Not every rider can participate in the Tour de France, but there aren't a lot of other races to ride in July. So T-Mobile Team has invited its remaining healthy riders to a training camp in Badenweiler in south-western Germany.
"It's a packed program," says directeur sportif Allan Peiper. "The team has had very good results in recent weeks and this camp offers is a chance to build on that and set a good basis for the rest of the season."
Peiper and fellow directeurs sportif Tristan Hoffman and Jan Schaffrath are running the camp, according to the team's website, t-mobile-team.com, and have divided the 18 riders roughly into two groups: those who rode the Tour of Austria and those preparing for the Sachsen Tour.
"The Tour of Austria riders are starting off with two easy days to ease into it, while the Sachsen Tour riders are starting with four heavy days, then three relatively easy days," said Peiper. "Overall, it's seven full days of training for all the riders."
Also attending the training camp in Edvald Boasson Hagen, the young Norwegian rider who has already signed to join the team next season. "It's a chance for Edvald to mix and train with the riders he will race with next season," according to Peiper. "The camp is short and sweet and it's a good chance for everyone to maintain contact when everybody else is focused on the Tour de France."