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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
One of Sven Nys’ and Niels Albert’s chief racing rivals was Bart Wellens, both a World and Belgian Champion, twice each. But after he retired in 2015 he stepped away from the sport, needing time to clear his head. Wellens eventually returned and his former rivals, he has turned to coaching a team in retirement. But unlike the huge resources of a team like Telenet Fidea, Wellens is the coach of the smaller Steylaerts-Verona team, led by Gianni Vermeersch.
“I always said I wanted to stay active in the sport,” said Wellens.
“But then I stopped, I had really had enough and I made clear that for a while I wanted nothing to do with cyclocross. The interest of the larger teams disappears quickly, you’ve forgotten faster than you think.”
Fortunately, not everyone forgot about him and he was able to find enough sponsors to pull a team together.
“Our budget is much less than those of the teams of Sven Nys and Niels Albert. Not everyone just throws money around. So you should be able to explain what you will do with it very well to convince a sponsor. And so I have to think carefully what I do with every Euro I have. It is important to spend the money well.”
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