Team Stolting has announced their decision to stop at the end of this season, putting an end to Germany’s only remaining Professional Continental team.
Recall that earlier last year they have revealed their intensions of moving from continental rank to professional continental rank, by co-sponsoring the Cult Energy team. However, in December 2015, the Danish sponsors had gone public with news of withdrawing from both deal and the team, accusing stolting of not fulfilling their part of the deal.
The German firm had denied the accusations and had gone on to be the sole sponsor of the Cult Energy team.
The team has had a rough season this year, and though they had top ranking riders such as Gerald Ciolek, Fabian Wegmann and Linus Gerdemann, they won fewer races.
Adding to their misfortune this year, was the withdrawal of Danish sponsor, and the futile search for a new co-sponsor. This year, the team was composed mostly of Danish and German riders.
The team had earlier this year announced that due to lack of sponsorship, it would drop down to continental level in 2017. However, Christian Grosse Kreul the team’s manager hand earlier last week updated that the team would have to stop at the end of 2017.
He stated that the main reason for ending the team is because, most of the current team riders have moved to new team for the next season. With Mads Pedersen moving on to join Trek-Segafredo and Lennard Kämna, and two others moving up to the World Tour.
Other members of the team who have not secured new teams include; Gerolsteiner, who turned pro in 2002. However, the 36-year old has announced that he would be retiring. 30 year old Ciolek, and 34 years Gerdemann have not yet revealed their intentions for the next season.