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Wiesenhof leaves the peloton

By:
Laura Weislo with assistance from Susan Westemeyer
Published:
October 15, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:46 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for October 15, 2007

Team Wiesenhof-Felt made its farewell from the peloton Sunday in Paris-Tours. The team lost its...

Team Wiesenhof-Felt made its farewell from the peloton Sunday in Paris-Tours. The team lost its sponsor as of the end of the year and the team management was unable to find a replacement .

The team appeared in the ProTour race with only five riders after Olaf Pollack could not start due to a knee injury and Steffen Wesemann fell ill, so that it planned to go with six riders. However, at the last minute, Stefan van Dijk decided to stay at home with his wife who is expecting a child momentarily.

"We didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the race, but we are nevertheless very satisfied with our performance today," said Directeur Sportif Ronny Lauke. "Without a sprinter on the team, of course we didn't have a chance in a mass sprint in such a strong field." He concluded, "All in all, despite everything, it was a good last race for Team Wiesenhof-Felt."

Team Manager Raphael Schweda agreed, saying, "Too bad that we couldn't pull off a surprise. Paris-Tours was a great experience and a worthy end for Team Wiesenhof-Felt."

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