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After Bernhard Kohl's surprising third place in the Dauphiné Libéré, there were some expectations...
After Bernhard Kohl's surprising third place in the Dauphiné Libéré, there were some expectations that the Austrian climber might be nominated for T-Mobile's Tour de France team. But it is not to be - at least this year, as Kohl was instead announced to ride the Tour of Austria. A lot of riders from my team are preparing for the Tour," he said. "I'm in top form, but I've already got a lot of races in my legs."
However, Kohl is looking forward to his homeland tour: "After my performance in France I can't avoid having the role as favourite. If I still have my Dauphiné Libéré form in the first week of July, then the victory should be possible."
Fellow Austrian Gerhard Trampusch of Team Milram will also be looking to do well in the Tour of Austria, as will the five participating Austrian teams. Perhaps the small team with the best chances is Team Volksbank/Vorarlberg, with Gerrit Glomser. "Our goals all depend on Glomser. That's a big risk, because with him you never know - Glomser is always good for a surprise," said team manager Thomas Kofler.