Top five or bust?

Since its creation in 1999, German team Gerolsteiner has made steady progress its absolute goal, and...

An interview with Levi Leipheimer

Since its creation in 1999, German team Gerolsteiner has made steady progress its absolute goal, and five seasons later, it is ranked third best team in the world and continues to grow according to this principle. Therefore, at the end of 2004, it seemed only natural to sign a rider with an equally high belief in improvement and one who was ready to use a new environment for further achievements: Levi Leipheimer. At least, that is what is expected of the American, but at the team's presentation in Gerolstein on January 20, Leipheimer gave the impression to Cyclingnews' Hedwig Kröner that he is up to the challenge.

Coming from Dutch team Rabobank, the American didn't want to compare between the two teams yet, but his feelings about Gerolsteiner were very good. "It's very relaxed," he said. "Which is something I was surprised with, to be honest. I expected a very strict organisation which they have; everything runs perfectly. But I also suspected a little rigidity and there is none of that, it's very relaxed."

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