German team Gerolsteiner has announced its line-up in the neighbouring Tour de Suisse starting this Saturday in Baden. Team manager Hans-Michael Holczer has high hopes for his squad in the mountain challenge, especially for team leader Beat Zberg, who just won the GP Gippingen last Sunday. "Beat is in excellent shape," said Holczer. "He can surely lay an eye on the general classification."
Beat Zberg and his brother Markus will be accompanied by fellow Swiss teammates Sven Montgomery and Marcel Strauss, as well as German Markus Fothen and Austrians René Haselbacher and Georg Totschnig. While Haselbacher will want to prove himself in the first four stages, possibly ending in sprint finishes, both Fothen and Totschnig are gearing up to be worthy of their Tour de France selection.
"They will surely try and get their nose into the wind," added Holczer.
Belgian outfit Quick.Step-Innergetic has also released the names of those riders participating in the 1528.4 km stage race in Switzerland. Paolo Bettini, Tom Boonen, Steven De Jongh, Nick Nuyens, Hubert Schwab, Bram Tankink, Matteo Tosatto and Geert Verheyen will be defending the blue colours of the team led by Wilfried Peeters.