I think that's about to change, though. According to Lefevere there is a meeting with RCS in Milan on October 7 or 8 - the team managers will be invited, if I understand correctly (standard fare, I guess?) but also that they have an announcement to make. He thinks he already knows what they have to say.I think they obviously pay some appearance fees, but I wouldn't think it's multi million deals.
Remember in 2018, Brailsford claimed he didn't even know who Evenepoel was, after trying to sign him.
Ineos Grenadiers explores Remco Evenepoel transfer with Jim Ratcliffe wanting immediate Tour de France successDave Brailsford sends a text to Patrick Lefevere: ‘Do you want to sell him?’www.velonews.com
That, plus Ratcliffe's apparent desperation with finding a guy who can win him a Tour de France immediately. That could check out, given INEOS' GC situation, where literally everyone with aspirations is a question mark, being either old, unproven or having severe health issues. If that's true, anything is possible. Ratcliffe has stupid money. Lefevere holds all the cards, however, since Remco is under contract until 2027. But if Lefevere names a price (which he will not do), anything is possible. If Ratcliffe wants to make this a transfer comparable to football standards, he can.I refuse to believe that article is serious.
Below 0% chance this happens.
EDIT: ok so if I'm correct it's just Lefevere waffling about Ineos guys texting him lol? Is that it?
Plenty of guys? In 2023? Who exactly?INEOS do have that kind of money though. If they really do want immediate success, who are they supposed to go for? Pogacar won't be any cheaper, Vingegaard won't be cheap either and is older than both. No one else comes close as far as I can tell.
They have plenty of guys who can make top 5 bot are lacking a superman like they used to have with Froome and have been for a while. Perhaps they really will be crazy enough to throw insane amounts of cash at Evenepoel.
Remco has a contract for the next bajillion years.Remco is in a position of power and can ask for more money at Quickstep, since he is the reason why they got a long term sponsorship deal. He has Lefevre by the balls, as the later would probably put it...
Unless the contract contains some sort of release clause or his terms include legal reason for termination if a prerequisite isn't met, the only one in power is Lefevere. The contract of Remco doesn't run out until December 31st 2026. Lefevere can ask whatever he so desires.Remco is in a position of power and can ask for more money at Quickstep, since he is the reason why they got a long term sponsorship deal. He has Lefevre by the balls, as the later would probably put it...
On of course just saying if he stays at this exact level as his top level still might get dropped by Pog and Vinge thermonuclear level but he will probably get strongerWhen Roglic dropped him he wasn't on top form. I can't see Roglic dropping him in his 2022 Vuelta form.
I am also pretty sure Pog and Ving would be worried based upon what they saw in the Vuelta.
They would have to though with how strong he is in the TT ( especially Vinge)Doubt they would have attacked like they did in July if they were attacking an in form Remco. Exceptionally difficult to attack him once he gets to the front and has full diesel tempo going
He can talk to Wout about how to break a contract....Remco has a contract for the next bajillion years.
Unless we're gonna get football practices where guys stop showing up to force a move he ain't going anywhere. Besides, if he wants more green I'm sure he can milk Belgian sponsor deals.
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