Robert Förster and Davide Rebellin will lead a young Gerolsteiner team on the trip around Italy this year. Five of the riders are 24 years old or younger, and three are making their Grand Tour debut.
Förster, who won the prestigious final stage in Milan last year, "is clearly our man for the sprint finishes," said director sportif Christian Henn. Rebellin, riding his 11th Giro, will be captain of the team in his homeland. "Davide has surely picked out a stage or two. It is very special for him to start this race in Italy as the lead rider in the ProTour," according to Henn.
The team's man for the overall GC could be Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg, a climbing specialist.
Gerolsteiner for the Giro: Robert Förster, Davide Rebellin, Thomas Fothen, Oscar Gatto, Tim Klinger, Volker Ordowski, Matthias Russ, Sven Krauss, and Oliver Zaugg.