By Susan Westemeyer
The GP Triberg-Schwarzwald will be shorter this year, 139 kilometres instead of 162, the race organizer announced. The German race is to be held June 9.
Previously the professionals had to go seven laps around the round course, but this year it will be only six. "At the Grand Prix 2006 a representative of the UCI, who is also president of the race jury, said that the race is very, very hard," race organizer Rick Sauser told the Südkurier.de. "We took his advice and after thinking about it a long time, decided to shorten the race."
Sauser sees no negative effect on his race from the recent doping scandals. "To the contrary, we have more applications than ever." He will also not discriminate against riders who may have been named in the doping scandals, saying, "Anyone who has a UCI license can start here."