Broken deals, unemployed riders, licence lottery: the looming effects of a Soudal-Visma mega merger

Soudal Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma could be teaming up, but what would it actually mean? What are the loose ends?

Jonas Vingegaard and Remco Evenepoel
(Image credit: Getty Images)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." 

No, not the opening line of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but a tale about the proposed merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal Quick-Step. Both of cycling’s biggest and most successful teams of the last decade, seem to be looking for a wife - apparently prompted by the financial difficulties of running a successful cycling squad in 2023.

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