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Stefan Schumacher (Team Shimano Memory Corp), winner of two German stage races as well as the Dutch Ster Elektrotoer in 2005, has cancelled his participation at the National Championships in Schweinfurt (TT) and Mannheim (RR). After a crash on the first stage of the Ster Elektrotoer, the rider's right knee is infected and badly swollen. Schumacher was one of the favourites for this year's German National road race title.

Team Gerolsteiner is sending the following riders to the road race on Sunday: Markus Fothen, Sebastian Lang, Uwe Peschel, Robert Förster, Heinrich Haussler, Sven Krauss, Volker Ordowski, Michael Rich, Matthias Russ, Torsten Schmidt, Ronny Scholz, Fabian Wegmann and Thomas Ziegler. As for the time trial in Schweinfurt, Gerolsteiner succeeded in finishing first and second with Michael Rich and Uwe Peschel taking top honours. Jens Voigt (CSC) was third.