The LuK-Challenge, a pair time trial in Bühl, Germany, on July 30 will feature several international riders that will line up at the start of this Tour de France. Of the 20 pair teams that will compete against the clock in Germany, more than half will have participated in the Tour de France. The organisers of the Challenge have announced Alexandre Vinokourov/Andreas Klöden (T-Mobile) at their event, as well as Jens Voigt/Bobby Julich (CSC).
Further Tour riders also racing the time trial in Bühl are: Joost Posthuma (Rabobank), Luke Roberts (CSC), Michael Rich (Gerolsteiner), Axel Merckx (Davitamon-Lotto) and Michael Rogers/Patrik Sinkewitz (Quickstep) and Paolo Savoldelli/Yaroslav Popovych (Discovery).
At the women's event, Judith Arndt (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung), Sara Carrigan (Van Bemmelen-AA Drink) and Sarah Ulmer (New Zealand) will be amongst the starters.