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24th Rothaus Regio-Tour International - 2.1

Germany, August 20-24, 2008

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The Stages

  • Stage 1 - August 20: Schliengen - Bad Bellingen, 155.5km
  • Stage 2 - August 21: Lutterbach (F) - Soultz (F), 181.0km
  • Stage 3 - August 22: Schopfheim-Wehr, 174.1km
  • Stage 4 - August 23: Gundelfingen (ITT), 14.2km
  • Stage 5 - August 24: Teningen - Vogsburg, 166.7km

Back to its roots

By Bjorn Haake

Andy Cappelle (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner) was one of the stars of the 2007 edition
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With almost 700 kilometres to cover in five days the Regio Tour will be a strenuous work week for the majority of the peloton. Constant effort will be required right up until the end of the tough traditional final stage in Vogtsburg for anyone with overall aspirations. Only then will the winner be able to relax and enjoy a giant mug of beer from main sponsor Rothaus.

Started by Rudi Renz in 1985 as an amateur event, the tour became a professional event in 1994. With all the doping scandals over the last couple of years the main sponsors requested the race return to its roots and amateur status. This year, the Regio Tour will be held one last time for professionals, before reverting back to the amateur format in 2009.

The decision came earlier this year, with the news that 2007 winner Moisés Dueñas doped during the Tour de France.

The organisers also decided to un-invite the CSF Navigare team, following the announcement that Emanuele Sella tested positive for EPO.

Rudi Renz decided to not go out with a star studded field before the race will drop in significance. Last year, all eyes were on riders like Alessandro Petacchi. He won a stage and the sprinters jersey, but was also implicated in a - somewhat bizarre - doping scandal.

This year, the most famous names are Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner), Björn Thurau (the son of former yellow jersey Didi), 1999 overall winner Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), 2005 overall winner Nico Sijmens (Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner), Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone Caffe Mokambo) and Australian Luke Roberts, who now rides for the German Kuota - Senges team after two seasons with CSC.

Dominik Roels raced for the U23 National Team last year before scoring a contract with Milram
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Last year, T-Mobile was also part of the race. Their switch to American soil, and subsequent non start this year will leave only three ProTour teams at the start in Schliengen. Gerolsteiner and Rabobank have the two biggest favourites for the overall win with Fothen and Niermann, respectively. Milram has Björn Schröder and the young and very talented Dominik Roels, but they may not be enough against the German and Dutch power houses.

The Spanish team Contentpolis Murcia will be hot contenders for some stage victories. After all, the winner of the final stage in the 2007 race, Adrián Palomares, is in its line-up.

The German teams racing on home soil, 3C Gruppe, Team Mapei Heizomat and the U23 national team, will naturally be very motivated. But more than a stage win would be a real surprise.

Andy Cappelle (Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner) will also be targeting another stage win after a fine performance in last years race which saw him win a stage by almost five minutes. Two Swiss teams, Atlas Romer's Hausbäckerei and Stegcomputer, complete the local hero section, with many riders coming from or training in the Regio, the three-country area of Switzerland, France and Germany.

The original race always strived to go through all three of these countries, but over the years Switzerland backed out and France was reduced to one stage.

Traditional route offers familiar pain

The race will be structured much like in the last couple of years. The opening stage, the Markgräflerland-Etappe, will take in the beauty of the southern most area of Germany. Several sprints are at stake in a mostly flat stage. But the Col de Blauen is over 1,100 metres high. With only 31 kilometres left before the finish, a group may get away. It may not make much of a difference in the overall, but a stage victory is certainly a nice souvenir from the Black Forest.

The peloton flying down the neck breaking descent in the southern vineyards
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The second stage is entirely ridden in France, with the biggest obstacle along the 181 kilometres route being the Col du Bannstein. It is less than half the height of the Blauen, at 483 metres, but its three-peat will make sure the sprinters will have a hard time, even though last year Alessandro Petacchi was strong enough to prevail.

In the third stage everybody will make sure that the mistake from last year won't be repeated. In 2007, Andy Capelle broke away early and eventually finished almost five minutes ahead of everybody else. But the favourites will certainly be thinking about saving some energy for the next day, with the decisive time trial on the menu.

Unlike last year's very hilly course, this year's race against the clock is mostly flat, with three freeway crossings (two overpasses and one underpass) the only exceptions. Held mostly on small farm roads, the biggest danger could be a mechanical. The circuit with start and finish in the heart of Gundelfingen near Freiburg will ensure that everyone gets to enjoy some tail-, cross- and headwind.

The final stage is once again the "King's stage". The first 50 kilometres are flat. Then the final circuit will be reached in the vineyards. A steep section culminates on the KOM point "Auf dem Eck" (meaning "on the corner"). The loop is 16.5 kilometres long. It will have to be completed seven times, including the neck breaking descent.

