco shows up for Ineos, Roglic shows up for Bora, Jonas for Soudal-Visma-Amazon and Pogacar for UAE. Throw in a few ITTs and some medium mountain stages and we have ourselves a bike race.
But I really hope the Quickstep support staff find a home.
I believe it isn't.How is this even legal lol
If it were a merger, yes.I believe it isn't.
I might be missing something but most of the staff and riders from SQS have a contract for a couple of years. I'm pretty sure Soudal-Visma has to respect these contracts or buy them out, no?
Riders and staff are not obliged to join the merger but if they want to, I believe Soudal-Visma has to buy them out or honor the contract. That's what would happen in a normal merger I think.