Former pro racer Johan Capiot is hopeful about a new Belgian Pro Continental team, too. According to newspaper Het Belang van Limburg, he is on the verge of signing a deal with several sponsors, providing him with a budget for it. "Within a couple of weeks, I might be able to officialise everything, including the name of the main sponsor," said Capiot, who has been a directeur sportif of several Belgians teams before (TVM-Farm Frites, Bankgiroloterij, Chocolade Jacques).
"It all came to life after the Eneco Tour. The municipality of Charleroi [also sponsoring french RAGT team, which is stopping after 2005] contacted me and we agreed rapidly. With bike manufacturer Orbea, too, everything went very fast. With Insurance company Delta Loyd the agreement is settled to 90 percent. And the negotiations with the main sponsor, whose name I can't say, are looking very good. We need a budget of at least 1.5 Million Euros," he added.