Team Gerolsteiner is bringing two former winners to the Rund um den Henninger Turm one-day race in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, May 1, and hopes to bring one of them - or a teammate - on the podium again this year. Davide Rebellin, who won in 2003, and Markus Zberg, who won in 2001, will be leading the squad. Zberg, who was third last year, is stepping in for David Kopp, who has come down with bronchitis.
"We're bringing a good team to the start and have an alternative for every possibility," said team manager Hans-Michael Holczer. He sees podium chances not only for the two former winners, but also for youngsters Fabian Wegmann, Stefan Schumacher, and Heinrich Haussler, all of whom have wins this year.
Holczer said he expected "an interesting story", and that the changed route "could make it exciting." The race this year will take the riders more quickly back into Frankfurt after finishing the nine hill climbs, for a few rounds on a city circuit before the finish. "Maybe a small escape group will come through," he said. "We're prepared for everything."
Gerolsteiner sends the following riders to Henninger Turm: Heinrich Haussler, Andrea Moletta, Volker Ordowski, Davide Rebellin, Ronny Scholz, Stefan Schumacher, Fabian Wegmann and Markus Zberg.