The Giant-Racing-Team has left its home base in Raubling, Germany, to start the MTB season in Italy at the Trofeo Citta di Brescia on March 5. The line-up of seven riders includes Roel Paulissen and Bart Brentjens, the current leader of the World ranking and the second-placed rider. The Belgian and the Dutchman announced at the team's presentation on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy, that they shared a common goal: To finish the season on top.
Additionally motivated by the bright light of the two stars, the German team members Stefan Sahm and Kochen Kaess already announced several top results at the national Championships, also targeting the "Bundesliga", Germany's national ranking.
Austria's Martin Kraler, a specialist over longer distances, will be aiming for a medal in Lillehammer, Norway, after finishing fourth at the Marathon World Championships in 2004.
Giant-Racing-Team also includes an U23 rider, Rene Tann. The 19 year-old moved from his home to the team's HQ in Raubling to improve his training possibilities and to feel closer to the team. The newcomer is "one of the biggest talents" to be found, according to team director Ralph Denk. The German National's and the U23 World Championships are in the main focus of his preparation.
Last but not least, Dutch rider Thijs Al has also signed with the team, who aims for a top 20 worldwide placing in the next weeks.