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Gerolsteiner: In illness and in health, up l'Alpe

Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner)

Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Fabian Wegmann wasn't sure what to expect from l'Alpe d'Huez, but it turned out not to be as bad as expected. "To be honest: it wore me out, but I've gone up worse mountains."

It wasn't his day, though. The Gerolsteiner rider says that after having a light fever on the rest day, the mountain stage "started amazingly good. In the beginning I was always in the first group, even led it sometimes. Then after being ahead for 30 km, I suddenly had to throw up. I have no idea what was happening with my stomach." After that he settled for fetching water bottles for Levi Leipheimer before he had to fall back into the gruppetto. (

Ronny Scholz, on the other hand, is recovering from his bug. He didn't appreciate the early wake up call though. "The WADA hauled me out of bed at 7:30 a.m. They filled three tubes with blood - that's 100 millilitres. For my teammates and me, that was the second blood check during the Tour. All of them were ok."

Maybe the blood-letting helped him, as he felt better. "My flu is slowly going away. Yesterday I was a lot better than on Sunday." Scholz was even able to enjoy the day's outing. "Because I was in a group that didn't want to go up the mountain so fast, I could really enjoy l'Alpe d'Huez. The public celebrated a huge party on those final 14 kilometres - absolutely crazy!" (

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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