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28th International Bayern Rundfahrt - 2.HC

Germany, May 30-June 3, 2007

2006 results     Stage List     Preview    Start List     Past winners

The Stages

  • Stage 1 - May 30: Garmisch Partenkirchen - Gundelfingen, 211.1 km
  • Stage 2 - May 31: Gundelfingen - Eichstätt, 187.8 km
  • Stage 3 - June 1: Eichstätt - Kitzingen, 181.1 km
  • Stage 4 - June 2: Einzelzeitfahren Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 24 km
  • Stage 5 - June 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Fürth, 160.7 km

Bayern Rundfahrt one for the flatlanders

By Susan Westemeyer

The Bayern Rundfahrt may sound like a mountain climber's dream, but it is actually a race for the sprinters and time trialers. In fact, former Team Gerolsteiner time trialing ace Michael Rich dominated the race in recent years. Rich will be at the race again this year, but in the team car, acting as Directeur Sportif.

18 teams, including five ProTour teams, will participate in the five-stage race over a hilly, rather than mountainous, course. The ProTour teams will be sending some very big names: Jens Voigt, Andreas Klöden, Stefan Schumacher and Gerald Ciolek, to name a few.

The sentimental favorite has to be Erik Zabel, who last week confessed to having used EPO for a short period in 1996. It was announced only the day before the race started that he would indeed be allowed to continue to ride for his Milram team.

Jens Voigt (CSC) and Andreas Klöden (Astana) are favorites for the overall title, with Voigt having won the race already in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Klöden is using the race as preparation for the upcoming Tour de France.

Gerolsteiner is sending Stefan Schumacher to the race, also as preparation for the Tour, with Fabian Wegmann also a possibilitiy to do well. T-Mobile Team will concentrate on stage wins, counting on youngsters Marcus Burghardt and Gerald Ciolek.

The race organizers have acknowledged the recent doping scandals that have rocked pro cycling in general and German cycling in particular. "We have purposely not included extreme difficulties, such as very long stages or extreme mountaintop finishes," they said. "In this year, the Bayern Rundfahrt is the shortest in its history with 765 km."

The race is also supporting the German cycling Federation's campaign "Bleib sauber - Live clean", in support of a clean sport. In fact, the organizers said, "We decided not to have a commercial sponsor the back numbers for the riders, and have instead given this space to the 'Bleib sauber - Live clean' campaign."

The race starts Wednesday in the winter sports center Garmisch Partenkirchen and ends Sunday in Fürth. It features a 24 km time trial through the famous tourist center of Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, known for its well-preserved medieval old town.

Start list

Agritubel                                   Team Milram
 
1 Aivaras Barauskas (Ltu)                   11 Ralf Grabsch (Ger)
2 Linas Balciunas (Ltu)                     12 Enrico Poitschke (Ger)
3 Emilien Benoît Berges (Fra)               13 Björn Schröder (Ger)
4 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra)                    14 Sebastian Schwager (Ger)
5 Hans Dekkers (Ned)                        15 Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
6 Denis Robin (Fra)                         16 Sebastian Siedler (Ger)
7 Benoît Salmon (Fra)                       17 Erik Zabel (Ger)
 
Gerolsteiner                                Team CSC
 
21 Heinrich Haussler (Ger)                  31 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
22 Bernhard Kohl (Aut)                      32 Anders Lund (Den)
23 David Kopp (Ger)                         33 Stuart O'grady (Aus)
24 Stefan Schumacher (Ger)                  34 Carlos Sastre Candil Spa
25 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)                    35 Frank Schleck (Lux)
26 Fabian Wegmann (Ger)                     36 Nicki Sřrensen (Den)
27 Peter Wrolich (Aut)                      37 Jens Voigt (Ger)
 
Elk Haus - Simplon                          Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta
 
41 Martin Comploi (Aut)                     51 Tobias Erler (Ger)
42 Tomas Konecny (Cze)                      52 Matthias Friedemann (Ger)
43 Michael Pichler (Aut)                    53 Elnathan Heizmann (Ger)
44 Christian Pfannberger (Aut)              54 Erik Hoffmann (Nam)
45 Thomas Rohregger (Aut)                   55 René Obst (Ger)
46 Jochen Summer (Aut)                      56 Björn Papstein (Ger)
47 Jan Valach (Svk)                         57 Holger Sievers (Ger)
 
