Wiesenhof-Akud will disappear from the cycling scene next year, but will be replaced by Weisenhof-Felt. The new co-sponsor is Felt Bicycles, a young firm that has already made its reputation with BMX and mountain bikes, and now wants to increase its presence in the street racing bike market.
"There will be a complete overhaul of the sponsors" in 2007, the team announced Monday. "Some sponsors are pulling out or are reducing their budget. Others are coming new to the team or are increasing their budget."
There will be many changes in the team itself, too. "Four young hopeful riders have made the switch to Pro Tour teams, which speaks well for the team's work with the youngsters," the team said. Gerald Ciolek is going to T-Mobile, Marcel Sieberg to Milram, and Tim Klinger and Carlo Westphal are joining Gerolsteiner. In addition, Lubor Tesar is ending his career at the end of the season.