After one year of suspension, German cyclist Danilo Hondo will make his come-back on Easter Monday at the Rund um Köln race in Germany. The world class sprinter will return to the peloton in the colours of Lamonta, a German Continental team. His contract with the squad was signed last week, but if Hondo gets an offer from a ProTour team, he is free to leave the third division outfit.
"Of course that's unusual," the manager of Team Lamonta, Holger Sievers told Radsportnews. "But the situation is what it is. I think it's completely understandable that Danilo wants to go to the Tour de France; on the level where he belongs. We don't hold a grudge against him for that. For us, it's a huge publicity already." The team's sponsor, a furniture company, agreed to sign him and increased its budget immediately - Hondo' earnings are of course far from a ProTeam's salary, but not reported as low as Continental level neither. The German is eager to return to racing.