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Giro Team Talk 6 - Gerolsteiner
By Podofdonny
Date: 5/9/2002
Giro Team Talk 6 - Gerolsteiner


61. Daniele Contrini (Ita)

62. Gianni Faresin (Ita)

63. René Haselbacher (Aut)

64. Ellis Rastelli (Ita)

65. Davide Rebellin (Ita)

66. Saulius Ruskys (Lit)

67. Torsten Schmidt (Ger)

68. Georg Totschnig (Aut)

69. Peter Wrolich (Aut)

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Davide Rebellin, a rider rarely out of the UCI top ten rankings in recent years comes to this race, rather strangely, not as team leader but as potential stage winner. The ambitious Gerolsteiner team, short on success until the incredible exploits of Olaf Pollack in the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt, look to George Totschnig, the Austrian Tour specialist to lead the team.

The former Telekom rider and three times winner of the Austrian time trial championship, who finished 20th in the 1999 Tour de France, has plenty of experience in the Giro.

Georg summed up his prospects "I have already been 9th and 13th in this race. I am looking for a similar position this year, but if things do go well for the team I think I can improve."

Team manager Holczer summed up the Teams policy "Davide Rebellin has worn the pink jersey before. So far this season he has had nothing but ill health and bad luck. The team will ride with him, we have no choice on that matter, it is the Giro and our Italian team members are super motivated. When the going gets tough the team will be ready to support him. As all-rounders we have Torsten Schmidt from Schwelm and two Austrians Peter Wrolich and Rene Haselbacher, all three have been strong this season so there were no selection problems in choosing them for the Giro, but they are not only helpers: they also have their own good chances of respectable stage results. Speaking of good results, our Italian Legionaires are more than capable: Gianni Faresin, Daniele Contrini and Ellis Rastelli (who won the opening stage of the Giro last year) will ride the Giro as only Italians can - one really doesn?t need to add to that statement."

"However, when it comes to a sprint finish, which many experts expect the first stage in Munster to be, the Gerolsteiner team are trusting Saulius Ruskys. The Lithuanian could well win some stages this year. He has shown he can compete with the best when he beat Tom Steels in the three days of De Panne at the beginning of April, and we have high expectations from him."

So a confident Holczer regards his team.

Daily Peloton "in the pink" rating 7.5 out of ten.

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