Andreas Klöden was to meet his new Astana teammates for the first time last week at the team's U.S. training camp, but he got off to a rocky start. He arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a fever and went straight to bed, where he stayed until mid-day Friday. By Friday evening he was feeling well enough to eat with his team-mates and was expected to go out on a light training ride with the others on Saturday. The German would ride for about one hour, while the rest of the team put in four hours.
Team spokesman Philippe Maertens told Cyclingnews that the team isn't worried about the slender German, as "he already looked good yesterday [Friday] evening, when he finally got to make his first acquaintance with the new team."