Ciolek returns to racing at Driedaagse De Panne
Team MTN-Qhubeka will race VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, a three-day, four-stage event in Belgium from 26–28 March.
Africa’s first ever UCI professional continental team will again be lead by Gerald Ciolek. The race will be the German’s first since his Milan-Sanremo victory.
“I have been back on the bike since Wednesday so I only took two days off after Milan-Sanremo,” Ciolek said.
“I recovered pretty quickly I'd say. I must admit that I didn't celebrate that much either, so I had two relaxing days with my family and friends. Also, I had some really interesting interviews and press meetings.”
Asked if the victory in one of cycling’s Monuments means he will be taking it easy now, he replied, “As always, I try to be in the best possible shape for De Panne. Of course, a victory like MSR provides you with a certain degree of confidence, but then again I know that we should go to the races with the same attitude as before, and don't put too much pressure on the team.
"At the same time, of course I am not going to sit back in the race,” he said with a smile.
The race features three road stages of 199km, 208km and 109km, then endS with an individual time trial over 14,75km.
TEAM MTN-QHUBEKA FOR VDK-DRIEDAAGSE DE PANNE-KOKSIJDE
Andreas Stauff (GER), Bradley Potgieter (RSA), Gerald Ciolek (GER), Martin Reimer (GER), Martin Wesemann (RSA), Youcef Reguigui (ALG), Jani Tewelde (ERI)
Staff: Jens Zemke (Directeur Sportif), Bastian Buffel (Soigneur), Hagen Bernutz (Soigneur), Olaf Warko (Soigneur), Heiko Heinrici (Mechanic)