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Bölts resigns from Gerolsteiner

By:
Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Published:
May 25, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:25 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for May 25, 2007

Udo Bölts has asked Team Gerolsteiner to release him from his contract as a Directeur Sportif with...

Udo Bölts has asked Team Gerolsteiner to release him from his contract as a Directeur Sportif with the team, following his disclosure that he used EPO and growth hormones while riding for Team Telekom in the 1990s. Bölts said, "It is my decision alone. I don't want to distract from the success of our young riders with my past. Besides, I need some breathing space and will withdraw from cycling."

Team manager Hans-Michael Holczer said, "After his doping confession and the newest happenings in cycling I can understand his decision all too well and will accept it."

Bölts, 40, worked for the team on a part-time basis and was scheduled to lead the team for 32 race days this year.

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