Team Milram on Wednesday, announced six of the nine riders it will bring to the Tour de France next month. The remaining three will be chosen based on their performances at the Criterium du Dauphine, the Tour de Suisse and the riders’ respective national championships.
Milram’s first six Tour de France riders:
- Linus Gerdemann
- Gerald Ciolek
- Christian Knees
- Johannes Fröhlinger
- Niki Terpstra
- Thomas Rohregger
Team manager Gerry van Gerwen said Fabian Wegmann’s spot on the team is almost a given, but he wants to be sure Wegmmann has fully recovered from his injury at the Giro d’Italia.
“Fabian Wegmann belongs to the final team,” van Gerwen said. “But now we must be sure … The decision on Fabian’s start will be made after the Tour de Suisse.“
Van Gerwen said the team will not ride for the general classification this year. “We will go with all nine riders for the stage win every day,” he said. “Another goal is to fight for the green jersey of the best sprinter. All eight riders will work for Gerald Ciolek on the sprint stages. At the same time, we want to present ourselves aggressively and competitively and be present in escape groups. If we get the chance that way to take one of the special jersey, then we will do all we can to get it.“
Besides Wegmann, the riders vying for the final three spots are Markus Fothen, Roger Kluge, Dominik Roels, Björn Schröder, Paul Voß, Roy Sentjens, Peter Wrolich and Luke Roberts.