Andreas Klöden will race the four-day, 566km Tour de l'Ain starting Sunday, August 10 in Lagnieu as preparation for the Tour of Germany in two weeks' time according to the AFP. As a former Tour de France podium visitor, he and German compatriot Linus Gerdemann are the favorites along with winner of the 2007 edition Frenchman John Gadret.
The French will pin their hopes on climber Rémy Di Gregorio and young European champion Cyril Breton Gauthier as well as David Moncoutie who will replace his Cofidis team-mate Belgian Rik Verbrugghe, after he crashed and broke his collarbone in the Clasica San Sebastian last Sunday.
In total 19 teams of six racers are expected. New for 2008 will be an 8.8km time trial in Saint-Genis-Pouilly.
Teams for Tour de L'Ain: AG2R La Mondiale, Astana, Bouygues Telecom, Caisse d'Epargne, Cofidis, Crédit Agricole, Française des Jeux, Gerolsteiner, Columbia, Silence Lotto, Agritubel, Skil Shimano, A styl Somn, Auber 93, Bretagne Armor lux, Rabobank, Roubaix Lille Métropole, Pezula Racing, Steg Computer.