‘Circus-Wanty Gobert takes over Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmermann from CCC’
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:48 AM
“We specifically want to strengthen ourselves with climbers,” said team manager Jean-François Bourlart (Circus-Wanty Gobert) yesterday during the announcement of the acquisition of the license from CCC. According to the Walloon media, Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmermann can already sleep on both ears.
With Jan Hirt, Jonas Koch, Pavel Kochetkov, Attila Valter, Ilnur Zakarin and Georg Zimmermann, Team CCC still has six riders who were originally under contract with the Polish team until the end of 2021, but have not yet officially found a new destination. Although it is said in the corridors that Zakkarin can go to Gazprom – Rusvelo and Valter is in the interest of Groupama-FDJ.
In any case, it is not the case that Circus-Wanty Gobert, which announced yesterday that it had bought the license from CCC, will take over these riders at all. But according to Walloon media, Jan Hirt and Georg Zimmermann (photo) would already make the switch. It is no coincidence that Hirt and Zimmermann are two guys who ride well uphill. “Now that we are going to be compelled to do three Grand Tours, we have to specifically look for climbers to strengthen ourselves,” Bourlart said yesterday.
In the meantime, Pieter Vanspeybrouck (33) is said to have extended his contract with Circus-Wanty Gobert. That reports Het Nieuwsblad. The West Flemish has been riding for the Walloon team for four years and recently finished third in a stage in the Tour of Luxembourg. Jan Bakelants is also extending his agreement.
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