After a long time of uncertainty, we can finally officially report positive news!
Victor had been living in great uncertainty as to whether he would still be able to remain active at the highest level of professional cycling since NTT discontinued as the main sponsor. Victor still had a commitment until 2022 and that was now being jeopardized.
In this unusual season that started on a low note with a painful fall in the Czech Republic Tour, Victor was struggling to regain that exceptional good, pre-fall physical condition. He also came across 2 exceptional talents, which came to full bloom: van Aert and Ganna seemed unbeatable.
After a good Giro for the NTT team, crowned by Ben O’Connor’s victory, eventually Victor found his good legs back. This resulted in two nice 2nd places in the last stages.
These results gave team manager Douglas Ryder the encouragement to keep looking for new investors.
In the meantime, the NTT-riders were informed of the situation and were free to look for another employer. Manager Jef Van den Bosch was asked to step up a gear. Several teams were contacted and there were some vague contacts, but it never became concrete. The tension and uncertainty increased as time went on. In these uncertain corona times, the team managers take advantage and offer the few remaining positions for very poor contracts.
A sour situation for Victor. In normal circumstances he would have had a very good contract for another 2 years. If he signed with another team, he would have to give up a lot. This was a situation to be avoided since he and Fanny are moving to Gavere.
His cycling future seemed so uncertain that a plan B was forged. Contacts were already made to return to triathlon in case no new contract could be signed. A truly dire situation for someone who surprised the world last year with a super world hour record: 55.089km!
And then … the redemption:
Douglas Ryder conjured the continuation of the team !!! Victor will continue his cycling career under the new team name QHUBEKA ASSOS.
Are we going to see him in the Tour of Flanders, as he might be suggesting in this video?