Patrick Lefevere is no longer looking for riders: “But I’m not...

CCC is calling it quits, NTT has still not found a new lender: the peloton still has many riders who currently do not know whether they will still have a place at the highest level in 2021.

Due to the corona crisis, places have become even more expensive and Deceuninck-Quick Step is also knocking on the door.

“Riders are looking for me, but I’m no longer looking for riders”, says team manager Patrick Lefevere.

“Not only riders are looking for me, my mailbox is also full of voluntary applications from caretakers, team leaders, mechanics”, says Lefevere.

“But I am no longer looking for riders for the 2021 season. I have 28 riders at the moment and although you can have 32 riders in your team next year, I don’t need any more. I don’t have a budget anymore.”

Although the door seems to be ajar for Mark Cavendish. In a column in Het Nieuwsblad, Lefevere already alluded to a possible return of the 35-year-old Briton. Is there an update?

“I’m still not sure,” says Lefevere of the former world champion, who drove for his team between 2013 and 2015.

“Mark has a backpack with a record, won 30 rides in the Tour de France. He can mean a lot for young riders, brings a lot of experience, but at the same time I also wonder what he can still achieve in sport for our team. “

“For example, you don’t ask such a person to be in the lead from the start. I don’t have to do it as a publicity stunt. His arrival would be a big stunt for another team, but this is different.”

“In the Vuelta we still hope for our 100th stage victory in a Grand Tour, we again count the most number of victories this season.”

“Mark really wants to come to the team, he even wants to ride for free, he says, but what’s free?”, Lefevere concludes.

“You always have to pay the minimum wage in the WorldTour. In his case that is 70,000 euros. Well, I’m a rational man and in principle I have enough riders, but I’m not quite sure yet.”

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