Remco Evenepoel Breaks Silence on Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep Merger


Remco Evenepoel Breaks Silence on Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep Merger
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Remco Evenepoel, one of cycling's brightest stars, has finally opened up about the proposed merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep, shedding light on the uncertainty that has gripped the cycling world. In a candid interview with Het Laatste Nieuws, Evenepoel expressed his frustration, stating, "We get zero information and therefore have no answers," echoing the sentiments of his teammates who are equally in the dark about their future.

The Belgian sensation, who has been courted by Ineos Grenadiers to bolster their Grand Tour ambitions, is currently facing a pivotal moment in his career. Discussions with Jumbo-Visma have taken place, but the outcome remains uncertain, contingent upon the merger's details and whether Soudal-QuickStep can maintain their WorldTour license.

As Evenepoel gears up for Il Lombardia in Italy, he voiced his concern over the lack of clarity surrounding the merger. "We just don't know anything. I only know what you know, what you write," he said. "All we can do is wait and hope it turns out well."

UCI Rules and Rider Uncertainty

The UCI has stipulated that rider and staff contracts must be respected in the merger, with riders only becoming free agents after October 19. Evenepoel acknowledges the transfer window remains open until December 31 but emphasizes the urgency of resolving the situation, especially with the holiday season approaching.

As Evenepoel and his Soudal-QuickStep teammates strive to maintain focus on their upcoming races, including Il Lombardia, uncertainty looms over their future. He shared, "There is a somewhat strange, somewhat confused atmosphere. Some people deal with this differently than others. I want to use all my energy for the race. I'm here to chase my last big season goal, Il Lombardia. We should save panic and stress for after the season."

In the fast-paced world of professional cycling, where teamwork and strategy are paramount, the unresolved merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal-QuickStep has left Evenepoel and his fellow riders yearning for answers. As they prepare to tackle the final Monument of the 2023 season, their focus remains on the road ahead, with the hope that clarity will emerge from the current uncertainty.

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