Team Astana is sending its big guns to the Clasica Internacional a los Puertos de Guardarrama in Spain on Sunday. Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer will lead the team there, supported by Dmitriy Muravyev, Daniel Navarro, Sergio Paulinho and Jose Luis Rubuiera. The race is a 146-kilometre circuit around Guadarrama, Spain, which includes six ranked climbs – four Cat. III as well as a Cat. I and a Cat. II.
On Monday, Astana will take on the Grand Prix Ouest-France à Plouay (France) with different riders. The ProTour race goes 229.2 kilometres in the Brittany region. Astana will send Assan Bazayev, Maxim Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Julien Mazet, Gregory Rast, Michael Schär, Tomas Vaitkus and Sergey Yakovlev.
Gerolsteiner will send its national champions Fabian Wegmann (Germany) and Markus Zberg (Switzerland) to Plouay, where they will be supported by Mathias Frank, Sebastian Lang, Matthias Russ, Tom Stamsnijder and Peter Wrolich.
Christian Knees will lead Team Milram in the ProTour race, and the German team will also send Alberto Ongarato, Christian Kux, Martin Müller, Peter Velits, Ralf Grabsch, Sergio Ghisalberti and Volodymyr Diudia.
For Caisse d'Epargne, Anthony Charteau, Imanol Erviti, Pablo Lastras, David López, Fabien Patanchon, Mathieu Perget, José Joaquín Rojas and Rigoberto Uran will take the start in Plouay.(SW)