In a move that has shaken the cycling world in recent days, a possible union between two renowned teams, Jumbo Visma and Soudal Quick Step, has been announced. This news, which has been labeled a "bombshell" in world cycling, could have profound implications for the future of some of the top riders on these teams.
Among the most notable consequences would be the possible departure of several riders, including two big names: Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel. The main reason behind the need to disengage from certain riders is the overcrowding of registered riders that would result from the merger between Jumbo Visma and Soudal Quick Step. The question on everyone's mind is what will happen to Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel.
For several weeks now, rumors of Primoz Roglic's possible departure from Jumbo Visma have been on everyone's lips. However, with the merger now closer to becoming a reality, interest from other teams in the three-time Vuelta a España winner and reigning Giro d'Italia champion has reached unimaginable levels.
Four teams in particular have expressed interest in acquiring Roglic's services, and all are rumored to have approached the Slovenian during the last Vuelta a España. The teams interested in signing Primoz Roglic are:
Jumbo-Visma not worried about Primoz Roglic's possible departure: "If he were to leave, he'd potentially have to compete against formidable rivals like Vingegaard or Kuss"
1. Bahrain Victorious: The Bahraini team, which has been on the rise in recent years, sees Roglic as the piece that could take them to the next level in Grand Tours.
2. Jayco AlUla: This Australian team has proven its ability to compete at the international level and considers Roglic an invaluable asset in its quest for elite cycling achievements.
3. Lidl Trek: Another team that has set its sights on Roglic. Their experience and resources could offer a new stage for the Slovenian.
4. Movistar Team: Although the Spanish team had previously shown interest in Roglic, the merger between Jumbo Visma and Soudal Quick Step could make its offer even more attractive.