Voigt to lead CSC in Rund um Köln

Jens Voigt will lead Team CSC at the Rund um Köln later this month. The race organizers on Friday announced that CSC was the fourth ProTour team to agree to ride the race, along with Milram, Gerolsteiner and High Road.

"Of course we are happy that Jens Voigt will be at the start of our 100th anniversary," said Alexander Donike, the race's technical director. "In the coming days we will announce other teams. In spite of all the financial difficulties in organizing our classic race, we hope to have some prominent names."

He speculated that the race's new route would appeal to the breakaway specialist Voigt. "Because of the high cost, we we were forced to not ride the closing lap on the Rhine bridge. So we ride directly into the finish, which will help a breakaway."

"CSC is fully built around its captain Jens Voigt," he continued. "Team manager Bjarne Riis is even leaving his sprinter, last year's winner Juan Jose Haedo, at home."

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