23 year-old rising German star Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) is down to compete in the LuK-Challenge paired time trial in Bühl, Germany, on July 30. Fothen recently finished 12th in the Giro d'Italia, an impressive result in his first grand tour. He will be riding the 74.2 km event with his teammate Sebastian Lang, and the pair should be among the front runners. However, their greatest competition may come from within their team, as Michael Rich will be lining up with Uwe Peschel to form a very strong combination. Rich just won the Bayern Rundfahrt and still a very formidable competitor.
T-Mobile has also named two of its star riders, Andreas Klöden and Alexandre Vinokourov, to race in the LuK-Challenge. These two have their sights set on the Tour de France, which finishes a week prior to the LuK-Challenge.