Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Thread

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Wow!! The timing of this roll out..silly, the public talk about Cav cutting w the team..again..silly..and now the consolidation of 2 teams..I am happy that the sponsorship went years deep, good for the sport and some of my favorite racers, but the timing is bad form.
.if anyone has a good photo of the German Gorilla wearing a kit that looks like this..love to see the side by side..
also wondering where Ridley falls when all this is over..and I wonder if Bianchi will re enter and w what team..Would have loved to see a bike maker shake it up w a switch at Quick Step
Not a consolidation of 2 teams at all: just a sponsor getting a different team to carry its logos.

The team we currently know as Lotto Soudal are to continue, possibly relegated, probably still on Ridley bikes, and hoping to have something to put after Lotto in the team name.
 
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Omega Pharma company was also alternating between two Belgian teams as a secondary sponsor wasn't it?

Quick Step-Davitamon, then Davitamon-Lotto plus couple of other products from the company followed by Omega Pharma-Lotto and then Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
 
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Concerning Sinkewitz, who left them for T-Mobile:

Friday, August 16, 2024, will be last day of his ban. Anyone knows if there are plans for a comeback?… There have always been rumours that Sinkewitz wanted to finish his career at Quick-Step, being kind of a mentor for their younger Ardennes classics squad.

Fingers crossed (just my opinion) that Lefevere remembers his promise, and signs Sinkewitz from August 2024 on…
 
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Concerning Sinkewitz, who left them for T-Mobile:

Friday, August 16, 2024, will be last day of his ban. Anyone knows if there are plans for a comeback?… There have always been rumours that Sinkewitz wanted to finish his career at Quick-Step, being kind of a mentor for their younger Ardennes classics squad.

Fingers crossed (just my opinion) that Lefevere remembers his promise, and signs Sinkewitz from August 2024 on…
Have you been drinking this morning?
 
What promise? And why would they sign a 42-year-old guy?
Well, when Sinkewitz left Quick-Step at the end of 2005, Lefevere obviously promised him there would always be an open door for Sinkewitz at Quick-Step. Plans were that he could return to QS after his time at T-Mobile, and get some kind of mentor role at QS.

I remember that Sinkewitz had this Mapei-U23/Quick-Step DNA in him, and left Lefevere with a sad feeling. Being German, many expected from him to ride at German team T-Mobile, and T-Mobile certainly paid him more than QS was able to.

So there was some kind of agreement between Lefevere and Sinkewitz, „You leave us now, but are invited to join us again, one day.“…
 
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Well, when Sinkewitz left Quick-Step at the end of 2005, Lefevere obviously promised him there would always be an open door for Sinkewitz at Quick-Step. Plans were that he could return to QS after his time at T-Mobile, and get some kind of mentor role at QS.

I remember that Sinkewitz had this Mapei-U23/Quick-Step DNA in him, and left Lefevere with a sad feeling. Being German, many expected from him to ride at German team T-Mobile, and T-Mobile certainly paid him more than QS was able to.

So there was some kind of agreement between Lefevere and Sinkewitz, „You leave us now, but are invited to join us again, one day.“…
I'm pretty sure that door has been shut and locked for 15 years. Lefevere probably doesn't even remember his name.
 
I'm pretty sure that door has been shut and locked for 15 years. Lefevere probably doesn't even remember his name.
I fear so, too…

What gives me hope for a comeback, maybe at least at PCT or CT level, is that Patrick - to my knowledge - still seems to train the number of kms a year that he trained when he was with Meridiana, few years ago - at this time, he still beat lots of WT riders in the hard Italian autumn classics.

But I agree, a WT comeback doesn‘t seem to realistic…
 
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What a twist for Lefevere on not signing an aging Cavendish to go with his Deutschland Tour winner and Cav’s former teammate to give him the finger out of the door. Honestly if it happens that’s probably not the craziest thing he’s done.
 
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