By Bjorn Haake in Frankfurt a.M.
André Korff was out of the action for three months. "I had a herniated disk and I have only been training for three weeks." So the sprinter is unlikely to mix it up in the sprint at the Henninger Turm race. But that doesn't mean Volksbank is without chances if a bigger group comes back to the Darmstädter Landstrasse for the third and final time, on the uphill finish. "We have two good sprinters, with Olaf Pollack and Daniel Musiol. Daniel also can get over the climbs well."
Korff acknowledged that signing the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) agreement was very important "not only for the Henninger Turm, but there are other races in Germany, like the Hamburg Cyclassics and the Deutschlandrundfahrt." Korff is looking forward to those races that he would like to do another time.
The 35 year-old is currently evaluating his career. "I realised this spring that at my age, recovery takes longer, so yes, you think a bit about the end of the career."
However, the sprinters will not be the only option for the Austrian team. Team Manager Thomas Kofler is especially looking towards Swiss Florian Stalder. "He has had a good program so far. He needs a lot of races." And that is exactly the program he followed. "Florian will bring a lot of activity to the race," Kofler was certain that Volksbank will likely to be in the breakaways.
With a few options available, the squad will be looking to make use of their outsider chance. And Stalder has some experience with a high finish. The Swiss finished eighth last year.