Gerrit Glomser of Team Volksbank has turned his entire attention this year to the Tour de Suisse, for which his Professional Continental team has received a wild card invitation.
The proposed team for the Tour de Suisse will ride together in several races leading up to the highlight in June, "to optimise our form, harmony and togetherness," according to a team press release.
Glomser plans to ride the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt from May 16 to 20 and the Bayern Rundfahrt from May 20 to June 5. In between, he and teammate Florian Stalder plan to check out the most important portions of the Tour de Suisse course.
The Austrian especially wants to check out the third stage, with its arrival in Nauders, Austria. "The mountaintop finish is the most important for me. It is no secret that I want to do well in my homeland." He also hopes to use this stage to position himself well in the overall GC. "If I'm not near the front, then it's over. Then I could poker with the following stages."
Glomser is putting the Tour de Suisse ahead of the Österreich Rundfahrt this year. "That is not a goal," he said. "The Rundfahrt is good, but a win in the ProTour brings more internationally. My goal is Switzerland. That's what I'm orienting myself on."