Only one week after Alexander Vinokourov's victory at Liege-Bastogne- Liege, T-Mobile will hunt for another important win at the "Rund um den Henninger Turm" one-day race in Frankfurt, Germany, where Erik Zabel will be the squad's leader. "We will be expected to control the race. As German ProTour teams, the load will be shared on our shoulders and Gerolsteiner's," said T-Mobile sports director Mario Kummer, who is hoping that the team can notch up its first win on home turf this season.
Joining Zabel in the line-up are Matthias Kessler, Tobias Steinhauser and the Spaniard Paco Lara, whose climbing prowess will be put to good use supporting Zabel over the rolling hills of the Taunus region around Frankfurt. Also participating are Steffen Wesemann, Bram Schmitz, neo-pro Marcus Burghardt and local Christian Werner. "Even without some of our leading riders, such as Vino and Rolf Aldag, we have enough quality in the team to ride for the victory," Kummer added.
"The smaller German teams, like Wiesenhof and Lamonta, always want to mix it at the big traditional races," Erik Zabel commented. "I have ridden this race a dozen times as a pro. It's the toughest one-day race in Germany." The 206 km race is selective, as the peloton will tackle countless leg-breaking climbs, of which the short but sharp Mammolsheimer Berg is the hardest and a guarantee to split the field into pieces. The riders tackle this climb twice before riding into Frankfurt where they complete three laps of a five kilometre city circuit