Michiel Elijzen and the sprinters of the Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM met this week for a training camp. In the Rund um Köln on Monday, they hope to profit from their hard work.
The oldest German race, Rund um Kőln, first run in 1908, continues to attract a big field and happy spectators, so even while the Giro d'Italia was going on with the big boys, Pezcyclingnews was there for you in Cologne, drinking Kőlsch on your behalf and taking in the race on Mother's Day 2013.
The German riders of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung face their next big challenge. After the South African Professional Continental team was at the start in Frankfurt the beginning of the month, Rund um Köln (May 15 / UCI 1.1) this coming Sunday is the next German classic on the calendar.
Dennis van Winden will start his first race of the season Sunday. The Blanco Pro Cycling Team rider was out of the running for five months after an operation on a narrowed femoral artery developed complications but will now make his return to the peloton in the Rund Um Köln.