Wegmann and Bandiera announce retirement, Bardiani adds Taiwanese sponsor – News Shorts

Fabian Wegmann, who closed out 2016 with Stölting Service Group, and Marco Bandiera, finishing his third season with the Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec organisation, are retiring from professional cycling. They join Belgium’s Geert Dockx – who announced Tuesday that he was hanging up his cleats – and a host of other notables retiring this year.

Wegmann, 36, announced his retirement in a press release on Wednesday morning. The winner of multiple German national road titles and king of the mountains in the 2004 Giro d’Italia, Wegmann collected a number of one-days and stage victories over the course of his career. He spent more than a decade as a pro, riding for the Gerolsteiner, Milram, Leopard Trek, and Garmin organisations before his final two years with Cult and Stölting.

“Retirement gives me a mix of sadness and excitement as I have committed the past 15 years to the sport, but there’s a lot to look forward to from now with new goals and ambitions,” Wegmann said via the statement.

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“I’ve been fortunate to race some of the biggest and best races around the world and have gained a lot of experience from the sport. I’m now ready to give something back, and to put what I know into new challenges.”

Bandiera revealed his decision to retire from the road in an interview with tuttobiciweb.it. The 32-year-old Italian said that he had hoped to continue into next season, but had been unable to find a spot on a team. Bandiera rode variously for Lampre, Katusha, Quick-Step, and IAM before joining Androni, with a Tour of Turkey mountains classification title and a few WorldTour top 10s as his biggest career results.

Fabian Wegmann (Stölting Service Group)

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