Lotto-Soudal could be the front-runners to sign Tom Boonen for next season, with bike manufacturer Ridley keen to get the prolific Belgian on board
Should Etixx boss Patrick Lefevere be looking to cut ties with Boonen, who has ridden for the Quickstep team since 2003, he could don the red strip of Lotto-Soudal.
Het Nieuwsblad reports that Boonen will not only be offered a ride for 2017, but also a job after he retires in a PR position that would also include helping with product design.
The report suggests that Boonen would be keen on such a move, given that his father, André, still works for Ridley, he lives near the Ridley headquarters in Paal-Beringen and he had success as a junior on Ridley bikes.
Ridley CEO Jochem Aerts will reportedly foot much of the bill to bring Boonen on board – a move which would give the Lotto-Soudal team an experienced campaigner for the Classics season, who could help young talents such as Tiesj Benoot.