Germans to race in New Zealand

This year's Armstrong Peugeot Festival of Cycling in New Zealand's Christchurch has received a boost with the announcement German women Britta Martin and Janosch Wintermantel will contest this year's event. Martin is currently training in New Zealand with the Peak Fuel squad, but during the year she races professionally on the European scene for Team Stuttgart. The 19-year-old Wintermantel is tipped as one of Germany's up and coming riders and races professionally for the Under-23 squad Team Bergstrasse.

Both Martin and Wintermantel will race in both the Avanti Long Bays Classic on December 1 and the Armstrong Peugeot City Criterium on December 2. They will face a strong Kiwi field, which so far includes former world junior champion Jeremy Yates and recent Oceania Games medallists Joseph Cooper and Reon Park (Timaru) and New Zealand's professional women's team Jazz Apple, which race in America's NRC series during the 2007 season.

Some 1500 riders from New Zealand, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Germany are expected to compete in this year's festival. The festival's previous winners include world champions Greg Henderson and Katie MacTier, Commonwealth medalist Hayden Roulston and women's Tour de France champion Linda Villumsen.

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