German Phonak rider Bert Grabsch feels very proud of being part of his team's Tour de France roster this year. "Never before on the Phonak Cycling Team has it been so difficult to qualify for the Tour de France as it was this year," he explained. "For that reason, being able to participate means even more to me than it did in previous years. I'm happy and proud to be able to take part."
Grabsch is especially looking forward to the 15th stage, from Gap up to the L'Alpe d'Huez, in spite of the fact that he isn't really a climber and knows already that he's going to struggle a lot. "There are more difficult mountains than L'Alpe d'Huez, but its legendary status and the huge crowds give it a great atmosphere," Grabsch continued. "Once again, it's going to be a big spectacle."
Grabsch is hoping for solid teamwork at the Tour de France, "and that everyone on the team is prepared to fight and do their utmost for Floyd Landis." The German rider who now lives on the Swiss side of Lake Constance will be doing exactly that.