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Rolf Aldag to leave Dimension Data at end of season

George Smith
3 Sep 2019

Head of performance departs after four years

Dimension Data have announced that their head of performance, Rolf Aldag, is to leave the team at the end of the season by mutual agreement. The former professional cyclist ends his stay with the team after four years in the role, following similar previous spells at T-Mobile and Omega Pharma-Quickstep.

A statement on Dimension Data’s website described Aldag’s departure as 'an entirely amicable step, mutually decided on with a sense of gratitude for the past and heart-felt wishes of good luck for the respective futures.'

However, given the public clash Aldag had with team manager Doug Ryder over the latter’s decision not to take Mark Cavendish to the Tour de France this year, speculation is mounting over the true nature of events.

Aldag was publically angry after being controversially overruled by Ryder in this decision, disagreeing with his manager who felt that the Manxman was neither in shape nor in form to perform well at the Tour.

The fallout between the pair was so explosive that Aldag refused to deny he had considered quitting then and there, though the former German national champion was soon convinced to stay, albeit temporarily.

In his departure statement Aldag focused on the charitable work the team does, noting that 'the bike handovers to South African kids at training camps in Cape Town will forever be one of the most emotional and memorable moments in my career.'

Before adding, 'I will continue to deeply root for the team’s success in what it hopes to achieve, on and off the bike.'