Team Gerolsteiner will send an international line-up to its homeland Deutschland Tour, which starts Friday. Eight riders from five nations - Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria - will take on the 1301.9-kilometre race over nine stages. The race itself runs through Germany and parts of Austria.
The team will lead with two candidates for the overall win, Davide Rebellin and Bernhard Kohl. Kohl is especially expected to look forward to the fifth stage that ends with a mountaintop finish in his native Austria. In addition, sprinter Robert Förster will be looking for stage wins.
A second Gerolsteiner squad will be on the road in France this week for the two-day race Paris-Corrèze. The first stage on Wednesday runs 182.6 kilometres from St. Amand Montrond to St. Leonard de Noblat. Thursday's second stage is 159.4 kilometres from Vigeois to Chaumeil.
The Gerolsteiner riders for Deutschland Tour will be Robert Förster, Bernhard Kohl, Sebastian Lang, Davide Rebellin, Matthias Russ, Ronny Scholz, Tom Stamsnijder and Marcus Zberg. For the French Paris-Corrèze Thomas Fothen, Johannes Fröhlinger, Oscar Gatto, Torsten Hiekmann, Tim Klinger, Volker Ordowski, Marcel Strauss and Carlo Westphal will take part.