A week before the Tour of Lombardy, Team Gerolsteiner will head to two races in Italy. On Saturday, the team will start the 89th Giro dell'Emilia, and on Sunday the GP Beghelli. Heading into these two races, director sportif Christian Wegmann expressed his confidence in the team, saying, "We're very well prepared. If everything goes well, we should have at least one rider on the podium".
Wegmann will be counting on his brother Fabian as well as Davide Rebellin to lead the team. In both races, it will be important for them to ride near the front, "We need to be safe going into Lombardy, but if either Fabian or David find themselves on a good wheel, they will try for a good result. Both are in good form, and both courses are particularly good for them."
The two Gerolsteiner riders proved their form to be good on a similar course in the Züri Metzgete earlier this month, where Rebellin was third and Wegmann eleventh. They've also shown that the courses in Italy suit their abilities. Rebellin was fourth at last year's Giro dell'Emilia, and Wegmann fourth at the 2005 GP Beghelli. Rebellin and Wegmann will be supported by Torsten Hiekmann, Andrea Moletta, Matthias Russ, Georg Totschnig, Beat Zberg and stagiaire Johannes Fröhlinger.