Gerald Ciolek has won two sprint stages in a row in the Deutschland Tour and will look to continue his winning ways Sunday in the Vattenfall Cyclassics race in Hamburg — if it comes down to a sprint finish. And if it doesn't, T-Mobile Team has other riders who might take a place on the final podium.
"Ciolek is our trump card in a sprint situation but he's not our only option in the race," said Directeur Sportif Jan Schaffrath. "In Adam Hansen, Lorenzo Bernucci and also Thomas Ziegler, we have riders who can inject the necessary tempo and are capable of getting into the right breakaway groups."
Ciolek, Bernucci, Marco Pinotti and Ziegler will travel north together from the Deutschland Tour for the race. They will be joined there by Marcus Burghardt, Bernhard Eisel, Hansen, and Stephan Schreck.
The other German ProTour team, Gerolsteiner, will look to Davide Rebellin and German national champion Fabian Wegmann. Both have done well there in the past, with the Italian finishing in the top six from 2002 to 2005.
Gerolsteiner will send Johannes Fröhlinger, Heinrich Haussler, Tim Klinger, David Kopp, Volker Ordowski, Davide Rebellin, Fabian Wegmann and Peter Wrolich.