Swiss mountain biker Ralph Näf will ride the Regio Tour as a stagiaire for the German Professional Continental Team Wiesenhof-Felt, the team has announced.
The 27 year-old has the same trainer, Thomas Schediwe, as Steffen Wesemann and Peter Velits. The team signed him as a stagiaire at the trainer's request. "The challenging stages should suit him. Maybe he will be good for a surprise. It wouldn't be the first time that a mountain biker does well on the road," said Wiesenhof Directeur Sportif Ronny Lauke.
Näf normally rides for the Multivan Merida Biking Team and he was both world and European champion in the MTB marathon last year. He finished sixth in the Olympic Games in Athens.