By Susan Westemeyer
The Bundes Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR, German cycling federation) has announced its preliminary squad for the upcoming World Championships in Salzburg, Austria, September 19 to 24. The list of 21 riders is led by Tour de France third place finisher Andreas Klöden. Nine riders will go to the start for Germany in the road race, and two in the time trial.
Sprinter Erik Zabel is among the nominees, although he is considered to have little chance on the hilly course.
The BDR nominees are: Robert Förster, Markus Fothen, David Kopp, Sebastian Lang, Michael Rich, Ronny Scholz, Stefan Schumacher, Fabian Wegmann (all Gerolsteiner), Linus Gerdemann, Matthias Kessler, Andreas Klier, Andreas Klöden, Olaf Pollack, Stephan Schreck, Patrik Sinkewitz (all T-Mobile), Christian Knees, Björn Schröder, Erik Zabel (Milram), Marcel Sieberg (Wiesenhof), Jens Voigt (CSC), Bert Grabsch (Phonak).