The possible merger between the Jumbo-Visma and Soudal - Quick-Step teams continues to be the talk of the cycling world, but Patrick Lefevere, director of Soudal - Quick-Step, has flatly denied recent speculation about a meeting at the Jumbo-Visma facility that took place last Monday.
These claims came amid growing rumours of a merger between the two teams. Lefevere responded strongly to the accusations on the X social network, calling the information "a big load of bullshit." In his statements, the Quick-Step director emphasized that he was never present at the Jumbo-Visma facility, except at the time of the virtual presentation.
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The possible merger between Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step had previously been mentioned by several media outlets, including WielterFlits. Patrick Lefevere, one of the key players in this situation, had sent a letter to his riders clarifying that, up to that point, there were no concrete plans or projects related to the merger.
In his statement, the Belgian leader explained that he had held "ongoing conversations with several parties over the past month," emphasizing his willingness to "talk to anyone who feels they can invest in our team and help us improve and progress." These words suggest an active search for opportunities to strengthen the Quick-Step team.
However, Lefevere has emphatically rejected the idea of a meeting at the Jumbo-Visma facility, denying any involvement in such a meeting. His blunt response has sowed further uncertainty about the future of the teams and the possible merger, leaving the cycling community to await further updates and developments in this intriguing story.