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Patrick Lefevre on the future with Soudal: "Winning the Grand Tour with Evenball remains the ambition, but the world won't end if it doesn't work out" |  Cycling

Patrick Lefevre on the future with Soudal: “Winning the Grand Tour with Evenball remains the ambition, but the world won’t end if it doesn’t work out” | Cycling

CyclingThe big word has been (officially) out since today: Soudal will join Patrick Lefevre’s squad for at least five years starting in 2023. He’s happy with the deal, his longest ever. “It should have been an agreement for me for five years, otherwise it wouldn’t be necessary for me.” The ambition of the team, which will be called Soudal-Quick.Step, has not changed: to win a Grand Tour with Remco Evenepoel.


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“I am very happy to announce this collaboration today,” said Patrick Lefevre, satisfied with the first rest day of the tour. “I am quite an old man and have spent a lot of time cycling. I no longer feel the pressure of looking for sponsors. It should have been a deal for me for five years, otherwise it is no longer necessary for me.”

The first contacts with Soudal were made by co-sponsor Quick.Step. “Of course I couldn’t do it in an ethical way,” Lefevere points to Soudal’s sponsorship with the Lotto team. “That feels good to me. Is it my best deal ever? My longest, anyway.” And what about the budget? Over the five years, there should always be slight progress. I’m also not used to working with bonuses, but winning the Tour or another big round brings in extra money – without putting pressure on the boys, of course.”

Win the big round with Evenepoel

On paper, Lefevere’s greatest asset on the tours is of course Remco Evenepoel. “Winning a grand tour with Remco is still the ambition, but the world won’t end if it doesn’t work out,” said Lefevere, who also wants to continue investing in Evenepoel’s core. “It’s going to be tough against big-budget teams like Jumbo-Visma and INEOS, but we’ll try. The butlers on those teams are paid as captains. We’re building quietly and I don’t think we’ve seen our best men yet. Moreover, if the captain is wearing the captain’s shirt. The team can do so much more.”

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Sodal CEO Dirk Korevitts and Yves Lambert, Quick Step CEO Robin Desmet and Patrick Lefevre present the new project. © Photo News

Yves Lambert showing the outfit for next season.

Yves Lambert showing the outfit for next season. © Photo News