Team Elk Haus-Simplon will also be at the start this weekend in the GP Costa degli Etruschi in Italy, opening its 2007 season. The team will then go to France, where the same line-up will race the Tour Méditerranéen.
Elk Haus will be looking to sprinter Jochen Summer in the Italian race. "I've never ridden this race before but the course is good for me. It's hard to say just where you stand before you even ride your first race, but I feel strong," Summer said.
Thomas Rohregger will be captain at the six-stages race in France. "I won't be riding for GC," he said, "because there is a team time trial, which is new ground for us. But I'll surely try my luck on one or two stages."