Team Wiesenhof-Felt had to scramble a bit to come up with a team for the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt, which starts Wednesday in Koblenz, Germany. Thorsten Schmidt, who lives in Bad Neunahr, the start of the final stage, will lead the team.
Wiesenhof has to do without Baas Giling, who had 28 stitches in his face following a crash in the Four Days in Dunkirk. Peter Velits will not be able to appear because he has come down with the flu. Both Stefan Van Dijk and Olaf Pollack are recovering from injuries and not ready to race again. Many of the other riders rode a full spring program and are now resting.
Wiesenhof for Rheinland-Pfalz: Robert Retschke, Steffen Radochla, Robert Wagner, Torsten Schmidt, Jörg Ludewig, Daniel Musiol, Christian Leben and Artur Gajek.
Team Volksbank is sending a mixed team of veterans and youngsters to the race. "The boys should show what they have," said Patrick Vetsch, Directeur Sportif. "I don't have any great expectations but can't wait to see how they will do."
Team Volksbank for : Mariusz Witecki, Rene Weissinger, Sven Teutenberg, Florian Stalder, Patrick Riedesser, Josef Benetseder, Philipp Ludescher, Chhristian Pömer.