Bernhard Eisel has extended his contract with Team Columbia for two years, through 2010. The Austrian sprinter talked to other teams but said that the deciding factor was "that I can ride the Classics Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen, my main goals for the next two years.
"The second point is that we have a really good team, where everyone helps everyone and everyone understands each other," Eisel said on his website, eisel.com. "And our success shows that we are doing something right: together with the women's team we already have over 100 victories."
The 27 year-old has been participating in the post-Tour criteriums, with the last one Friday evening. After that he will take a two week break "which I desperately need. My back pain from my crashes in the Tour de France has not yet gone away. Next week I will hopefully be able to cure it entirely."