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Changes in Lensworld-Kuota sponsorship prompts the team to fold

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

The Belgian team, Lensworld-Kuota, seemed to have everything lined up for the 2018 season. The organization began to construct the roster, sponsorship was set, contract negotiations were made. However, a change in which the team’s title sponsor, Lensworld was taken over by LensOnline resulted in the company pulling their sponsorship from the team, leaving a gap in funding that will be hard to fill in time for the race season.

“Without Lensworld, it’s not possible to work further in a professional way,” said Heidi Van De Vijver, manager of what was the best Belgian WorldTour squad. “Even though there is still hope for a solution, the short time is the main obstacle to find a new main sponsor and I can not ask the riders to wait until the very last moment.

“Belgium is big in cycling organizations and there are also many men’s and women’s teams at various levels, but in this small country it is not obvious to find a main sponsor so fast. By 2019, yes, but most companies had already spent their advertising budget for the coming year.

“This year we ended up with the smallest budget as the best Belgian team. We were able to compete at the highest level and after all these years we became a highly appreciated team. We already had a beautiful race team for 2018, so this is incredibly bad for all those involved.

“Obviously, I’m very grateful to Lensworld that we have been able to count on them for the past 5 years and that we have come such a long way with all the other partners. It’s the timing that was unfortunate.”