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A very, very quiet transfer season for them. Seems everything is sorted out and set in motion for the next years already, no need for much action right now.
It seems like the way it usually goes is; Rider wins a ton of races. Said rider gets attention from rival teams. Lefevere can't afford to keep him. Rider changes team. Rider wins ***-all on his new team.
 
Looks like Deceuninck is building an extremely strong GC team for the future with Remco, Alameida, and Vansevenant.
I think at this point Almeida is almost certain to leave them. Teams have shown specific interest and it's been leaked throughout certain media. DQS tried discussing salary raises, but that was blocked by his management. And since Saturday we know that his management put an ultimatum of the end of February for a proposal to stay.
Looks to me that there are specific offers on the table and a deal is done/almost done to sign elsewhere.
I hope i'm wrong though..
 
I think at this point Almeida is almost certain to leave them. Teams have shown specific interest and it's been leaked throughout certain media. DQS tried discussing salary raises, but that was blocked by his management. And since Saturday we know that his management put an ultimatum of the end of February for a proposal to stay.
Looks to me that there are specific offers on the table and a deal is done/almost done to sign elsewhere.
I hope i'm wrong though..
Interesting but in what media did you see that? Also why would his managment block salary discussions and then make an ultimatum to have an offer? It doesn't really add up.

I actually think will leave the team, even if i don't think it is the best option, but these rumours are all very strange.

How does Lefevere ususally handle these type of situations? The team seems to be firmly behind Almeida and he was named leader for the Giro because Remco won't be back to top shape in time. Lefevere doesn't seem like the type of guy to continue investing a guy that has one foot out of the door,.

Almeida is likely going to UAE.
To be honest, it doesn't seem like a great decision. At DQS he has Remco and JA ahead of him, at UAE he will have Pog and Hirschi so it will be pretty much the same.
 
Interesting but in what media did you see that? Also why would his managment block salary discussions and then make an ultimatum to have an offer? It doesn't really add up.

I actually think will leave the team, even if i don't think it is the best option, but these rumours are all very strange.

How does Lefevere ususally handle these type of situations? The team seems to be firmly behind Almeida and he was named leader for the Giro because Remco won't be back to top shape in time. Lefevere doesn't seem like the type of guy to continue investing a guy that has one foot out of the door,.



To be honest, it doesn't seem like a great decision. At DQS he has Remco and JA ahead of him, at UAE he will have Pog and Hirschi so it will be pretty much the same.
Yes, but $$$$$$$$$$$$
 
Interesting but in what media did you see that? Also why would his managment block salary discussions and then make an ultimatum to have an offer? It doesn't really add up.

I actually think will leave the team, even if i don't think it is the best option, but these rumours are all very strange.

How does Lefevere ususally handle these type of situations? The team seems to be firmly behind Almeida and he was named leader for the Giro because Remco won't be back to top shape in time. Lefevere doesn't seem like the type of guy to continue investing a guy that has one foot out of the door,.



To be honest, it doesn't seem like a great decision. At DQS he has Remco and JA ahead of him, at UAE he will have Pog and Hirschi so it will be pretty much the same.
This was brought up by PL himself in his HNB collumns. He's a big Almeida believer but at the same guy someone who doesn't appreciate agents playing (mind) games. There are also ongoing discussions with Deceuninck to see if they'll stay as sponsor and if they can increase the budget of their sponsoring (deadline end of March). That will also play a role.

The salary discussion was to raise it during his current contract and eventually creating options for a renewal. But at the same time there's nog guarantee the sponsors will continue...Julian, Remco, Lampaert and Vansevenant have a renewal clause like that for example.

But yeah, to me at seems there's already a pre-agreement with another team. He has ties with Matxin and the Portuguese riders at UAE (the twins and Rui Costa).
 
Is there any chance Mendes has anything to do with it?
Almeida, the Oliveira twins and Ruben Guerreiro are managed by João Correia, but the later has a deal with Mendes, who is promoting the commercial image of Almeida and Guerreiro. So he is involved, but not directly when it comes to negotiating cycling contracts for them, it's mainly getting sponsorship deals for those athletes and about promoting them as a brand.
 

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