Ridley CEO hits back after Lotto-Dstny split

Lotto Dstny team stand on stage
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The CEO of Belgian bike brand Ridley has issued a statement accusing Lotto-Dstny of "reputational damage" consigning the two sides' 12-year partnership to the bin after it emerged the team will cut ties with the brand and switch to a new bike sponsor in 2024. 

The ProTeam were set to continue aboard Ridley bikes for another two years, in a deal signed in 2021 that was set to last until the end of the 2025 season. However, it was reported in the Belgian press this week that the team is ready to switch to Orbea. 

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.