Team Gerolsteiner has always prided itself on its "family" atmosphere and yesterday by the GP Miguel Indurain it achieved perhaps the ultimate result: Fabian Wegmann won the race under directeur sportif and older brother Christian Wegmann. "That it happened in our very first race together is a huge thing and really great," Christian said. "I'm incredibly happy, especially for Fabian. It was really super of him." The younger Wegmann said dryly, "It's a reason to celebrate, also for my brother Christian, who I experienced today as my DS for the first time. It didn't cause any harm." He added, though, that it was great that his brother was there and "I think tonight we'll open a bottle or two."
On his personal website, Fabian Wegmann said the weather played a large role in his performance. "As soon as it gets warmer, I feel good. (...) I just don't do well when I have to ride so long in rain and cold. With warmth and sun, on the other hand, I can get the last percent out of myself. And that's what happened today."
The Gerolsteiner climber is now looking forward to the coming races. "Until now I had always felt good in my races, but the last little bit was missing. With my first win behind me it will be easier to face the Wallonian classics. The results show that my form is right and gives me self-confidence for Amstel, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. But first we have another race here in the Basque Country with the race of that same name, where I would like to keep on riding like I did today."