“Bayern Rundfahrt is a very, very important race for us,“ said sports director Jens Zemke, who while as a rider, won three stages in the race. One of them coming in Sankt Englmar, which this year is the highest point in the race. Ciolek is also the most recent stage winner in Sankt Englmar after he won a spectacular sprint in 2008.
“We are looking good for all the scenarios of the race,“ said Zemke. “Ignatas Konovalovas is our top man for time trials and with Sergio Pardilla we have a first class climber on the team. We will start with our best line-up in Bayern in order to support our project – getting people in Africa onto bikes.“
In addition to Konovalovas who has won a Giro d’Italia time trial and Spanish climber Pardilla, the team will send German’s Martin Reimer and Andreas Stauff. South African champion Jay Thomson and Meron Russom will also strengthen the team. The Eritrian Russom was at the front of the race in Frankfurt much of the day and through his impressive appearance brought the Qhubeka project closer to the general public in Germany.
In Bavaria, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will come up against some strong rivals. A total of 9 teams WorldTour teams will start the event.
The 34th Bayern Rundfahrt begins on Wednesday in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm. From there the race runs over five stages and 755 kilometers from the Hallertau over the Bavarian forest to Nürnberg.
Race information: www.bayern-rundfahrt.com
Intern. Bayern-Rundfahrt (Germany) – (May 22-26 / UCI 2.HC): Andreas Stauff (GER), Gerald Ciolek (GER), Jay Thomson (RSA), Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Martin Reimer (GER), Meron Russom (ERI), Sergio Pardilla (ESP)
Staff: Jens Zemke (Directeur Sportif), Kevin Campbell (Directeur Sportif), Bastian Büffel (Soigneur), Olaf Warko (Soigneur), Hagen Bernutz (Soigneur), Daniele Nieri (Mechanic), Heiko Heinrici (Mechanic), Francesco (Mechanic)