Team Ineos registers veteran Cameron Wurf as Kiryienka
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM
Team Ineos acted at lightning speed after the loss of Vasil Kiryienka. The 38-year-old Belarusian announced on Thursday that he would stop immediately because of heart problems. A day later the successor is already there. The British formation has in fact attracted 36-year-old Cameron Wurf.
Kiryienka has been a highly valued force in Team Ineos for years, but the Richmond time trial world champion has been struggling with a heart condition for some time. “It’s a sad day, but it’s the right decision to make, given the team’s medical advice.” Wurf will now take his place.
It turns out: the experienced Australian is registered as a new Team Ineos rider at the UCI international cycling union. Wurf started his career with a few small teams, but made the move to Fuji-Servetto at the end of 2008. The rider only rode one season for the Mauro Gianetti team.
He then played for Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Champion System and Cannondale. Wurf said goodbye to cycling in 2014 and became a triathlete, but was recently spotted at a Team Ineos training camp. It turned out to be a clear signal, because at the age of 36 Wurf can prepare for a return as a professional cyclist.
Debut in Cadel Evans Road Race, focus on Ironman
Wurf will make its debut for Team Ineos next Sunday, when the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is scheduled. The experienced rider will complete multiple races for Team Ineos in the first half of the season, then focus on the most important triathlon race of the year: the Ironman of Hawaii.
This race has been the official world championship for this triathlon distance since 1978. Wurf finished fifth in Kailua last year and wants to take a shot at the title this year. “The big goal is the Ironman, but Cameron also has a flexible agenda and experience at WorldTour level,” says Tim Kerrison, head coach of Team Ineos and the personal trainer of Wurf.
“Cameron will be fully available to the team in the first months of 2020, but we will then support him in his Ironman mission.” Wurf: “I’m focused on the Ironman, but I also want to be employed by the team . I’ve always dreamed of being part of such an organization. “