Former Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek and former Tour de France stage winner Linus Gerdemann have both announced their retirements from professional cycling.
Ciolek, 30, won the 2013 edition of Milan-San Remo after getting the better of Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara in the sprint. However, after that triumph he had only four other wins and left MTN-Qhubeka at the end of 2015 and joined the Stölting Service Group squad.
“Gerald will not be underway in the professional peloton this year. For now a return to professional cycling is not planned,” his manager Ken Sommer told Tour magazine.
Ciolek’s former Stölting teammate Linus Gerdemann has also retired from professional cycling. Gerdemann has set up a restaurant with his partner in Mallorca.
Gerdemann came to most people’s attention when he won stage seven of the 2007 Tour de France while riding for T-Mobile and put himself into the yellow jersey.