Team Milram captain Linus Gerdemann and teammate Johannes Fröhlinger has been removed from the injured list and will be back in action in time for the upcoming 2010 Milan-San Remo race this Saturday.
The two cyclists have been recovering from intestinal problems that have plagued them since the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy, where they had to be taken out and replaced by two other teammates. Now they are back on the saddle and will be joined by teammates Christian Knees, Luke Roberts, Markus Fothen, Roy Sentjens, Niki Terpstra, and Paul Voss.
However, Team Milram will have to put two other riders on the sick list, as fellow team captain Gerald Ciolek has still yet to get back on the saddle from a shoulder operation, and Fabian Wegmann is out due to a broken collarbone. Ciolek is currently based in an altitude training camp and undergoing rehab with physiotherapist Christian Neitzert.
Gerdemann is expected to be a threat to the other competitors, since he has already won a stage race at the 2010 Tirreno-Adriatico with a similar profile to that of the upcoming Milan-San Remo classic. Luke Roberts is also expected to perform well and has shown the ability and skills to stay in front of the peloton, especially in a long race like this.
Moreover, spokesmen for the team say that with the recent spate of injuries they have suffered coming into the race, the team feels no pressure whatsoever and is actually in a good position to stage a surprise win.
The Milan-San Remo race is the world’s longest one-day pro-cycling race, with a total of 298 kilometers waiting to challenge the riders. It has been organized and held by the Gazetta dello Sport since 1907, with the course remaining almost the same since its initial staging.
Some of the most exciting portions of the race occur during the short ascents near the end, and several races have already been won and lost in these climbs. However, most of the races have also been decided in mass sprints about 4 kilometers away from the finish line.