German teams opt for youth in Italy

Young riders will lead the two German ProTour teams in the next ProTour race, Italy's...

Young riders will lead the two German ProTour teams in the next ProTour race, Italy's Tirreno-Adriatico. Linus Gerdemann, 24, will be leading the T-Mobile Team, while Gerolsteiner will be spearheaded by 25 year-old Stefan Schumacher.

"Linus is in good shape and he has the potential to make his mark on the GC over the course of this week," said T-Mobile director sportif Valerio Piva.

T-Mobile will also have Bernhard Eisel and Gerald Ciolek onboard for the sprint stages.

"Tirreno-Adriatico was usually something for the sprinters in the last few years, but now all-round qualities are looked for - for example, like those that Stefan Schumacher has," read a Gerolsteiner press release. However, it is still bringing along top sprinter Robert Förster. SW

T-Mobile roster: Lorenzo Bernucci, Gerald Ciolek, Bernhard Eisel, Linus Gerdemann, Kim Kirchen, Andreas Klier, Servais Knaven and Marco Pinotti.

Gerolsteiner roster: Robert Förster, David Kopp, Sven Krauss, Sebastian Lang, Andrea Moletta, Stefan Schumacher, Fabian Wegmann, and Peter Wrolich.

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