Cycling: The ‘capos’ of the cycling market: Froome and Valverde are the ‘rare avis’
TAfter the season, the market closed on November 15. Still, some runners continue to seek shelter. Aru, Power, Rossetto, Vermote, Van Keirsbulck, Cavendish o De Vreese are some examples of cyclists who keep knocking on doors.
Although, in reality, their agents do. Unlike a decade ago, cracks no longer exist without someone to represent them. More and more agencies occupy a complex, global and changing market. Froome (his wife brings him) and Valverde (the soccer player agent Antonio Snchez) are rare.
Among them, those that are handled by Italians stand out Giuseppe Acquadro and Giovanni Lombardi. Acquadro controls a Bernal, Carapaz, Urn, Quintana, Kwiatkoswi, the Izagirre brothers… while Lombardi works with Supermn Lopez, Sagan, Ganna … Among them also are Andrew McQuaid (Roche, Dennis, Thomas …) and the Berkhout brothers (Mollema, Dan Martin, Groenewegen …). Lombardi works with a Spanish license, as Quinziato will do from January, but in our country there are two agencies such as KecSport (Soler, Cortina, Zakarin …) and Velofutur (Carthy, los Herrada, Higuita …).
The first takes her by Edo: “When I was a cyclist I needed help, which is what I try to offer now. With the collaboration of Egoi Martnez (who takes care of young people), we seek to meet the needs of our riders. From getting contracts, managing a change of home, helping them with their needs … “. In Velofutur is Juan Campo: “In addition to representation (20), we also advise and manage the team or race calendar.”
In cycling, unlike other sports, there are no rescission clauses. Brokers usually fulfill their contract. If they break, you have to pay clause. Very seldom occurs as in the case of From the mill, who left Sunweb for the Jumbo. The UCI approves these movements when there is an agreement between the three parties (the two teams and the rider). In the middle of the season there is only one window, between August 1 and 15, although it is normally only used for riders who compete within a team in a delicate situation (in 2014, for example, Dennis went to the BMC of the Garmin).
At the end of 2020, the cycling market – although it has lengthened its terms – has not suffered so much because only one WorldTour (CCC) team has disappeared and because the sport has gained in television audience and has not lost money from tickets that never sold. The new campaign will start in January while the squad bosses complete their operations.