A new global player will soon enter the cycling world. After all, Red Bull has acquired 51 percent of the shares of Bora-Hansgrohe. This will make them a lot more financially effective, and that will also immediately bring about the necessary transfer rumors.
For example, Red Bull is also the private sponsor of Wout van Aert. The Kempen native was also previously linked to Bora-Hansgrohe. However, the introduction of the energy drink does not necessarily mean that a transfer is imminent, according to broker Dries Smets. “That really seems too simplistic to me,” says the one at Sporza.
“Van Aert and Pidcock have a contract with their teams and an individual partnership with Red Bull, but one is not necessarily linked to the other.”
Management remains mysterious
But there is a link between Van Aert and Red Bull, although according to Sporza this would be a deal with Red Bull Belgium, while in the case of Bora-Hansgrohe this would be more on an international level. Nevertheless, this fact is worth keeping an eye on.
Not least because Van Aert’s management was contacted about this and they did not want to discuss the possibilities of a transfer to Bora-Hansgrohe. In that respect they immediately provide the necessary mystery.
Although journalist Christophe Vandegoor seems to know more. “That story was a good laugh, as I know from their management. Especially with Van Aert, who feels very good about his team,” he says.
More chance at Evenepoel
That may be different for Remco Evenepoel, where there were previously rumors that he wanted to try his luck elsewhere than at Soudal Quick-Step. “He is an ambassador for Specialized and Bora-Hansgrohe also races with that American bicycle brand.”
There is also a clear link there, and Vandegoor certainly does not rule out a transfer for Evenepoel. “Until when will he stay at Soudal-Quick Step after last year’s mess? You might already have half a marriage there.”