Bora will become Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe and assures that van Aert and Evenepoel are not in the sights: “They are under contract”

Bora will become Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe and assures that van Aert and Evenepoel are not in the sights: “They are under contract”
Bora will become Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe and assures that van Aert and Evenepoel are not in the sights: “They are under contract”

“It’s done”, breathes Ralph Denk. The boss of the German team is obviously not talking about the transfer of the two Belgians. With great pride, he gave a little more information regarding the partnership agreement with Red Bull. News which, in fact, was only a matter of time. At the end of 2023, Red Bull acquired 51% of RD Procycling GmbH&Co KG, the holding company of BORA-Hansgrohe.

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At the same time, the owners of the energy drink had therefore become the majority shareholder of the cycling team. “The agreement is concluded, much of the preparatory administrative work is behind us. We can now move forward”, explained, relieved, Ralph Denk. Which means that the Austrian competition authority has given its approval to ratify this agreement. “This is an important step in our future growth and development”he also went further.

”Remco, Wout and Tom are fantastic riders”

Obviously, the question of recruitment was brought up. Once Red Bull’s takeover was announced, several riders were announced such as Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock as potential targets. A somewhat quick shortcut which was justified since the two men are sponsored by the Austrian brand. Remco Evenepoel was also affected by the rumor because of its other sponsor, Specialized, which takes care of the cycling team’s bikes.

Ralph Denk was obviously cautious and also a little laughing about this. “Almost everyone who has drunk Red Bull has been linked to us in the recent past”, he said, amused. “I admit Remco, Wout and Tom are fantastic riders. But all three still have current contracts with their current teams. Never say never, we’ll see what the future holds. But for the moment we do not have the ambition to buy them back for free.”

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As a reminder, Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) have a contract which runs until 2026 while Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) is committed until 2027.

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A new expected mount

For the riders, this partnership will completely change the face of the team. The name will already be different. BORA-Hansgrohe will transform into Red Bull-BORA-Hansgrohe.

Equipment manufacturers will also undergo a facelift. “Our bikes, our outfits, our helmets, etc. will receive a new “branding”. However, we will continue to race with a German license.”

Financially too, Red Bull will do good. But it is very difficult to give a precise amount that the leaders wish to keep for themselves. “A U23 development team should complete the chain of transmission between our U19 team (juniors, editor’s note) and the professional team”added Ralph Denk.

With the arrival of Primoz Roglic at the start of the year, the objective is clearly to become one of the best teams in the peloton. “Big victories motivate me. Red Bull saw huge potential there and I consider it an honor. This partnership will help us achieve our major goals. And I’m not just talking about winning the Tour de France. We also want to become the most attractive “brand” in cycling. This won’t happen overnight. But that’s our (medium) long term goal.”

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