March 06, 2007
Michaelsen, Jaksche to retire
CSC's Lars Michaelsen, 38, will retire after Paris-Roubaix next month. Michaelsen won Ghent-Wevelgem in 1995, a stage of the Vuelta in 1997, and a stage of the Tour de Georgia (into Macon) last year, giving him the overall race lead at that point.
Also expected to retire is Jorg Jaksche, unable to find a new team after being named in the Operacíon Puerto investigation. Jaksche, 30, rode for ONCE, CSC, Liberty Seguros, Astana, and two other teams, and has ridden in 6 Tours de France.
He once looked likely to sign with Volksbank, the team that last week signed Jan Ullrich as an adviser, but Eurosport reports that Tour of Germany organizers pressured the team to avoid Jaksche.
He's among 7 riders suing ActiveBay, the management company that ran Liberty Seguros, for back pay.
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