Vermote renews with Alpecin-Fenix after 'year to forget'

Julien Vermote (Alpecin-Fenix)
Julien Vermote (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Team Alpecin Fenix)

Alpecin-Fenix announced on Tuesday they have renewed their contract with 32-year-old Julien Vermote despite the Belgian not competing in a single race during the 2021 season. 

Vermote was thrown a lifeline by the ProTeam in March after he spent more than half a year searching for a contact after not being kept on by Cofidis, but a case of COVID-19 and then an infection with toxoplasmosis prevented him from racing with Alpecin-Fenix.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura's specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.