2013 Monument winner joins Danish squad after leaving MTN-Qhubeka

Gerald Ciolek has announced that he will leave MTN-Qhubeka at the end of 2015 for a new start at Danish squad Cult Energy-Stölting Group, having been unable to secure a new contract with the African team.

The German delivered MTN their biggest win to date in 2013 with victory at the 2013 Milan-San Remo, where he beat Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara into second and third respectively.

There appeared to be no place left for Ciolek at Pro Continental team MTN after they made several marquee signings for 2016, including Britain’s Mark Cavendish, as they transform to Team Dimension Data for next year.

MTN have also signed Bernhard Eisel and Kanstantsin Siutsou from Sky, as well as Cavendish’s Etixx – Quick-Step teammate Mark Renshaw, as they look destined to make the step up to WorldTour status.

The 29-year-old Ciolek featured heavily in MTN’s Classics campaign this year, but will be hoping for more opportunities to lead outright at Cult Energy, who secured their future this year by joining up with Stölting Group as a joint title sponsor.

  • John Senior

    Win wasn’t a fluke – but it wasn’t a standard MSR and GC has never got near that kind of result again – with Cavendish joining there is zero point keeping Ciolek. Possibly not too much point in having Cavendish – he’s definitely on the way down as a sprinter. Given his amazing ride at GB Nationals I’d like to see him have a proper go at winning a cobbled classic.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Amazing you would have thought teams would be queuing up for his services.