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Giro d'Italia - Gerolsteiner Team Preview
By Staff
Date: 5/11/2007
Giro d'Italia - Gerolsteiner Team Preview

Giro d'Italia - Gerolsteiner Team Preview
Pro Tour Leader Davide Rebellin leads the "water boys" of Team Gerolsteiner with a team with a few surprises in the hunt for stage wins and who knows maybe a top placing in the G.C.?

By: Andrew Kappes

Pro Tour leader Davide Rebellin will lead his Gerolsteiner squad into this year's Giro D'Italia. He is having a spectacular season so far, winning Fleche Wallone, finishing second at Paris-Nice, and finishing second at Amstel Gold. He will always be remembered for what he did in 2004, winning the Ardennes triple, Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone, and Liege-Bastogne-Liege on his way to victory in the World Cup.

Vittoria David Rebellin in a return to glory in the race he won in 2004.
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

The aging Rebellin has already answered his critics that said he was to old, but I don't think an overall win is in the cards for Rebellin. However, a stage win is very likely if his early season form is any indication.

Robert Forster, Maximiliano Richeze, Olaf Pollack and Paolo Bettini gesturing  "ala Fonzerelli... 'eh' " cross the finish in the final sprint on Stage 21 in Milan. Photo c. Fotoreporter Serotti

Robert Förster will lead the Gerolsteiner sprint at this year's Giro. Förster already knows what it takes to win a stage in the Giro, he won a Stage 21 taking the line honors as the race finished in Milano. 2006 was a breakout year for the 29-year old German, in addition to his Giro Stage win, he won a stage in the Circuit de la Sarthe, two stages at the Danmark Rundt, and a stage at the Vuelta a Espana.

Team Gerolsteiner Giro d'Italia Squad
141  Davide Rebellin Italy
142  Robert Forster  Germany
143  Thomas Fothen  Germany
144  Oscar Gatto  Italy
145  Tim Klinger  Germany
146  Sven Krauss Germany
147  Volker Ordowski  Germany
148  Matthias Russ  Germany
149  Oliver Zaugg  Switzerland

Young Sven Krauss will provide Gerolsteiner with some bright youth at this year's Giro. The 24-year old got his Pro Tour win when he rode on the squad that won the 2005 Eindhoven Team Time Trial. Krauss already has a Giro campaign underneath his belt, and with Rebellin as captain, this could be a good learning experience for the young German rider.

Lacking a true Maglia Rosa contender, this diverse Gerolsteiner squad will be looking for stage wins and maybe a good sprint campaign for Robert Förster. Rebellin has surprised us all so far this season, and he could very well do it again with a stage victory at the Giro; but what other surprises the team may have in store we can only watch and see.  
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