German pros trial 2007 Worlds course

By Susan Westemeyer Some of the top German pros have checked out the course for the 2007 World...

By Susan Westemeyer

Some of the top German pros have checked out the course for the 2007 World championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and they agree: it won't be easy.

Milram sprinter Erik Zabel says it right on the limit, "because there were a lot of crashes on some of the stretches when the Deutschland Tour rode over it." "It won't be very easy," said T-Mobile's Linus Gerdemann. "Riders who can climb well do well on this selective course."

Gerolsteiner's Markus Fothen also had an opinion on the course, a 19 kilometre round course which is to be ridden 14 times, for a total of 266 kilometres. "It will certainly be a real challenge. It is a hard but fair course." His teammate Stefan Schumacher called it "a very demanding course, because it constantly goes up and down.

Both Gerdemann and Schumacher were looking forward to a world championship in their home land. "Having the cycling world championship take place at your own front door only happens once in a lifetime," said Schumacher. "For that reason it is my dream to win a medal." According to Gerdemann, "Having the World's in your home land is always something special. I hope that we will have a really strong team on the start."

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