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Saturday, December 26, 2020

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Rolf Aldag is joining Team Bahrain Victorious as a Sports Director for the 2021 UCI WorldTour season

Editor's note: Aldag raced as a pro from 1992 to 2005, notably for Team Telekom 1993 - 2005. In 2007 he admitted to taking EPO from 1995 to 2009. From 2015 to 2019 he was performance manager for Team MTN-Qhubeka before moving on to Canyon/SRAM in 2020.

Here is the press release from the Bahrain team:

The 52-year-old Aldag joins the team with a wealth of experience, who raced in the Pro Peloton for over 15 years starting with Helvetia – La Suisse, and later with Team Telekom. Along with his professional racing background, Rolf worked in similar roles as Sports Director with Canyon-Sram in the UCI Women’s WorldTour and Head of Performance at MTN-Qhubeka.

Rolf Aldag

Rolf Aldag racing in the 2004 German time trial championships.

Rolf is excited about the new role. “The Team showed a lot of fighting spirit and raced in a very structured way, during the complicated 2020 season. That was very attractive to me and raised my attention. When the opportunity came to be part of this team, I didn’t hesitate. Now I am looking forward to contributing to the future success. I’m happy to join the team because it offers a lot of opportunities and riders with big potential. I’m looking forward to helping develop the riders and contribute to the team’s success. Team Bahrain Victorious is a team that managed to make positive structural changes during a challenging 2020 season. Therefore I am happy to get the chance to join the team to help build future success.”

A spokesperson from the team commented “We are delighted to secure Rolf as a Sports Director for the team. He brings great experience leading races and development projects. Rolf also has a great eye for scouting and discovering young talent along with experience in developing the team’s technical department, which is proven through his previous roles.”

Israel Start-Up Nation says farewell to seven riders

Here’s the team’s announcement:

Those aren’t just names for us – they are members of the ISN family. They’ve gone all out, putting their heart and souls on the line for the team, race in and race out since joining us.

Now they depart. Some are going to other teams. Some are still looking for an opportunity. Sure, there are traces of pain and disappointment left behind – totally understandable. But, in the end, we will cherish the great moments and wish them the best.

Mikhel Raim

Mihkel Raim wins stage two in the 2018 Castilla-Leon race. He is among the seven who will no longer be wearing Israel Start-Up Nation colors.

Thanks for everything, guys.

Mihkel Raim
Patrick Schelling
Dani Navarro
Rory Sutherland
Travis McCabe
Matteo Badilatti

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