Team Regiostrom - Senges                    Astana
 
61 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned)                  71 Koen De Kort (Ned)
62 Stefan Ganser (Ger)                      72 René Haselbacher (Aut)
63 Björn Glasner (Ger)                      73 Thomas Frei Swi
64 Hans-Jürgen Juretzek (Ger)               74 Matthias Kessler (Ger)
65 Peter Mohlmann (Ned)                     75 Andreas Klöden (Ger)
66 Corey Sweet (Aus)                        76 Daniel Navarro (Spa)
67 Wolfram Wiese (Ger)                      77 Michael Schär Swi
 
Team Wiesenhof Felt                         Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia
 
81 Jörg Ludewig (Ger)                       91 Sergio Barbero (Ita)
82 Daniel Musiol (Ger)                      92 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita)
83 Olaf Pollack (Ger)                       93 Bruno Bertolini (Ita)
84 Robert Retschke (Ger)                    94 Ivan Degasperi (Ita)
85 André Schulze (Ger)                      95 Emiliano Donadello (Ita)
86 Peter Velits (Svk)                       96 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita)
87 Steffen Wesemann Swi                     97 Leonardo Moser (Ita)
 
T-Mobile Team                               Barloworld
 
101 Marcus Burghardt (Ger)                  111 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA)
102 Gerald Ciolek (Ger)                     112 Giosuč Bonomi (Ita)
103 Andreas Klier (Ger)                     113 Diego Caccia (Ita)
104 Servais Knaven (Ned)                    114 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita)
105 André Korff (Ger)                       115 Ryan Cox (RSA)
106 Stephan Schreck (Ger)                   116 Enrico Degano (Ita)
107 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger)                  117 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)
 
Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen     Team Volksbank
 
121 Steven Caethoven (Bel)                  131 Gerrit Glomser (Aut)
122 Johan Coenen (Bel)                      132 Harald Morscher (Aut)
123 Benny De Schrooder (Bel)                133 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut)
124 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel)                 134 Sven Teutenberg (Ger)
125 Serge Pauwels (Ned)                     135 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut)
126 Jelle Vanendert (Bel)                   136 René Weissinger (Ger)
127 Bart Vanheule (Bel)                     137 Mariusz Witecki (Pol)
 
Intel - Action                              Benfica
 
141 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol)                     151 Javier Benítez Pomares Spa
142 Krzysztof Miara (Pol)                   152 Bruno Miguel Castanheira Gomes (Por)
143 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol)                  153 Pedro Miguel Lopes Goncalves (Por)
144 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol)                  154 Helder Miranda Spa
145 Sebastian Skiba (Pol)                   155 Didac Ortega Spa
146 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol)                  156 José Antonio Pecharromán Fabian Spa
147 Dariusz Rudnicki (Pol)                  157 Renato Silva (Por)
 
Heinz von Heiden Focus                      Tenax Salmilano
 
161 Felix Gniot (Ger)                       171 Alessandro Bertuola (Ita)
162 Martin Hebik (Cze)                      172 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita)
163 Serge Herz (Ger)                        173 Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
164 Roman Jordens (Ned)                     174 Jure Golcer (Slo)
165 Christoph Von Kleinsorgen (Ger)         175 Christian Murro (Ita)
166 Jason Phillips (Aus)                    176 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr)
167 Malte Urban (Ger)                       177 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita)

Past winners

2006 Alberto Martinez (USA) Agritubel
2005 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner 
2004 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC       
2003 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
2002 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
2001 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole 
2000 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
1999 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
1998 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) Chicky World
1997 Christian Henn (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
1996 Uwe Peschel (Ger) Germany
1995 Timo Scholz (Ger) Histor Öschelbronn
1994 Pavel Padrnos (Cze)
1993 Alexander Kastenhuber (Ger) Bayern
1992 Jacques Jolidon (Swi)
1991 Brian Walton (Can) Motorola
1990 Jörg Paffrath (Ger) Hessen
1989 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Nordrhein-Westfalen
 
Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com