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by Mark Zalewski
December 17, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks; BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz ‘very confident’ in Porte’s Tour de France chances; Cookson urges Brailsford to reveal contents of medical package; Five questions for Dave Brailsford; Moreno Hofland on his new team; Edward Theuns calls the 2017 season ‘A rehabilitation year’; Aqua Blue Sport names roster for inaugural race; Androni-Giocattoli gets ProContinental license from UCI, no word on TJ Sport; Video shows Britain’s transport secretary dooring cyclist; Stölting Service Group team folds; NFTO closes after no replacement sponsor found; Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium; Top Irish track rider Caroline Ryan retires; UCI Cyclcross World Championships teaser.
The Stölting Service Group team will close after this season, as team owners decided not to step-down to the Continental level from ProContinental. The team spent two years as ProContinental after a failed merger with the Danish Cult Energy team resulted in the company funding the team entirely on its own.
Gerald Ciolek (left) is searching for a new team after Stölting Service Group closes its doors.
“It was important for us to give our riders the opportunity to look around as early as possible and not to wait,” said team manager Christian Große Kreul.
“Whether we returned to Continental status, or completely withdrawing, it would make no difference for these high-class riders.”
The bulk of the riders have secured contracts with other teams, but Germans Gerald Ciolek and Linus Gerdemann are yet to announce their 2017 plans. Große Kreul said he has no immediate plans to return to cycling, but would not rule it out entirely.
“As an owner-run family business, Stölting is always capable and able to take quick decisions again towards cycling. For the foreseeable future, however, a return to this sport is not planned. However, I do not exclude anything. We now have the knowledge and are always ready for a surprise.”
Click through to read more at West Deutsche Allgemeine.