It has been asked before but on what base can the contracts be annulled?As soon as the merger is completed and finalized, Plugge's team will take the upper hand and all contracts of the Lefevere team will be annulled.
Sponsor with the money leaving for another team.
Is the sponsor allowed to leave? I think Soudal has a long sponsoring contract with the company.Sponsor with the money leaving for another team.
Left is a team with no finance to pay the riders/staff, they can no longer operate. They go under.
What I find fascinating is one of the central, prevailing assumptions that appears to be driving, or a least turbocharging, this whole affair, specifically the unproven notion that Remco is obvious TdF champion material and only needs the right team and organizational support to realize this.
While Plugge clearly has a budget shortfall arriving in 2025 (!), the rush to close the deal immediately clearly revolves in large part around Remco's demands and Don Patrick's desire to cash out at the top (ie to parcel out "his" superstar). Rogla's departure always made sense, even before this clusterf%$&.
But what if Wonder Boy cannot deliver? Neutral observers could be forgiven for sincere doubts after this Vuelta.
UCI rules, when someone else takes over you have the right to stop your contract without any consequences since this wasn’t what you signed up for
View: https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/1706988149073731674?t=YPDK7MS5o_hnFUdMquj6Rg&s=19It's from the riders side. They can annul their contracts.
From the team side the contracts with the riders have to be respecte. If a guy doesn't want to sign with another team his contract has to be paid out by the new entity.
I guess they are firing a lot of the staff and the riders they do not want to keep and giving those people payouts.
And I doubt a lot of the staff (non-riders) had already signed contracts for next season (the greek trainer who was quite well liked in the team clearly had not so why would it be different for other staff) so mostly the letter will be one that their contracts won't be renewed.
All of the "Remco to Ineos" stories are just rewording the L'Equipe article, which seems to be based on the French animosity toward Plugge (winning the Tour if you're not a Frenchman is a crime) rather than anything Evenepoel has said.Remco has no obligation to race for xxxx-Visma. He is free to sign with any team, and it looks like he may have done so. This is from a new article posted on Cycling Up To Date, based on an article in l"Equipe:
"As soon as the merger is completed and finalized, Plugge's team will take the upper hand and all contracts of the Lefevere team will be annulled. There is already a contract for Evenepoel with INEOS. The deal between him and the British team will be completed within five minutes."
Probably ways you can get out of these sort of things. It is "just" a contract. It can be terminated or no longer stands for various reasons.Is the sponsor allowed to leave? I think Soudal has a long sponsoring contract with the company.
That is why you have to buy the whole company or pay a lot of money to some people I think.
It may just be that they are still negotiating. I said that earlier in the thread. When everyone is happy and it is clear what happesn, they will move on.Far too much stock has been put in that quote relayed by L'Equipe IMO.
For what it's worth I'll take a wild guess here & 'assume' Evenepoel is going to the new Visma, not Ineos. He's the Rog replacement, with a slightly different profile.
It makes a lot of sense.
Just two weeks ago everyone was saying that Roglic should leave and it wasn't fair, Jumbo were too dominant. What has changed for you? Because other than Roglic they'll be left with the same team, probably with a few of the stronger Quickstep riders as well (and maybe Evenepoel).As it looks like now, this merger could be disaster for Visma and Quickstep. Huge number of riders can and will change teams. Remco will go to Ineos, Roglič to Bora. Basically, Visma will loose serial stage and GT winner in Roglič, Visma will never have world champion, monuments, GT winner Remco and they are one Vinge injury away from winning nothing.
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.
You are talking here about Soudal the company in their role as sponsor, right?I'm on the fence at the moment & my conclusion will depend on where Evenepoel goes.
If Soudal aren't taking Evenepoel to Visma with them, then it's effectively Soudal shuttering the Evenepoel project, at least at their end. It'll mean they have zero faith in Evenepoel winning the TdF & jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the current 2x TdF champions.
If Soudal does take Evenepoel over to Plugge's team, it'll mean they want him to have a better environment to develop in.
Question is.. where can he find a spot?Svrček is a good prospect, QS is badly using him to do a non-stop domestique job at 20. He could benefit from a change of team.
The possibility I mooted was that with the departure of Soudal's money (and there is still a 'how?' to that if there was indeed a multi-year contract) is that QS would need to close, unless another sponsor could be found at very short notice, and that Lefevre decided that it is just not worth the hassle at his age.There would be no need for SQ to close, if it was just a question of Soudal ending its sponsorship, so of course it is a merger (if it comes off) and I am pretty sure Evenepoel will be part of it, because otherwise there would be no need for JV to initiate the merger in the first place.
Also as far as I know there is no where in the EU you can just close down a business, which has assests, and then just refuse to pay out the existing contracts.
You can fire people of course, but you need to abide by contracts made.
Question is.. where can he find a spot?
Not at a WT-team, I reckon.
He would probably be lucky to get a contract with Corratec or something at this stage of the year or at a devo team.