Skil-Shimano release statement on Wallaard’s death, Liberty add 29th rider to their roster, Deutschl
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The Skil-Shimano team have posted a statement on their website following the death of Dutch rider Arno Wallaard on Wednesday. Signed by Skil Europe president Gerhard Kobesen and marketing director Robert de Rooij, the statement says: “We were very sorry to hear the sad news of Arno Wallaard’s premature death on Wednesday morning. In the short time we have known Arno we have found him to be an open, cheerful young man and a driven sportsperson. Arno was only 26 years old.
“Arno was important to the atmosphere in the team due to his sense of humour and candidness. Skil-Shimano gave Arno his first professional contract this season and Arno was fired up to show his worth as a rider. The season began unhappily for him, however, as he was diagnosed with a hernia. Surgery was scheduled for 10 March. Arno was looking forward to completing his rehab and achieving all of his ambitions in the sport he loved. Unfortunately, he will not have the chance to do that.
“Our thoughts are with Arno’s parents, his sister and brother, his partner, and the rest of his family and friends. We would also like to wish his team-mates, team leaders and team management the strength they need to get them through this difficult time.” Readers can leave their messages of condolence at the Skil-Shimano team’s website.
– Liberty Seguros have added a 29th rider to their roster, Assan Bazayev. The Kazakh’s debut for his new team will be delayed until his personal documentation has been sorted out.
– The German Wiesenhof-Akud team and the Austrian Volksbank team have been given wild cards to August’s Tour of Germany, where they will line up against the 20 ProTour squads.