One of the most well-known, well-respected and longest serving team bosses in cycling, Patrick Lefevere has been involved at the highest level of the sport for decades. As he nears his 70th birthday though, he's looking to wind down.
“We do not want Patrick to stop abruptly, but we do ask that there is a plan for a successor," CEO of Quick-Step, Ruben Desmet, has revealed to Het Nieuwsblad. "Someone who can follow along and gradually takes on more responsibility. It cannot suddenly go from zero to one hundred."
Given the intense, hands on nature of Lefevere's involvement in all things Soudal - Quick-Step however, this is not an easy task. As the often outspoken Belgian admits himself in conversation with the same Flemish news outlet.
“That is not a simple quest, because I cannot miss. As a joke I always say 'with thirty riders per season I can be wrong by one transfer' . Not in the role of successor," he quips. "But: we have found someone who will start in a role as COO. It is not a right-hand man, but a COO.” it is not revealed though, who that right-hand man, so time will tell.
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