|Team Name: Gerolsteiner (GST) |
Team Website: www.gerolsteiner.de
2008 Roster: 25 riders
Bikes Used: Specialized
|2007 Highlights: 18 Overall wins, 1st place rider Amstel Gold Race, Giro d’Italia stage win, German National Champion, 1st overall rider Flèche Wallonne, 2nd rider overall Pro Tour rankings. |
In 2008: Founded in 1998, the German Team Gerolsteiner has played a solid role on the international cycling stage for several years with stage wins in all three Grand Tours. Last year they were the youngest team at the Tour de France, where all nine riders completed the entire competition. Likely stand-outs will be Davide Rebellin, who finished 2nd overall in the 2007 Pro Tour rankings, and Fabian Wegmann, who was the German Champion-a feat never done before by a Gerolsteiner Rider. Also look for Giro d’Italia stage winner Robert Förster and Stefan Schumacher, who placed 3rd at the Worlds in Stuttgart.
With four riders leaving and three joining in 2008, the squad will once again be one of the youngest teams in the Pro Tour. The German team comes to the Amgen Tour of California ready to better their 9th place finish from last year.
Team sponsor Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co. KG is the number one mineral water producer in Germany. As the largest exporter of mineral water in Germany, they distribute products to 35 countries worldwide.