- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 28 April 2009
Team MILRAM is sending eight riders to the start Tuesday of the Tour de Romandie, the German team will be be lead by Markus Foth who showed good form at the Tour of Turkey and is going into Romandie.
"Our goal is a stage win and a forward place in the overall ranking,? said Ralf Grabsch, who together with Italian Vittorio Algeri will serve as Directeur Sportif in Romandie. "The race profile this year is good for us and I am confident that we will have a successful tour."
MILRAM sprinter Robert F?rster had to cancel his start at the last minute. The sprinter, who celebrated his first victory for MILRAM in the Tour of Turkey, is suffering from a cold and has to take a break from racing. He will be replaced by Luca Barla of Italy.
The stage race through western Switzerland marks the beginning of the final preparations for the Giro d’Italia, which starts in Venice on May 9. Much of the team which will ride in the six-day race through the french-speaking part of Switzerland will also be at the Italian race.
Team MILRAM for the Tour de Romandie:
Luca Barla (ITA/ Sanremo-Imperia), Markus Fothen (GER/Kaarst), Thomas Fothen (GER/Kaarst), Martin M?ller (GER/Berlin), Dominik Roels (GER/K?ln), Thomas Rohregger (AUT/Kramsach), Ronny Scholz (GER/Herrenberg), Paul Vo? (GER/Bielefeld)
28.04. Prologue: Lausanne (3,1 km)
29.04. Stage 1: Montreux – Fribourg (176,2 km)
30.04. Stage 2: La Chaux-de-Fonds – La Chaux-de-Fonds (161,5 km)
01.05. Stage 3 (MZF): Yverdon-les-Bains (14,8 km)
02.05. Stage 4: Estavayer-les-lacs – Sainte-Croix (157,5 km)
03.05. Stage 5: Aubonne – Gen?ve (150,5 km)
Total distance: 663,6 km
Website: Team Milram
Photo: Team MILRAM