The situation between André Greipel and the management at Lotto Soudal appears to be deteriorating after the German told Cyclingnews that he had been offered a two-year deal by the team but that he was not happy with the terms. The sprinter, whose contract expires at the end of the season, refuted team manager Paul De Geyter’s earlier claim that no offer had been made. The pair are scheduled to meet at the Tour de Suisse on Friday.
On Tuesday, De Geyter told Cyclingnews that he had met with Greipel during the Spring and that they had discussed the future. However, the former rider agent added that no contract had been put forward. On the same day, Lotto Soudal were linked heavily to Mitchelton-Scott’s Caleb Ewan, with speculation mounting that the Australian would move teams in the winter. De Geyter admitted that he had talked to Ewan’s agent but once again stressed that a contract had not been offered.
On Wednesday morning, at the start of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, Greipel agreed to talk to Cyclingnews outside the Lotto Soudal team bus.
“The latest situation is that I’ve been negotiating with the team. I have an offer but I’m not happy with the offer. They gave me an offer, but quite an unfair offer,” Greipel told Cyclingnews.
When Cyclingnews pointed out that De Geyter had told the site 24 hours earlier that no offer had been made, the German responded in a calm but strong manner.
“He said he didn’t give an offer? Then he was lying… I hope he will come on Friday. It was a two-year [offer] but if he says there’s no offer then probably there’s no offer. I’m surprised that he said this. I got an offer, and that’s all I can say,” Greipel said.
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