By Susan Westemeyer
Team Wiesenhof-Felt has closed its roster for the 2007 season with the signing of T-Mobile riders Olaf Pollack and Jörg Ludewig. The professional continental team will have 16 riders for the coming season.
"We had an eye on building a competitive team for 2007 after it became clear to us that top riders like Gerald Ciolek would leave us," Director Sportif Jens Heppner said Saturday at the team meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany. "In Olaf Pollack and Jörg Ludewig, we have taken on two experienced riders who will fill important roles in our big assignments next year."
Pollack and Ludewig will be joining T-Mobile teammates Steffen Wesemann and Bas Giling at Wiesenhof, while Ciolek is going the opposite direction, leaving Wiesenhof for T-Mobile.
Wiesenhof has retained only nine riders from the previous season, with 10 newcomers. It also has a new name, co-sponsor Felt, and is moving its headquarters to Karlsruhe, home of another new sponsor, the Karlsruhe Messa (Convention Center).
Wiesenhof-Felt for 2007: Artur Gajek, Bas Giling, Christian Leben, Jörg Ludewig, Daniel Musiol, Felix Odebrecht, Olaf Pollack, Steffen Radochla, Torsten Schmidt, Andre Schluze, Stefan Van Dijck, Martin Velits, Peter Velits, Robert Wagner and Steffen Wesemann.