Gerolsteiner's Fabian Wegmann will be riding for Germany in the World's road race, but won't see the course until he arrives in Salzburg Thursday. "Why Why drive yourself crazy and check the course out a half a year early?" he asks. "I'll have enough time to make my own picture of the course. During the race itself we'll see it a total of 12 times anyway! When you've ridden it two or three times and pay attention, then you basically now everything you need to know."
He compares the race to a classics race. "You need extremely good staying power to come over the mammoth distance (270 km), but at the same time you have to be fresh for the climbs. That's why I trained long distances last week and will dedicate myself this week to intensive unit training. 'Intensive,' that basically means interval training. Not just rolling along somewhere, but really going to the limit on climbs. I'm so exhausted when I return from training in the Black Forest that I have to hit the bed for an hour or so." (www.fabianwegmann.de)