Erik Zabel is testing World Championship leg in Stuttgart: This leg is fair and good

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17.08.2006/ The starting signal was given with delay: While there was pouring down the rain, four German Top-riders were climbing on their bikes to test the route of the UCI road-race championship 2007. The MILRAM riders Erik Zabel and Christian Knees as well as Stefan Schumacher and Markus Fothen (both Team Gerolsteiner) and their Team manager Hans Holczer did not miss the occasion to examine the route.

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Erik Zabel in the yellow jersey during the Deutschland.Tour (picture: Cyclingheroes)

After the five riders examined the leg over 19,1 kilometers, that the riders will have to ride 14 times (over 267 kilometers) next year, the riders payed respect to the leg.
"This climb is aching quite hard in my legs" stated Schumacher regarding the 700 m long climb Herdweg with an increase of thirteen percents". "Here, there will be the most breaks and in the last legs the wheat will separate from the chaff here", also thinks Markus Fothen.
Hans Holczer carefully predicts a decision in the final sprint, because on the more flat parts delays can be recovered again.
Erik Zabel really likes the second part of the leg: "The round is fair and good."

Also Rolf Schneider, secretary general of the cycling World Championship 2007 (25th to 30th September), is very content: "I believe, that we really found the right mixture with challenging climbs and a risk that is not too demanding." Thanks to the interesting profile, the audience wil have a lot to see.
Escapers will try a lot - and give their best", promises Gerolsteiner Team Manager Holczer. The riders only have one wish for 2007: " a better weather situation".

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