Team Gerolsteiner will look for stage wins in the Vuelta a España from stars Davide Rebellin and Stefan Schumacher, with Swiss climber Oliver Zaugg keeping an eye on the overall. It is sending a mixed team of young and old, with four nationalities represented.
Mathias Frank, 21, is a Swiss rider making his Grand Tour debut, while 37 year-old Davide Rebellin is starting his fifth Vuelta and 17th Grand Tour. Domestique Stephan Schreck has the most experience in the Vuelta, having ridden it five times already. Heinrich Haussler is the only one in the line-up to boast of a Vuelta stage win.
Zaugg, 27, finished 15th overall in the Vuelta last year. After missing the Tour de France this summer due to illness, he will look to do his best in the Spanish mountain stages – the Vuelta features five mountaintop finishes.
Gerolsteiner for the Vuelta: Mathias Frank, Oscar Gatto, Heinrich Haussler, Sebastian Lang, Davide Rebellin, Stephan Schreck, Stefan Schumacher, Tom Stamsnijder and Oliver Zaugg. (SW)