Grischa, are you satisfied with the 2007 season?
Niermann: Of course it was very mixed. I had two fractures last year. First I broke my ankle and later
my fibula. Before christmas I was very sick and was out of action for two weeks. Normally I don't have
a lot of injuries or sickness so that was'n exactly great but still I rode strong at a lot of races. I hope that I will be
more consistent this year. I want to perform well and don't want to drop out because of injuries.
What programm will you race this year?
Niermann: My race programm isn't sure yet. Because I was sick, I won't start at the Tour
Down Under. My season will probebly start at Mallorca in February. Maybe I will ride the Giro and the Tour as a domestique
for Denis Menchov. Its still uncertain at the moment, as a domestique I am not sure that I will be selected for the Tour team.
But at least that is the plan.
You will open a bikestore in Hannover [Germany]....
Niermann: Yes. Together with Thomas Ziegler and Roman Jördens I will open a bikestore at February 1. Thomas
and Roman retired from professional cycling and will take care of daily business at our store and hopefully I will be
able to make some publicity for our store. The whole thing is fantastic! Its an exiting challenge. [More information:
Is it nice to have a German teammate with Paul Martens?
Niermann: Of course. I had Robert Bartko as a teammate for a couple of years and I think its nice to have
a German teammate again with Paul Martens. But I also feel well without a fellow countyman, I speak Dutch fluently.
For Paul its the same. He rode with a Dutch team [Skil-Shimano] as well last year and he also speaks Dutch. I think
we fit in very well with this team. We are not a two men German faction. We are fully integrated
in the team.