Start list

Gerolsteiner                              Team Milram
1 Markus Fothen (Ger)                     11 Dominik Roels (Ger)
2 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)               12 Björn Schröder (Ger)
3 Nico Keinath (Ger)                      13 Sebastian Schwager (Ger)
4 Volker Ordowski (Ger)                   14 Simon Geschke (Ger)
5 Ronny Scholz (Ger)                      15 Arne Hassink (Ned)
6 Oliver Zaugg (Swi)                      16 Mitja Schlüter (Ger)
Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner            Joker - Bianchi
21 Bert De Waele (Bel)                    31 Joachim Bøhler (Nor)
22 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel)                32 Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
23 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel)               33 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
24 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel)                 34 Stian Sommerseth (Nor)
25 Kevin Neirynck (Bel)                   35 Svein Vold (Nor)
26 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned)                 36 Frederik Willmann (Nor)
U23 German National Team                  Contentpolis - Murcia
41 Stefan Schäfer (Ger)                   51 Manuel Calvente Corbas (Spa)
42 Phillip Ries (Ger)                     52 Javier Chacon Quesasa (Spa)
43 John Degenkolb (Ger)                   53 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa)
44 Dominique Nerz (Ger)                   54 Pedro Vera Alcaraz (Spa)
45 Martin Reimer (Ger)                    55 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa)
46 Patrick Gretsch (Ger)                  56 Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa)
Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo            Team Kuota - Senges
71 Dario Andriotto (Ita)                  81 Björn Glasner (Ger)
72 Gabriele Balducci (Ita)                82 Matthias Bertling (Ger)
73 Andrei Kunitski (Blr)                  83 Laurent Didier (Lux)
74 Luca Paolini (Ita)                     84 Malaya Van Ruitenbeck (Ned)
75 Diego Milán Jiménez (Spa)              85 Stefan Ganser (Ger)
76 Andrea Rossi (Ita)                     86 Thom Van Dulmen (Ned)
Rietumu Bank-Riga                         Team 3C - Gruppe Lamonta
91 Roman Koltsov (Rus)                    101 Sergej Fuchs (Ger)
92 Sergey Firsanov (Rus)                  102 Frank Scherzinger (Ger)
93 Alexander Mironov (Rus)                103 Domenik Klemme (Ger)
94 Mart Ojavee (Est)                      104 Voß Paul  (Ger)
95 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat)              105 Dennis Pohl (Ger)
96 Ivan Seledkov (Rus)                    106 Björn Papstein (Ger)
LPR Brakes                                Atlas - Romer's Hausbäckerei
111 Matteo Montaguti (Ita)                121 Marius Bernatonis (Ltu)
112 Walter Proch (Ita)                    122 Andreas Henig (Ger)
113 Claudio Cucinotta (Ita)               123 Reto Hollenstein (Swi)
114 Giairo Ermeti (Ita)                   124 Timo Honstein (Ger)
115 Sergio Laganà (Ita)                   125 Nico Schndeider (Ger)
116 Cristiano Salerno (Ita)               126 Fabien Wolf (Swi)
Stegcomputer - CKT - Cogeas               Adria Mobil
131 Timo Albiez (Ger)                     141 Uros Murn (Slo)
132 Peter Joerg (Swi)                     142 Marko Kump (Slo)
133 Michael Haiser (Ger)                  143 Jure Zrimsek (Slo)
134 Tigran Korkotyan (Arm)                144 Joze Senekovic (Slo)
135 Janusch Laule (Swi)                   145 Benjamin Cujnik (Slo)
136 Benjamin Stauder (Ger)                146 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
Team Mapei Heizomath                      Elk Haus - Simplon
151 Michael Franzl (Ger)                  161 Jochen Summer (Aut)
152 Sebastian Hans (Ger)                  162 Markus Eibegger (Aut)
153 David Hesselbarth (Ger)               163 Steffen Radochla (Ger)
154 Kim Lachmann (Ger)                    164 Björn Thurau (Ger)
155 Robert Retschke (Ger)                 165 Harald Starzengruber (Aut)
156 Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger)           166 Clemens Fankhauser (Aut)
Centri Della Calzatura-Partizan           Rabobank
171 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col)     181 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col)
172 Artur Krol (Pol)                      182 Theo Eltink (Ned)
173 Dmitri Nikandrov (Rus)                183 Pieter Weening (Ned)
174 Luca Zanasca (Ita)                    184 Paul Martens (Ger)
175 Esad Hasanovic (Srb)                  185 Grischa Niermann (Ger)
176 Zsolt Der (Srb)                       186 William Walker (Aus)

Past winners

2007 Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Agritubel  
2006 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team
2005 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago  
2004 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team
2003 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
2002 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
2001 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
2000 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Amica Chips
1999 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
1998 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Polti
1997 Viatcheslav Djavanian (Rus) Roslotto
1996 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom
1995 Roberto Pistore (Ita) Team Polti
1994 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Castorama
1993 Pascal Hervé (Fra) Amateur
1992 Dainis Ozols (Lat) Amateur
1991 Alexander Kastenhuber (Ger) Nordrhein-Westfalen
1990 Alexandre Shefer (Kaz) Amateur
1989 Falk Boden (GDR) Amateur
1988 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Amateur
1987 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Amateur
1986 Flavio Vanzella (Ita) Amateur
1985 Uli Rottler (Ger) Schüller-Derby Berlin
Past winners by Mario Stiehl,