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Klöden shoots back

By:
Antonio J. Salmerón
Published:
August 29, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:26 BST
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Latest Cycling News for August 29, 2006

Andreas Klöden is not going to leave quietly. In German BILD magazine he responded angrily to...

Andreas Klöden is not going to leave quietly. In German BILD magazine he responded angrily to comments from his soon-to-be-former team, T-Mobile. "I'm not running away from the responsibility, but leaving because my wishes couldn't be fulfilled," he said. Christian Frommert, director of sports communications for T-Mobile International, the team sponsor, had said, "In this difficult time for cycling, we offered Andreas Klöden a prominent and responsible position. We accept that he apparently cannot or will not take it."

The Tour de France podium finisher also shot out at outgoing team management Olaf Ludwig and Mario Kummer, saying, "If they hadn't been so incapable, we would have won the Tour!" Meanwhile, rumour in Germany has it that T-Mobile does not intend to extend the contracts of Steffen Wesemann, nor Serguei Honchar - who scored two stage wins at the Tour de France for the team, and rode several days wearing the yellow jersey.

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