German continental team Weisenhof-Akud is looking forward to the pavé and the international competition in Belgium this weekend at Omloop Het Volk. The youngsters on the team not only anticipate the challenge but also have respect for the level of competition. "Boonen, van Petegem and Co. - we'll have to see what we as young racers can do against these world-class riders. We're doing well and will try to do our very best," said Marcel Sieberg.
Directeur Sportif Jochen Henn noted, "A knowledge of the course is very important in this race," and advises his youngsters "to orient themselves on the big name riders when it gets down to business, because they know the pave sections like the backs of their hands. Maybe one of our guys can hang on with them until the end and then win a sprint," he concluded hopefully.
German champion Gerald Ciolek will be making his season debut after finishing his education.
Team Wiesenhof-Akud for Het Volk: Gerald Ciolek, Artur Gajek, Felix Odebrecht, Steffen Radochla, Marcel Sieberg, Lubor Tesar, Lars Wackernagel, Carlo Westphal