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Zabel resigns as Cyclassics Sport Director

Cycling News
July 29, 2013, 13:10 BST,
July 29, 2013, 14:10 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Vattenfall Cyclassics
The eternal hard-man: Erik Zabel Photo: © AFP

The eternal hard-man: Erik Zabel Photo: © AFP

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Organizer could imagine different co-operation with German in the future

Erik Zabel has resigned his position as Sport Director of the Vattenfalls Cyclassics, the only German WorldTour race. His action came after his extensive disclosure of doping for much of his career.

“We spoke with Erik Zabel over the weekend. In the conversation he offered to give up his post as sport director. We accepted that offer,” race spokesman Reinald Achilles told the dpa news agency.

The organizer, Upsolut Event GmbH, said that it would be willing to work with Zabel again in the future, however. “We could imagine working with Erik Zabel on another level in the future,” Achilles said.

The Vattenfalls Cyclassics has been held in Hamburg, Germany, every year since 1996. Zabel won the race, which usually ends in a sprint, in 2001. It is scheduled to be held August 25.

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