Sprinters expected to reign in Germany

Sunday's German Championships in Mannheim are expected to suit the sprinters, with a fairly flat circuit of 12 km to be ridden 17 times by the men and 9 by the women. In fact, circuit is almost too kind a word, as the course is basically out and back, including a section along the autobahn. But, it's the riders that make the race, and German national coach Peter Weibel believes that it might be harder than it looks on paper. "If, as forecasted, the conditions are windy then the riders can brace themselves for serious crosswinds. That will split the field to pieces," said Weibel on t-mobile-team.com.

Telekom/T-Mobile have held an iron-like grip on the German Champion's jersey since 1993, and the team's 15 riders are confident that they can keep the German stripes in the magenta camp, with sprinter Erik Zabel likely to be their top man.

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