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Big transfer rumors circulating today suggest that Ineos Grenadiers and Jim Ratcliffe are exploring the possibility of a bold bid to sign new world champion Remco Evenepoel.
VeloNews reports that Ratcliffe is “desperate” to bring a potential Tour de France winner to the team, with Remco being the number one contender. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team boss Patrick Lefevere reportedly told the cycling news site that Dave Brailsford texted him after the Vuelta win saying to ‘call me’ if ‘you want sell it”.
“Brailsford texted me, and he’s not texting a lot,” Lefevere said. “He said, ‘Congratulations, what a champion, and if you ever want to sell him, give me a call.’ That was all, no more, no less.
“You can’t tell if someone is joking on WhatsApp. There was no smiley face, no emoji. Just a few words. Other colleagues just congratulated me, but if Dave wants Remco, he has probably need a lot of money.”
I think Ratcliffe’s $10.1 billion net worth (yes, there’s an obvious joke about what that is in GBP) can handle it…
Any transfer would require a fee as Remco is under contract with the Belgian side until 2026, and Ineos would have to go through the world champion’s father, Patrick, who represents him.
“We have been in contact with them for years. [Ineos] but there was no meeting,” said Patrick Evenepoel. “There was no meeting but we had a phone call with them. We have had contact with them and I know Mr. Brailsford and Mr. Ellingworth. We have known each other for years. It’s normal that they call me to congratulate me with the Vuelta and after Liège.
Asked if there had been any discussions about a possible change to Ineos, Patrick laughed… “This discussion was already there three years ago.”
“I don’t know. Remco has a five-year contract with Quick-Step. I don’t know. It’s not for me to talk. We want to celebrate the Vuelta and the world championships, and what happens in the future, we’ll see what’s to come.”