Gerolsteiner and Rabobank have announced their options Sunday in Paris-Roubaix. The German team noted that the 'Hell of the North' is nothing for sprinters, but for escapees and solo winners. It will therefore look to Australian-German rider Heinrich Haussler, who finished ninth in Gent-Wevelgem and 25th the first time he raced Paris-Roubaix in 2005, then only 21 years of age (see feature above). The German ProTour team will also feature Sven Krauss and Sebastian Lang, both of whom had ridden well there in the past.
Gerolsteiner for Paris-Roubaix: Thomas Fothen, Oscar Gatto, Heinrich Haussler, Sven Krauss, Sebastian Lang, Stephan Schreck, Carlo Westphal and Peter Wrolich.
Dutch squad Rabobank will be looking to Juan Antonio Flecha in the Queen Classic. The Spaniard finished second last year, and third in 2006 in the Roubaix velodrome. Flecha will count on the support of Jan Boven, Rick Flens, Matthew Hayman, Pedro Horrillo, Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Leezer and Joost Posthuma.
The team also announced that Boven will be racing his last Roubaix, with his active career ending after next Wednesday's Scheldeprijs. However, Boven will remain true to his team by becoming directeur sportif with immediate effect.