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Wiesenhof first and second

By:
Ben Abrahams & Paul Verkuylen, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer
Published:
September 18, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:42 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for September 18, 2007

Team Wiesenhof-Felt celebrated a win and a second place on Sunday, as it nears the end of what may...

Team Wiesenhof-Felt celebrated a win and a second place on Sunday, as it nears the end of what may be its last season ever. Wiesenhof announced in May that it would end its sponsorship at the end of the 2007 season.

However, team manager Raphael Schwede isn't giving up hope in his search for a new sponsor. "We are still holding discussions," he told Cyclingnews. "There is nothing new right now. We will know by the end of September."

Over the weekend, he could look to the two extremes on the team, as one of his youngsters won a race in France and a veteran took a second place in Germany, missing out on the win by only one second.

Peter Velits, a 22 year-old Slovak, won the Grand Prix des Fourmies out of a four-man escape group ahead of Daniele Nardello (Team LPR) and Baden Cooke (Unibet.com). "That was very clever of Peter," said directeur sportif Ronny Lauke on the team's website wiesenhof-felt.de.

Over in Germany at the Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt, 33 year-old sprinter Olaf Pollack won the sprint of the following peloton to place second behind Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner). Teammate Robert Retschke finished ninth. "We can be very satisfied with the results of Pollack and Retschke, as well as with the performance of the whole team," said directeur sportif Markus Schleicher. "We came within a hair of our second win this Sunday."

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