Brian Holm says Jumbo-Visma and Quick-Step merger will ‘save the future’ of Patrick Lefevere’s team

‘I think he wants it’ former Quick-Step DS believes Soudal-Visma will become a reality in the coming months

Patrick Lefevere
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Brian Holm believes that Soudal Quick-Step merging with Jumbo-Visma is the best way to safeguard the future of his former team.

Earlier this week, it was first reported by Dutch outlet Wielerflits that Patrick Lefevere’s Quick-Step squad were potentially set to partner with Jumbo-Visma to form one WorldTour 'super team'.

Wielerflits then reported on Thursday evening that Amazon will become one of the first co-sponsors of the new WorldTour project.

Holm previously served as a directeur sportif under Lefevere at Quick-Step, and told Cycling Weekly before the Amazon news broke that he thinks the merger will "save the future" of his former team.

“I know Patrick of course, but I have never spoken to him about this," Holm said. "So for me it was a surprise also the initial story, I did not see that coming at first.

“But now I think about it, with Patrick Lefevere, he's 68, it's about time to think about his retirement because what he's doing is a very, very tough job and he's had the job since like 1979. So sooner or later, we all have to pull out.

“I mean, it's just a matter of time… A big thing we always talked about when I was a DS at the team was who will take over after Patrick? Nobody can do his job, nobody. I was there 10 years and I told Patrick, who can take over after you? It's such a big job…. It’s a 24 hour job.

“I always thought when Patrick quits, the team would probably fold.”

Holm added that two teams merging wasn't usually a good thing for the sport, as it meant there was one less established team in the top flight.  

“But in another way it could save the future of Quick-Step because he [Lefevere] will still be there, but just on the board," he said.

“For me, it would actually be quite good for Quick-Step because imagine he will stop in two years and nobody takes over? The team would stop because nobody can do his job in the team, nobody.”

Remco Evenepoel

Potential merger could see Remco Evenepoel and Jonas Vingegaard become teammates 

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