Hoj leaves CSC for GerolsteinerClose
Procycling columnist Frank Hoj is set to leave Team CSC after just one season to, somewhat reluctantPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Procycling columnist Frank Hoj will be giving his unique perspective on the pro scene from within a new team next season. His current employers at CSC announced today that the popular Dane has agreed to sign a two-year contract with German team Gerolsteiner. "I would've preferred to stay at Team CSC, no doubt about that, it's been my priority all along. I've improved tremendously during this season, and I'll definitely take a lot of the things I've learned here with me," said Hoj. "Obviously it's a shame that we're not able to keep Frank. He's been a good rider for us and has developed a lot this season," said CSC team boss Bjarne Riis. "It's been a pleasure working with Frank, and on behalf of Team CSC I would like to wish him the best of luck with his new team next season. We still haven't landed a co-sponsor, which makes us incapable of matching Gerolsteiner's offer, and we just have to accept this fact. I'm still very optimistic and confident, we'll be able to complete all our contracts for next season very soon." Hoj told procycling at the end of last week that he had received an offer from Gerolsteiner and that CSC had until tomorrow (Wednesday) to match or improve on it. There was further bad news for CSC when it was revealed that they will have to do without Andrea Peron in the final races of the season. On Monday the Italian rider crashed during a training session, and the X-rays showed a broken left hand. "Coming down a descent I crashed in a turn. I wasn't going very fast, as I'd noticed the road was a bit wet, but I lost control and landed on my left hand," Peron explained. "It makes me sad that I won't be able to participate in the last few races. I wasn't in bad shape and would've liked to help the team in the last important week in Italy. I was also determined to defend my victory last year in Firenze-Pistoia. That's not going to happen, and instead I'd have to take a break and look forward to next year."