By Susan Westemeyer
Gerolsteiner's Fabian Wegmann can't complain of boredom or lack of opportunities to see the world. After the team presentation in Gerolstein, Germany, the team flew to Mallorca, Spain, for training camp, where they enjoyed good weather most of the time.
"Fortunately this time of year there is nothing much happening on Mallorca, making it easier to concentrate on training," he wrote on his website, www.fabianwegmann.de. "Some of the hotels are boarded up and lots of restaurants, bars and shops are closed."
He was especially happy at the construction of a new highway on the island. Because of it, "the traffic on the other roads has lessened, so that cycling there is more fun and of course, there is less risk of being involved in an auto accident."
He left the Spanish sun to come home to German snow. "Winter 'finally' arrived at home," he noted, "I used the opportunity to get in a couple of kilometres on the cross-country skis, to have a little variety from all the cycling training of the last few months."
Wegmann will continue his journeys by heading across the Atlantic to the Tour of California, hoping that the song It never rains in Southern California will hold true. He warns that fans "shouldn't expect great things from me, but like last year, I will try to do something on one or two stages."
After California he will be off to Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico.