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Katusha add Rund um den Finanzplatz to schedule

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Fabian Wegmann (Team Milram) milks the celebrations after beating Karsten Kroon in a sprint.

Fabian Wegmann (Team Milram) milks the celebrations after beating Karsten Kroon in a sprint.
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Kim Kirchen (Katusha)

Kim Kirchen (Katusha) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Four ProTour teams will be at the start of Rund um den Finanzplatz on May 1 in Frankfurt, Germany. This week, Katusha was confirmed as the latest squad to be added to the start list of the race formerly known as Rund um den Henninger Turm.

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Katusha, like the other ProTour teams, will bring a strong squad to the German race, with Kim Kirchen, Serguei Ivanov, Robbie McEwen and Filippo Pozzato all expected to start.

The other three ProTour teams are Milram, HTC-Columbia and Rabobank. Milram will present not only defending champion Fabian Wegmann, but also Linus Gerdemann. Top sprinter Andre Greipel will lead HTC-Columbia, and the US-team will also feature local rider Tony Martin.

Eight Professional Continental teams will also ride: Vorarlberg-Corratec, Landbouwkrediet, Topsport-Vlaanderen, Colnago CSF Inox, Skil-Shimano, Vacansoleil, CCC Polsat Polkowice, and Saur-Sojasun. The field will be completed by German Continental teams LKT Team Brandenburg, Seven Stones, Team Heizomat, Team Kuota Indeland, Team NetApp and Team Nutrixxion Sparkasse.

Race organiser Bernd Moos-Achenbach was extremely satisfied with the squads that will line up for his race next week. "We have top riders from top teams at the start - they'll guarantee the fans a great race."

Last year's edition of the race - then called Eschborn-Frankfurt - was won by Fabian Wegmann (Milram) in a two-man sprint with Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank).

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