German media is reporting the creation of a new professional team for next season. Continental team sponsor Wiesenhof will change teams and become the co-sponsor of Akud, German champion Gerald Ciolek's team. The contracts have been signed already. The new team, which will run under the name of Wiesenhof-Akud, will therefore have a big enough budget to apply for a Professional Continental team licence with the UCI. Team manager will be Raphael Schweda, with Jens Heppner working as directeur sportif.
The young German team, who signed German champ Ciolek for another two years, wants to continue with developmental riders as well as a new roster yet to be determined.