Wiesenhof's sports director crashes out

The winter weather in Germany is dangerous, not just for pro cyclists, but for the directeurs sportif, too. Markus Schleicher of Team Wiesenhof-Akud found this out the hard way - a patch of ice, a misplaced foot - and the result was a broken shinbone. So much for his plans to accompany his team to the Tour de Langkawi. Instead of enjoying the warmth in Malaysia, he will be undergoing surgery in a German hospital.

The team certainly isn't about to let its riders race unaccompanied. They were able to find Andreas Petermann, former director with the German teams Coast and Bianchi, who immediately agreed to step in. "That was a bit of luck for us," said Team Manager Raphael Schweda. "That way we will still have an experienced man on the spot."

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