The Empella frames cost about 500 euro with fork
It's the current world champions' frame
I thought that was not true b'cause in the newspapers you allways see him racing with a ridley. This is the reason ...
Riding a Ridley is costing Bart Wellens 1200 Euros a day
This past weekend Bart Wellens raced with his Ridley bikes once again, and not his Empella’s.
Bart’s three SpaarSelect teammates continued to ride their Empella’s, as was ordered by
the Belgian courts in October. As per the court ruling-every time Bart Wellens or one of his team
mates rides something other than the originally contracted Empella bikes this season, a fine of
1,200 Euro per day will be applied (or approx. US$1,400).
Empella Fietsen from the Dutch village of Erp, signed a two year sponsor agreement with the
SpaarSelect team in the summer 2002. This past summer, the new SpaarSelect manager Hans van
Kasteren signed a new deal with Ridley for bike sponsorship for this season. At the start of the
season, the entire team was riding Ridley’s, ignoring the original Empella contract. Only
after intervention by the Belgian courts, the team was forced to switch back, or pay 1200 Euro a
Last week an appeal was heard in the case, but the result will not be known until mid
December. Until then the original verdict stands, which would put Empella in the position to
collect the money. After the appeal, Empella was notified that Wellens was going to ride a
Ridley this past weekend.
Ridley has been putting the pressure on SpaarSelect team as well since they too would like to see
their contract honored.
An Interesting detail from last weekend was Bart Wellens jersey which was bearing both
As far as my information is right there's e reason why Kasterren signed a new contract with ridley, it seems that the Spaarselect-team was not satisfied about Empella.