T-Mobile ready for classics openers

T-Mobile's classics specialists Andreas Klier and Steffen Wesemann will get their first real form...

T-Mobile's classics specialists Andreas Klier and Steffen Wesemann will get their first real form test under race conditions for the spring classics with Belgian half-classics Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne this weekend (February 25 and 26). T-Mobile sport and technical director Mario Kummer expects his riders to "ride at the front and control the race tempo", adding that, "These race are an important indicator of how the rest of the classics season is likely to pan out."

Lorenzo Bernucci, Daniele Nardello, Sergey Ivanov and young talent Marcus Burghart will also spearhead T-Mobile's classics campaign, with Burghart showing solid form at the Ruta del Sol and Volta ao Algarve. Stephan Schreck and Jörg Ludewig round out the T-Mobile crew for this weekend's racing, and T-Mobile sporting director Valerio Piva rates Saturday's Het Volk as a particularly good indication of what's in store for the classics. "The demanding Muur and Oude Kwaremont climbs also feature in the Tour of Flanders and are sure to shake things up in the field," he said before adding, "Rain, cold, snow - the race is a real test of strength. There is nowhere to hide and it shows who has worked the hardest in training."

T-Mobile's line-up for Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne: Andreas Klier, Steffen Wesemann, Lorenzo Bernucci, Daniele Nardello, Sergey Ivanov, Marcus Burghart, Stephan Schreck, Jörg Ludewig. Directeur sportif: Valerio Piva

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