Gerolsteiner's double hopes - two captains, two goals

A top ten finish, or a stage win? Actually, Gerolsteiner Team Manager Hans-Micheal Holczer would be happy to take both. "Of course we dream of a stage win but for that you need a little luck, and you can't always count on that. On the other hand, in the last two years we have had a rider in the top ten overall. I would like to see that, too," he said.

The team is going with two-pronged offence, with Levi Leipheimer and Georg Totschnig as equal captains. "Both are in the running for a top ten placing," according to Holczer. Leipheimer may have the better chance, having just won the Dauphiné Libéré. "Levi says that he can come close to the podium. I certainly don't want to contradict him. But he knows very well that everything has to work out just right in these three weeks. We want to take care of that." He wishes the American well, saying, "The closer to the podium, the better."

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