By Andrew Hood
The 2007 Tour of Germany will include new highs in its nine-day, 1315km route revealed Tuesday by race organizers.
The race starts Aug. 10 in Saarbrücken and ends Aug. 18 in Hannover in a challenging, varied route sure to give the German tour even more prestige as the event continues to gain momentum among fans and racers.
“The race will be extremely difficult,” said 2006 winner Jens Voigt (CSC). “To defend my title won’t be easy.”
The route will feature a team time trial for the time (42.2km in the second stage) as well tackle the 15km, 2600m climb at Rettenbachferner in the fifth stage from Sonthofen to Sölden in Austria.
2007 Tour of Germany, Aug. 10-18
Stage 1, Aug. 10 Sarrebruck-Sarrebruck, 182.1kmStage 2, Aug. 11 Bretten, 42.2km (TTT)Stage 3, Aug. 12 Pforzheim to Offenburg, 181.5kmStage 4, Aug. 13 Singen to Sonthofen, 184.2kmStage 5, Aug. 14 Sonthofen to Sölden (Austria), 158.4kmStage 6, Aug. 15 Lagenfeld to Kufstein (Austria), 191.9kmStage 7, Aug. 16 Kufstein (Austria) to Regensburg, 190.3kmStage 8, Aug. 17 Furth, 40km (ITT)Stage 9, Aug. 18 Einbeck to Hanover, 152.8km
5-5 for SD at CyL
Spanish sprinter José Antonio Ventoso scored a morale-boosting win in Tuesday’s second stage at the Vuelta a Castilla y León.
“The sprint was a little crazy because there was no team clearly taking control of the sprint, except Benfica, riding for Benítez,” Ventoso told journalists. “Just before the last curve, a teammate encouraged me to move ahead and then I started up my sprint and later none of the other riders could pass me.”
Ventoso, who won the U.S. Pro Championships in 2004, moved into the points lead in the five-day stage across northern Spain.
The win was the fifth for the 24-year-old and the fifth for Saunier Duval-Prodir on the 2007 season.
Three of the team’s wins belong to Italian phenom’ Riccardo Riccò (two at Tirreno-Adriatico and one at Tour de San Luis) and another by David Millar at Paris-Nice.
Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d’Epargne) retained the overall lead after a relatively easy stage from Zamora to Salamanca.
“It was a pretty tranquil stage,” Karpets said. “All my teammates worked very good to reel in the breakaway to set up the sprint. At the start of the stage, my legs were a little stiff after the efforts of (Monday’s) time trial, but that was cleared up after a few kilometers. Tomorrow’s stage, less than 150km, could be very fast and the wind could be a big protagonist.”
Bertagnolli detected with cardiac arrhythmia
Liquigas rider Leonardo Bertagnolli will take a 30-day rest after team doctors have detected a cardiac arrhythmia. The Italian suffered a viral infection after the Tour de Mediterranean in February.
Liquigas doctor Roberto Corsetti and Prof. Paolo Zeppilli, a well-known sport cardiologist, had recently conducted special clinical and instrumental checks on Bertagnolli that detected evidence a cardiac arrhythmia. More tests will be conducted at the end of the rest period, the team reported.
Viganò breaks hand
Davide Viganò (Quick Step-Innergetic) crashed on a training ride near his home in Carate Brianza after colliding with a van, the team reported. Viganò will take a 10-day rest after doctors discovered a broken second metacarpus of his left hand and a muscular tear to the quadriceps.