Lotto Soudal Back In The Fray For Ewan, Greipel Set For Talks

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)

First the facts. André Greipel is 35 and out of contract at the end of the season. Caleb Ewan is 11 years Greipel’s junior and also out of contract at the end of the year. Lotto Soudal have a ready-made, but admittedly aging, lead-out train and have been linked to the Australian since the end of 2017. That speculation seemed to subside when Mitchelton-Scott announced in January that Ewan would make his Tour de France debut this year, with the news appearing to act as a sweetener to encourage the Australian to re-sign with the team and wade off interest from other parties. In recent days, however, the Lotto Soudal rumours have resurfaced and even caught Mitchelton-Scott by surprise. Reports have circulated that Greipel has been offered a one-year extension to stay at Lotto but on less money and with the key proviso that he will no longer be the ...

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