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by Mark Zalewski
December 8, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.
Stefan Schumacher will race for the Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team in 2017, a Spanish-Kuwaiti joint venture.
“For the young team he will be one of the important men for the structure, contributing experience,” the team said in a release. “The experienced rider arrives at the team to be one of the references, coming from the German Continental team Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling. After an extensive sporting career, with victories in the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Amstel Gold Race and the Tour de Pologne, the German riders will be one of the pillars in the Asian and Spanish calendar, contributing his experience to the young riders and results for the team.”
Another rider associated with the team is David Rebellin. Both he and Schumacher are controversial riders, testing positive for CERA in 2008, with Rebellin at the Olympics and Schumacher at the Tour de France, after winning two stages and spending time in the yellow jersey.
Schumacher returned to racing at the end of 2010 after the Court of Arbitration Sport reduced his ban, though he continued to deny doping. However, in 2013, he finally admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs.
His initial return only got him a spot on a Continental team, but he was able to move up to a ProContinental team in 2015, along with Rebellin. He won stages of the Vuelta a Asturias, the Tour of China and finished third overall at the 2012 Tour de San Luis.