Gerolsteiner is looking to repeat its success at the LuK Challenge on Saturday in Germany, if not do better. 2004 and 2005 saw the mineral-water boys taking both second and third place.
"It's difficult to make a prognosis. We have to wait and see how each rider has come through the Tour de France. But we ought to have at least one podium place," says Team Manger Hans-Michael Holczer. The LuK Challenge is a rarity, a two-man team time trial. Gerolsteiner is sending two "teams" and three of the riders were in the Tour de France.
Markus Fothen and Sebastian Lang will be riding together, as will Levi Leipheimer and Stefan Schumacher. "The important thing is that the pairs ride evenly balanced, especially in the last half of the race," says Holczer.
The only one day German Pro Tour race is Sunday in Hamburg, and Gerolsteiner is "going on the start with a strong team." Davide Rebellin will lead the team, after taking a stage win and the overall win in the recent Brixia Tour. In addition, in the last four years he has not finished worse than sixth in Hamburg.
Directeur Sportif Christian Henn has other cards to play, though. "With Fabian Wegmann we have another ace up our sleeves," he said. He notes, too, that it is important that the team do well there "because as a German team we stand more in the spotlight than the others."
Gerolsteiner for Cyclassics: David Kopp, Sven Krauss, Andrea Moletta, Volker Ordowski, Davide Rebellin, Fabian Wegmann, Petre Wrolich, and Markus Zberg.