Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl boss Patrick Lefevereo on Remco Evenepoel rumors
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Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl boss Patrick Lefevere has silenced rumors about Remco Evenapoel leaving for Ineos Grenadiers. "It's too stupid for words. Remco himself told me on the phone that I shouldn't believe it,
"Everything is for sale but give me a reason why our boss [Zdenek Bakkala] would sell his team to another billionaire? That will not happen.
0.00%."- he said as quoted by eurosport.com Patrick received many messages. "This ghost story of that message apparently started to spread and almost the whole world has tried to call me," he said.
"There will be a lot of discussion in the cafe and maybe five more newspapers will be sold, but all because of a message.
I get so many of those messages from my colleagues. That's the usual fare for almost any major win. But now it has taken on a life of its own." He emphasized that there are no intentions of the Belgian to leave the team. "I have signed contracts for five years, with Remco as well as with Soudal, Quick-Step and Specialized.
Alaphilippe is also locked-in for another three years. Nothing is binding in life, but I will do my very best to keep those agreements," he said.
"I don't like to use the word 'family' because if you are married you can always divorce, but there are no intentions in that sense."
Mathieu van der Poel and incident
Mathieu van der Poel spoke about the incident and confrontation with two teenage girls.
Mathieu spoke of his intentions; “That’s what I said, I held a girl by the arm, certainly not with the intention of hurting anyone,” said Van der Poel after video footage emerged of the alleged hotel incident on Tuesday.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I have never hurt anyone.
There are a lot of stories going around about pushing and stuff. That is absolutely not true. Not what happened.
“There are two sides to a story and being in Australia it's hard to deal with”. He regrets his actions: “I definitely regret it, I’m wrong, I admit that.
I shouldn't have done that, I should have acted differently.
“Unfortunately it happened. I try to put it behind me and see what comes next. Now I go home, get some peace and quiet, I’m very happy to be back. Now the team and the lawyer will deal with it." He believes that he could have acted differently.
“It was late and I wanted to sleep,” said Van der Poel.
“I thought I could fix it myself, which went completely wrong. Unfortunately, I can't change it any more”.