By Susan Westemeyer
The Dauphiné Libéré, the Tour de Suisse, even the Tour de France - these are all secondary sporting events in Germany right now. The burning question is actually: Who will win the World Cup? The world's football championship is being hosted by Germany this year, and the German ProTour teams are naturally eager to voice their opinions as to who the eventual winner will be. Who the German riders want to win is obvious: the home team. But who do they think actually will win? Brazil.
Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile informally polled their teams. The Germans Olaf Pollack, Hans-Michael Holczer, Christian Henn, Markus Fothen, Stefan Schumacher and Robert Förster all pick Brazil as the likely winner, as do the Italian Giuseppe Guerini and the Swiss riders Beat Zberg and Sven Montgomery. Mick Rogers' heart beats for his home team of Australia, and the Netherlands' Bas Giling roots for the Orange team. Austrian Peter Wrolich, with no national team in the World Cup to cheer for, looks for Argentina or England to win.
And who says that women don't understand football? Judith Arndt is the only one who has picked the real winner: "The best team, because in football you are only successful as a team. Just like in cycling."