Organisers of the German LuK Challenge, a pair time trial to be held on July 29, 2006, have announced that their rider entry list is finalised. Ten teams of two will take on the 77.7km-long course around Bühl after the Tour de France. Quick.Step will be represented by Tom Boonen and Sebastien Rosseler, even though the time trial is not the World Champion's specialty. "We are an international team and our sponsors value a worldwide presence," Patrick Lefévère explained at the LuK Challenge presentation in Germany. "Besides, it's a good opportunity for Tom to gain experience."
Amongst the favourites will clearly be Team CSC's pair of Fabian Cancellara and Ivan Basso. "It depends on the condition," said this year's Paris-Roubaix winner Cancellara. They will be gearing up against another strong pair, Fränk Schleck and Luke Roberts, as well as German track specialists Robert Bartko and Robert Bengsch.