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Zabel resigns as Cyclassics Sport Director

Cycling News
July 29, 2013, 12:10,
July 29, 2013, 13:10
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

  • The eternal hard-man: Erik Zabel Photo: © AFP
  • Erik Zabel won an incredible six consecutive green jerseys at the Tour de France
  • German sprinter Erik Zabel (Team Milram)

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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.

Murali Parameswaran More than 1 year ago
Not another repeat of stupidity. Zabel's confession is beyond the statute of limitations. Could have simply let him continue the post. Omerta will continue as long as the past riders feel that they will also be part of some witch hunt. Many of these guys were not really earning a lot, as compared with other sports. It is not the big names that hesitate to come out in open that hurts the anti-doping movement. The real impact is on the group of riders who are part of the business who can't afford to come out clean due to the fear of losing job. Omerta is the first demon that needs to be conquered. The race organizers should have considered that before "offering" Zabel the way out.
avantage More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm sure they know that he still lies, exactly because of the "statute of limitations", he cannot tell the whole truth. So, it's best for everybody.
TheBean More than 1 year ago
IMO, resigning is a sign of class. He understands that he is on the headlines as a confessed cheater and that there is suspicion that his confession is not completely honest. So, he is choosing to remove himself from an event rather than wait to be kicked out or face the hassle of a lawsuit. Dope or not, he was a classy racer. Another contributor to - and victim of - an era that had its problems.
Bola del Mundo More than 1 year ago
Wondering how would Rick think of his father now? Rick would have been really proud of his father when he was still a kid and perhaps his father was the reason why Rick got into cycling in the first place.
David Loving More than 1 year ago
He should not have to resign just because he followed the lead buffalo over the cliff.
tiz-urkey More than 1 year ago
So, when does he get fired from Katusha?
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
Fired by whom? Ekimov? That's a good one...
Fred53 More than 1 year ago
Will he also close the shop front where he shows all his trophies?