Following a lottery in January, 550 two-person teams from more than 40 countries have been finalized for the 2008 Jeantex Bike TransAlp race from July 19 to 26. Defending champions Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm will push the pedals for another win. Their challengers will include Thomas Nicke and Silvio Wieltschnig of Team Fiat-Rotwild and Alexander Pscheidl and Christian Schneidawind of Team Texpa-Simplon.
On the women's side, Denmark's Noorgard sisters Anna-Sofie and Christin of Team Cube will take on German-French pairing Kerstin Brachtendorf/Daniele Troesch of Fiat Rotwild. Heike Hundertmark and Cube team-mate Uwe Harter are favorites in the mixed category while former Telekom road pro Udo Bölts will ride with Werner Wagner.
The race will start in Fuessen, Germany, and cover 660km over 21,640m of elevation through Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. Stops along the way include Switzerland's Scuol right before entering Italy where the route leads via Livigno, Naturns, Kaltern and Andalo towards the traditional finish town Riva del Garda.
Stage 1: Füssen - Imstl, 80.13km
Stage 2: Imst - Ischgl, 76.4km
Stage 3: Ischgl - Scoul, 75.26km
Stage 4: Scoul - Livigno, 77.16km
Stage 5: Livigno - Naturns, 122.24km
Stage 6: Naturns - Kaltern, 92.26km
Stage 7: Kaltern - Andalo, 74.61km
Stage 8: Andalo - Riva, 62,24 km -
For more information, visit www.bike-transalp.de.